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3 – A Fiendish Threat (2013)

3 – A Fiendish Threat (2013)

Early word was that A Fiendish Threat would be a new album of Hank Williams III’s “hellbilly” material, the mix of hard rock, punk and country that I don’t think he does nearly enough of.

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” from Abbey Road (1969)

As “Sun King” quietly fades, a drum kickstarts this darkly humorous track: “Mean Mr. Mustard,” a John Lennon composition dating to 1968. His own harshest critic, Lennon later labeled it a “piece of garbage.”

‘It was humbling and overwhelming': The Blockheads are thriving despite loss of Ian Dury

And they are back! Finally, after several years in the wilderness that is self-funding and steadily working at live gigs, the Blockheads have made a return with a new album shortly due to be released

‘It just works with him': Adam Lambert has put to rest questions about fronting Queen

‘It just works with him': Adam Lambert has put to rest questions about fronting Queen

Fans of Adam Lambert’s recent work with Queen have to be thrilled with the response from its two continuing original members, as both Roger Taylor and Brian May seem ever more impressed

‘I’m the biggest Peter Cetera fan': Jason Scheff on his predessor in Chicago

‘I’m the biggest Peter Cetera fan': Jason Scheff on his predessor in Chicago

Jason Scheff says his entrance into Chicago, just as Peter Cetera left, involved a moment of good luck when a tape of one of his songs found its way to the band. After that, things moved quickly.

Alex Chilton – Electicity by Candlelight (2013)

Alex Chilton – Electicity by Candlelight (2013)

In a way, this kind of chaos — a darkened stage at the Knitting Factory — was the perfect setting for Alex Chilton, a performer who had made his legend drawing outside the lines.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “When You Awake” from The Band (1969)

A triumph of narrative balance, “When You Awake” features the voice of a small boy in the verse and his grandfather’s response in the chorus. It perhaps could only work within a performance by Rick Danko

Something Else! sneak peek: Van Morrison, “Into the Mystic [Take 11]” from Moondance Box Set (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Van Morrison, “Into the Mystic [Take 11]” from Moondance Box Set (2013)

As Warner Bros. gets set to release a sprawling five-disc reissue of Van Morrison’s breakthrough Moondance, here’s a chance to hear one of its tastiest extras — an alternate take on “Into the Mystic.”

Flurry of activity, recognition has followed passing of Levon Helm: ‘A very positive time, actually’

Flurry of activity, recognition has followed passing of Levon Helm: ‘A very positive time, actually’

Even as Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard was officially dedicated last week in New York’s Ulster County, the late Band drummer and vocalist’s concert space was a flurry of musical activity

On Second Thought: Eric Burdon and the Animals – The Animals (1964)

Fronted by the incredibly powerful lungs of Eric Burdon, the Animals were one of the key players in the extremely influential British Invasion movement.