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Jeff Lynne’s Armchair Theatre started with an impossible-to-match bang

Jeff Lynne’s Armchair Theatre started with an impossible-to-match bang

Jeff Lynne’s ‘Armchair Theatre,’ released this month in 1990, struggled to live up to its opening track’s promise – but often charmed us, anyway.

Harvie S and Sheryl Bailey – Plucky Strum (2015)

Harvie S and Sheryl Bailey – Plucky Strum (2015)

Bassist Harvie S and guitarist Sheryl Bailey’s ‘Plucky Strum’ shows how chops can be played unselfishly to make the other musician — and the music itself — sound at its best.

When the National Anthem, well, sucked: Gimme Five

When the National Anthem, well, sucked: Gimme Five

In its best moments, the National Anthem is a heady combination of patriotism and emotional resonance. Then, there are the other times.

Rock Candy Funk Party, “Don’t Be Stingy with the SMPTE” (2015): Something Else! sneak peak

Rock Candy Funk Party, “Don’t Be Stingy with the SMPTE” (2015): Something Else! sneak peak

Tal Bergman, Joe Bonamassa and the rest of the Rock Candy Funk Party gang are back with a new, hard-groovin’ song “Don’t Be Stingy With the SMPTE.”

The Spanish Donkey [Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride] – Raoul (2015)

The Spanish Donkey [Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride] – Raoul (2015)

Here is a review of the freaky fun psychedelic improv free jazz/rock jam ‘Raoul’ by the Spanish Donkey, featuring Joe Morris, Jamie Saft and Mike Pride.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Boz Scaggs, Pops Staples, Papa Mali, Wes Montgomery, Robben Ford, the Word, Steve Earle and Beth Hart.

Exploring deep cuts from the Band’s Music from Big Pink: Gimme Five

Exploring deep cuts from the Band’s Music from Big Pink: Gimme Five

Released on July 1, 1968, ‘Music from Big Pink’ included several famous cuts that defined the Band’s legacy forever. We discuss some lesser-known favorites.

Sam Trapchak – Land Grab (2015)

Sam Trapchak – Land Grab (2015)

Here is a review of Sam Trapchak’s solid second album, ‘Land Grab,’ with Greg Ward, Tom Chang and Christian Coleman.

The Rugbys – Hot Cargo (1969): Forgotten Series

The Rugbys – Hot Cargo (1969): Forgotten Series

The hard-rocking, unjustly overlooked Rugbys certainly had good ideas and a rich imagination, so there’s a lot of neat stuff going on here.

Novalima's new album, Planetario, is out now.

Novalima – Planetario (2015)

‘Planetario’ may be Novalima’s most accessible release to date, but the Afro-Peruvian electronica group still packs quite a wallop.