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Ultimate Painting, “Riverside” (2015): One Track Mind

Ultimate Painting, “Riverside” (2015): One Track Mind

Ultimate Painting’s “Riverside” is one of those songs which drift slowly into your head, and it’s hard to resist a replay.

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

The Florida-based JJ Grey and Mofro return to make an absolutely heavenly, cross-pollinated racket — like a bourbon tabernacle hootenanny.

Randy Bachman + Peter Frampton, “Heavy Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Randy Bachman + Peter Frampton, “Heavy Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Randy Bachman catches a flinty blues-rock groove in the muscular trio style of the late 1960s. A guitar battle with Peter Frampton then ups the ante.

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

It’s easy to think of “Black Sun” as Death Cab for Cutie’s layered farewell to Chris Walla. Instead, it feels more like a new beginning.

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

‘Freedom Highway Complete’ makes viscerally clear that the Staple Singers, though they’d moved far afield of gospel, could still rattle the back pews.

Warren Zevon, “Mohammed’s Radio” from Warren Zevon (1976): One Track Mind

Warren Zevon, “Mohammed’s Radio” from Warren Zevon (1976): One Track Mind

The Jackson Browne-produced “Mohammed’s Radio” helped introduce Warren Zevon — with a key assist from Lindsey Buckingam and Stevie Nicks.

Mark Knopfler, “Beryl” from Tracker (2015): One Track Mind

Mark Knopfler, “Beryl” from Tracker (2015): One Track Mind

“Beryl” reminds us of why Mark Knopfler became famous in the first place — even as it seems to retrace the steps that led him away from that fame.

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

If Bob Dylan’s new song is any indication, ‘Shadows in the Night’ could end up surprising more than a few naysayers. It’s certainly changed my mind.

The Big Sexy, “Better Soon” from Batsu (2014): One Track Mind

The Big Sexy, “Better Soon” from Batsu (2014): One Track Mind

When I heard the Big Sexy’s theme song of comedian J-L Cauvin, I was intrigued. Figuring out who actually performed it was another matter.

Jon Lundbom + Big Five Chord, “The Bottle” from Jeremiah (2015)

Jon Lundbom + Big Five Chord, “The Bottle” from Jeremiah (2015)

Lundbom’s original tune “The Bottle” is a good indicator that there’s no let up from Big Five Chord in Jeremiah from their previous five records.