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The J. Geils Band, “One Last Kiss” from House Party Live In Germany (2015): One Track Mind

The J. Geils Band, “One Last Kiss” from House Party Live In Germany (2015): One Track Mind

In the run up to the J. Geils Band’s early-1980s-era hitmaking period, they still possessed the bluesy party-band grit of their earliest days.

The Replacements collapsed in a heap of success with Don’t Tell A Soul

The Replacements collapsed in a heap of success with Don’t Tell A Soul

With ‘Don’t Tell A Soul,’ released on Feb. 1, 1989, the Replacements tried to move on from fashioning art out of chaos. Instead, they imploded.

Steve Earle, “Baby Baby Baby (Baby)” from Terraplane (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Earle, “Baby Baby Baby (Baby)” from Terraplane (2015): One Track Mind

The opening track from Steve Earle’s upcoming ‘Terraplane,’ a chugging Howlin’ Wolf-esque electric blues, works on two levels.

Garth Hudson, “Garth Largo” from Largo (1998): Across the Great Divide

Garth Hudson, “Garth Largo” from Largo (1998): Across the Great Divide

Garth Hudson’s genius has been rightly celebrated across all manner of disciplines. “Largo,” perhaps his least-heralded triumph, reminds us why.

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen’s new collaboration with Paul Weitz feels like it came together over black coffee among friends. In essence, that is the story.

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

Accordion … rock? Yes, accordion rock. Not novelty tunes, polka, zydeco or silly remakes. Let’s look back on times when the accordion played a key role.

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

The Florida-based JJ Grey and Mofro return to make an absolutely heavenly, cross-pollinated racket — like a bourbon tabernacle hootenanny.

Andrew Drury, “Keep The Fool” from Content Provider (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Andrew Drury, “Keep The Fool” from Content Provider (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Drum maestro Andrew Drury provides an advance listen to his dynamic upcoming quartet album ‘Content Provider’ with the leadoff track ‘Keep The Fool.”

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love (2015)

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love (2015)

Sleater-Kinney’s ‘No Cities to Love’ is a set of 10 sharp daggers, clocking in at just a little over 30 minutes and leaving the place a damn wreck.

Randy Bachman + Peter Frampton, “Heavy Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Randy Bachman + Peter Frampton, “Heavy Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Randy Bachman catches a flinty blues-rock groove in the muscular trio style of the late 1960s. A guitar battle with Peter Frampton then ups the ante.