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‘Really, it’s uncharted territory': John Oates on a new solo project, life after Hall and Oates’ heyday

‘Really, it’s uncharted territory': John Oates on a new solo project, life after Hall and Oates’ heyday

As John Oates prepared for the release of a new track with Hot Chelle Rae, he joined us to chat about his inventive Good Road to Follow solo project, and how his life has changed since Hall and Oates’ heyday.

One Track Mind: The Romantics – “Little White Lies / I Can’t Tell You Anything” (1977)

Detroit, Michigan has forever been known for its great music, and the Romantics are just one of many special bands born in the city.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Yazoo Street Scandal” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Yazoo Street Scandal” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

While The Basement Tapes’ “Orange Juice Blues” found the Band taking their first tentative steps toward something utterly brand new, the fable-teller’s yowl of “Yazoo Street Scandal” provides a road map to their destination.

‘I’m a proud owner of a Toto toilet': Steve Lukather comes to terms with jokes about his band’s name

‘I’m a proud owner of a Toto toilet': Steve Lukather comes to terms with jokes about his band’s name

As Toto prepares for the opening night of its 2013 tour on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Brussels, guitarist Steve Lukather finds himself answering the inevitable questions about the origins of the band’s name. His answer might surprise you.

Something Else! Interview: Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer

Something Else! Interview: Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer

As Glass Hammer reissues 2005’s Inconsolable Secret, it’s easy to connect those early attempts at broader narrative concepts with the band’s recent epic release Perilous.

Exclusive stream: Stephen Stills with Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “Don’t Want Lies” (2013)

Exclusive stream: Stephen Stills with Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “Don’t Want Lies” (2013)

Sounding something like Stephen Stills’ seminal Super Session project, with a dash of CSNY, this exclusive advance stream of “Don’t Want Lies” finds Stills participating in a loose, bluesy date with Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd

On Second Thought: Liam Finn – Fomo (2011)

With Fomo, Liam Finn found his own voice while carrying on the family tradition of sunny pop song craft leavened with trippy experimentalism. The Finn family firm, of course, includes father Neil and uncle Tim

Download: David Byrne and St. Vincent – Brass Tactics EP (2013)

Download: David Byrne and St. Vincent – Brass Tactics EP (2013)

David Byrne and St. Vincent continue their brass-focused, ass-wriggling collaboration with Brass Tactics, an EP with this intriguing new track, two throwaway remixes and a pair of terrific live cuts. Download it free here.

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Wings Over America (1976; 2013 reissue)

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Wings Over America (1976; 2013 reissue)

Members of certain generations instantly sense excitement when hearing the opening lyrics to “Venus and Mars”: “Sitting in the stand of the sports arena, waiting for the show to begin.”

Almost Hits: Elvis Costello and the Attractions, “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983)

Almost Hits: Elvis Costello and the Attractions, “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983)

Elvis Costello has released so many albums and singles, it’s astounding that he has never scored a huge hit in America. He came close, however, with 1983’s “Everyday I Write the Book,” a track off Punch the Clock.