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Papa Mali, “I’m a Ram” from Music is Love (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Papa Mali, “I’m a Ram” from Music is Love (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Papa Mali’s “I’m a Ram” is an intriguing voodoo of sex and danger, something that seems to always surround the best Louisiana music.

The Zakary Thaks – It’s The End: The Definitive Collection (2015)

The Zakary Thaks – It’s The End: The Definitive Collection (2015)

Motivated by fire in their belly and a true love for rock and roll, the Zakary Thaks brought their edgy talents together with amazing synchronicity.

Nick Hempton, “Nordberg Suite [Catch and Release #6]” (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Nordberg Suite [Catch and Release #6]” (2015): One Track Mind

Here is a review of the sixth song from Nick Hempton’s ‘Catch and Release’ series. “Nordberg Suite” features Bruce Harris on trumpet — and no drums.

Toto, “Bend” from Toto XIV  (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Toto, “Bend” from Toto XIV (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Porcaro’s official return to Toto hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. An import bonus track from the upcoming ‘Toto XIV’ fixes that.

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

This brave song, written about the horror of racism long before the Civil Rights movement, is given a different complexity by Cassandra Wilson.

Spin Marvel featuring Nils Petter Molvær – Infolding (2015)

Spin Marvel featuring Nils Petter Molvær – Infolding (2015)

Here is a review of ‘Infolding,’ an explosive techno-jazz record by Martin France-led Spin Marvel featuring trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær.

Tony Kaye discusses his scary Yes Album-era injury: ‘We hit a car head on’

Tony Kaye discusses his scary Yes Album-era injury: ‘We hit a car head on’

Tony Kaye was on the way back from a Yes performance at Basingstoke in 1970, when the band was involved in a horrific crash.

Staple Singers, “Samson and Delilah” from Freedom Hwy. Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Samson and Delilah” from Freedom Hwy. Complete (2015): One Track Mind

There was no small amount of violence in Blind Willie Johnson’s original take, and that’s boldly recaptured in this unheard version by the Staple Singers.

Syberen van Munster – Plunge For Distance (2015)

Syberen van Munster – Plunge For Distance (2015)

Here’s a review of Syberen van Munster’s debut album ‘Plunge For Distance,’ a sophisticated work that gently combines Old and New Worlds.

Midnight North – Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles EP (2015)

Midnight North – Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles EP (2015)

By embracing traditional sounds and executing them with vital energy, Midnight North has produced a record that stands on its own merits.