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The Beatles, “Long, Long, Long,” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Long, Long, Long,” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ darkly experimental “Long, Long, Long” foreshadows a frequent trope in George Harrison’s solo work: comparing spiritual and romantic love.

Lindsey Buckingham’s Live at the Bass Performance Hall Torqued Up Memories

Lindsey Buckingham’s Live at the Bass Performance Hall Torqued Up Memories

When Lindsey Buckingham’s terrific ‘Live at Bass Performance Hall’ arrived 10 years ago on March 25, 2008, I realized that I had forgotten some of the minor hits.

Mystery Discs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, INXS + others: Gimme Five

Mystery Discs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, INXS + others: Gimme Five

I found a bunch of albums – including Lynyrd Skynyrd, INXS and others – that I didn’t know I had. In fact, I can’t say why I wanted them in the first place.

Basia, “Matteo” from Butterflies (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Basia, “Matteo” from Butterflies (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

A singer with a 14-letter, consonant-rich last name might find an obstacle to fame but Basia Trzetrzelewska became an international pop star anyway.

Jeff Coffey, “Got to Get Away” (2018): One Track Mind

Jeff Coffey, “Got to Get Away” (2018): One Track Mind

Jeff Coffey has exited Chicago, citing the group’s relentless touring schedule. Luckily, he seems to have no intention of resting on the beach.

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

Bill Frisell is never more Bill than when it’s only Bill, and no one else. ‘Music IS’ features only Frisell’s music, as his deftly looped samples become a second instrument.

‘Survivors Guide to Prison’ Goes Beyond Numbers to Expose Our National Disgrace

‘Survivors Guide to Prison’ Goes Beyond Numbers to Expose Our National Disgrace

Activist-filmmaker Matthew Cooke’s new documentary ‘Survivors Guide to Prison’ is about more than the rudiments of making it on the inside.

Walter Becker, “Were You Close Today” (2018): Something Else! One Track Mind

Walter Becker, “Were You Close Today” (2018): Something Else! One Track Mind

I always regarded Walter Becker as a self-effacing musical genius. This rough take on one of his compositions that wasn’t even deemed good enough to finish only affirms that conviction about him.

Winter Wanderlust from Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes + others: Odd Couples

Winter Wanderlust from Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes + others: Odd Couples

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes and a host of others have written winter-themed songs over the years. But which was best?

Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Released 10 years ago today, this album found Maceo Parker trying another fun experiment with history and sound, but with mixed results.

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