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John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 Box Set (2013)

John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 Box Set (2013)

John Mellencamp may be known for changing his name an astonishing three times, but he is respected for two other qualities: his status as the Bruce Springsteen of the Midwest, and his refusal to compromise his sound to fit the latest trends.

Ronnie Montrose – Bearings (1999; 2013 reissue)

Ronnie Montrose – Bearings (1999; 2013 reissue)

This acoustic offering, remastered and packaged together with a new concert tribute to Ronnie Montrose, offers an opportunity for quiet reflection on the guitarist’s lost genius.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Time to Kill” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Time to Kill” from Stage Fright (1970)

“Time to Kill” found the Band — even as they went out into the world to face the mythos they had created in their initial sepia-toned absence — celebrating a bucolic world left behind.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Sleeping” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Sleeping” from Stage Fright (1970)

Richard Manuel’s greatest triumph on Stage Fright, and one of his last signature moments of creativity, arrives with “Sleeping” — as does the growing sense that this is a Band album like no other

‘It’s among the most enduring music’: Elvis Costello on his lasting connection to the Band

‘It’s among the most enduring music’: Elvis Costello on his lasting connection to the Band

For Elvis Costello, the Band arrived like a bolt out of the blue. At the same time, there was an ageless quality to the songs — in particular Levon Helm and Company’s “Rag Mama Rag,” from 1969′s The Band.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Strawberry Wine” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Strawberry Wine” from Stage Fright (1970)

Garth Hudson catches a honking groove on the accordion, setting the stage for a galloping assertion of carnal desire to which only Levon Helm — with his patented yard-dog yelp — could do justice.

Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, others – An Unreal Dream: Soundtrack (2013)

A forthcoming documentary promises to retell the story of an innocent Texan unjustly jailed for his wife’s murder. The soundtrack for An Unreal Dream only adds to the tale’s complex story of redemption.

One Track Mind: Twae-Left-Feet, “Guess into Frank’s Reel” (2013)

One Track Mind: Twae-Left-Feet, “Guess into Frank’s Reel” (2013)

Beginning with a ruminative exploration on the fiddle, the Boston-based Celtic duo Twae-Left-Feet paint an enveloping portrait of old-world charm – before leaping with winking gusto into what might be best described as heel-clicking hootenanny. Meanwhile, Scott Burn’s layered, deeply intriguing work on the tambourine-like bodhran gives the tune both its ageless complexity and its joy-fueled propulsion. Turns out, “GuessRead More

The Band’s Garth Hudson to take part in benefit for Philadelphia children’s music programs

The Band’s Garth Hudson to take part in benefit for Philadelphia children’s music programs

Garth Hudson will be featured as a guest celebrity during a special pre-show meet and greet for the Tribute to the Last Waltz benefit, held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “King Harvest” from The Band (1969)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “King Harvest” from The Band (1969)

“King Harvest,” the unforgettably sad tale of a besieged farmer, begins not with a scene-setting declaration, but with a quiet sense of forboding — one that returns for its out-of-time chorus