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Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Badfinger had endured its share of bad luck before April 24, 1975, to be sure. But everything changed on that awful day, when Pete Ham — singer and composer of so many of their hits — committed suicide.

Joe Beck – Get Me Joe Beck (2014)

Joe Beck – Get Me Joe Beck (2014)

Amazon.com Widgets When we listen to the last known recordings of a music great who has passed away, is it natural to elevate the quality of the music in those recordings because nothing else from that musician will ever follow it?

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994)

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994)

Robbie Robertson, though he shares a Native American heritage, spent the first few months on this project simply listening to Indian songs. Then, before full engaging for the first time in this legacy music, he tried to forget all of that and simply create.

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

There’s a moment during the eight-disc set John & Yoko: I’m Not the Beatles when every Beatles fan will envy Village Voice journalist Howard Smith.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Rhys Chatham, “Bass Flute Study 21iv14 V02″ (2014)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Rhys Chatham, “Bass Flute Study 21iv14 V02″ (2014)

Composer/guitarist/trumpet player Rhys Chatham is perhaps most well-known for his early guitar-based aggressions, particularly the sonic wall of sound that was “Drastic Classicism.”

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

A completely rejuvenated Toto begins its 2014 tour in Japan this week, even as a new concert film is set for release. They’re continuing work on a studio project too, the band’s first since 2006.

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

After a long series of post-9/11 explorations into the darkness that’s invaded our lives, from within and from without, Billy Sherwood seems to have found the light at the end of the tunnel on the more approachable Divided by One

One Track Mind: Harvey Mason, “Chameleon” from Chameleon (2014)

One Track Mind: Harvey Mason, “Chameleon” from Chameleon (2014)

Harvey Mason’s upcoming debut on the Concord Music label puts the iconic session drummer squarely into his old jazz-funk environs where he made a name for himself back in the 1970s.

Eric Clapton – Behind the Sun (1985; 2014 SACD reissue)

Eric Clapton – Behind the Sun (1985; 2014 SACD reissue)

Often overlooked, widely misunderstood and generally derided, Behind the Sun might not be the first album you’d picture for a deluxe Steve Hoffman mastering to Audio Fidelity SACD. But, really, that’s the magic of this particular reissue — the way it challenges your expectations, even your memory.

One Track Mind: Jack White, “Lazaretto” from Lazaretto (2014)

One Track Mind: Jack White, “Lazaretto” from Lazaretto (2014)

With the second, and title track, from forthcoming Lazaretto album, Jack White makes a bold move away from the amped-up blues of the initial “High Ball Stepper.”