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Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John was a star on the rise in 1973, having gained critical and commercial success in the UK and U.S. in just a few years.

Something Else! sneak peek: Chrissie Hynde, “Dark Sunglasses” from Stockholm (2014)

Beginning with an elastic beat, “Dark Sunglasses” might have heralded a next-gen moment of pop-song modernity for Chrissie Hynde, except that the rest of it has all of the haunty, ball-busting attitude you’ve come to expect from every great Pretenders track going back to the 1970s.

Hall and Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go For That’ isn’t about what you think it’s about; neither is ‘Maneater’

Hall and Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go For That’ isn’t about what you think it’s about; neither is ‘Maneater’

It would be fair to assume, while listening to Hall and Oates’ No. 1 smash hits “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” and “Maneater,” that they are about relationships gone bad. But you know what happens when you assume, right?

Forgotten series: The Greenberry Woods – Big Money Item (1995)

It’s no secret bands containing family members operate on telepathic frequencies. From the Everly Brothers to the Beach Boys to the Kinks to the Bee Gees to the Cowsills to the Jackson Five to AC/DC, such a rapport is clearly evident.

The Black Keys, “Fever” from True Blue (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

The Black Keys, “Fever” from True Blue (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

A lean groove, a crinkly throwback riff, a pained falsetto. Yes, the Black Keys are back — with a song that thrums with pent-up passion and swirling darkness, with something finally worth celebrating. “Fever” is the sound of a churning, unrequited love, and the sound a band that’s completely returned to form.

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Most fans of the Doobie Brothers seem to have allegiances to particular periods in the band’s 45-year history — with the most common divide being Tom Johnston vs. Michael McDonald.

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

Bob Dylan’s career, brimming as it is with enough unreleased tracks to make ordinary songwriters blush, has often puzzled both fans and critics alike. At times, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to his decisions regarding which of composition to release and which to leave in the can. Tracks such as “Blind Willie McTell,” “Lord, Protect My Child,”Read More

‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Ex-Yes man Jon Anderson puts finishing touches on new supergroup

‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Ex-Yes man Jon Anderson puts finishing touches on new supergroup

Jon Anderson, who has principally toured as a solo act since leaving Yes in 2004, is building a new band around the former Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Now, he’s ready to talk about the rest of the lineup.

The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell (2014)

If I’d heard of the Pretty Reckless before I stumbled across the title track of their latest album, Going to Hell, I likely would have written them off as soon as I discovered that their singer was one Taylor Momsen

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) ||| ONWARD (“God’s Eye View”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I recall hearing an interview with Al Stewart of “Time Passages” fame who mentioned that the reason his songs are so lyrically lush (i.e. wordy) is because he believes it’s better to write songs with verses composed of many words and using wordsRead More

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