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Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Strangered In The Night” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Strangered In The Night” (1976)

“Strangered In The Night” is the second and final song on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that is a leftover from Petty’s solo record sessions, therefore not technically qualifying as a Heartbreakers song.

Topham McCarty Band, “All Your Love” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Top Topham’s recent rejoining with the Yardbirds — for whom he served as original lead guitarist in their art-school days — was a chance to come full circle. He began that journey here, however, in an often-overlooked reunion with drummer Jim McCarty.

Books: The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert (2014)

Ozomatli – Place In The Sun (2014)

I can say without reservation that the Los Angeles-based Ozomatli puts on the best live show I’ve ever experienced. The term “show” doesn’t do the band’s live gigs justice since the audience can’t help but be caught up in the “Ozobeat.” There’s no passive involvement in an Ozomatli concert.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “My City Of Ruins” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “My City Of Ruins” (2002)

Written for the decay and subsequent revival of Asbury Park, “My City Of Ruins” has taken on many other roles since its release. For my money, the most moving and powerful context that Springsteen placed it in began with the gospel and horn-drenched unveiling at that legendary Apollo Theater show.

‘He was like my brother’: Iggy Pop mourns the passing of Stooges drummer Scott Asheton

‘He was like my brother’: Iggy Pop mourns the passing of Stooges drummer Scott Asheton

Iggy Pop says drummer Scott Asheton, a stalwart member of the Stooges with Pop, has died. Asheton had been sidelined with medical issues even as the Stooges gathered to record a new album without Pop. He was 64.

Post-Yes Songs By Billy Sherwood: Gimme Five

Post-Yes Songs By Billy Sherwood: Gimme Five

A primer on Yes alum Billy Sherwood’s subsequent solo career, including work with ex-bandmate Chris Squire and with Circa.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Somebody’s Saturday Night” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Somebody’s Saturday Night” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) ||| ONWARD (“Darkling Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** In case there was any doubt, Walter Becker is a smart ass. Of course if you are a Steely Dan fan you’ve known that for decades.

Jack Bruce – Silver Rails (2014)

Jack Bruce – Silver Rails (2014)

Jack Bruce’s forthcoming Silver Rails isn’t a long-hoped-for return to his greatness with Cream, a fiery fusion excursion in the manner of his more recent work with Spectrum Road, or something else entirely. It’s actually a little of all of that

‘He played like a songwriter’: The Eagles’ Don Felder on how George Harrison changed everything

‘He played like a songwriter’: The Eagles’ Don Felder on how George Harrison changed everything

Don Felder, the ex-Eagles guitarist, acknowledges a myriad of influences on his sound, from Elvis Presley and B.B. King to Eric Clapton. “Just as important,” he adds, “was the early Beatles stuff” — in particular, Felder says, George Harrison’s approach to the guitar on Meet the Beatles.