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Something Else! columnist Kit O’Toole featured at Fest for Beatles Fans

Something Else! columnist Kit O’Toole featured at Fest for Beatles Fans

Kit O’Toole, who writes a regular column for Something Else!, is a featured speaker at this weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago.

Yes, Aug. 12, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 12, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Sherwood had huge shoes to fill as he replaced the late bassist Chris Squire for Yes’ Aug. 12, 2015 stop at Pier 6 in Baltimore.

Confessions from someone who used to hate Metallica’s Black Album

Confessions from someone who used to hate Metallica’s Black Album

When Metallica’s ‘Black Album,’ released on Aug. 12, 1991, hurtled them into the mainstream, it felt like something sacred had been taken away.

Toto, “Lorraine” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Lorraine” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

I’d argue ‘Hydra’ did more to establish Toto’s style and sound than their debut. The complex and entertaining “Lorraine” is exemplary of that.

Inside the naming of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’ : ‘The stinking-est music I’ve ever heard!’

Inside the naming of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’ : ‘The stinking-est music I’ve ever heard!’

Steve Cropper recalls the off-handed approach to finding a title for Booker T. and the MGs’ timeless ‘Green Onions,” released in August 1962.

Moody and mystical, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow debut launched medieval metal

Moody and mystical, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow debut launched medieval metal

Unfairly compared to Deep Purple, ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’ nevertheless arrived in August 1975 with a plethora of cool and interesting moments.

Allman Brothers Band rebounded on Brothers and Sisters despite crushing loss

Allman Brothers Band rebounded on Brothers and Sisters despite crushing loss

Recorded in a period of emotional turmoil, ‘Brothers and Sisters’ found the Allman Brothers Band leaning on one another, recommitting to the group dynamic.

Paul McCartney on the Beatles’ breakthrough with Revolver: ‘Me and John were starting to really cook’

Paul McCartney on the Beatles’ breakthrough with Revolver: ‘Me and John were starting to really cook’

‘Revolver,’ released in America on August 8, 1966, can be seen as the Beatles’ big-bang moment. Paul McCartney says he could see it coming.

Ian Gillan basically drank his way into Black Sabbath: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

Ian Gillan basically drank his way into Black Sabbath: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

A visit to a pub with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi led to Ian Gillan joining Black Sabbath for ‘Born Again,’ released on Aug. 7, 1983.

Robbie Robertson + Rick Danko, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson + Rick Danko, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1991): Across the Great Divide

A moving turn by former Band mate Rick Danko gives shape to a yearning at the center of Robbie Robertson’s darkly mysterious “Hold Back the Dawn.”