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Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Nestled between “Takin’ It Back” and the smash hit “Hold the Line” on Toto’s 1978 debut, the steady and fun “Rockmaker” is too often overlooked.

Pete Townshend, “Guantanamo,” from Truancy (2015): One Track Mind

Pete Townshend, “Guantanamo,” from Truancy (2015): One Track Mind

Free of big concepts and the heavy legend of the Who’s songbook, Pete Townshend shows he hasn’t lost his writer’s spark, or his angry voice.

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (2015)

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (2015)

The Cash Box Kings’ ‘Holding Court’ isn’t music that builds off the post-war blues tradition. It advances that sound, reconstituted, into a new age.

Steve Cropper on the Beatles’ flirtation with Stax: ‘Didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons’

Steve Cropper on the Beatles’ flirtation with Stax: ‘Didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons’

At the peak of their powers, the Beatles considered recording an album at Stax Records in Memphis. Steve Cropper sorts out why it never happened.

Kiss’ unmasked, very heavy Revenge was their last gasp of greatness

Kiss’ unmasked, very heavy Revenge was their last gasp of greatness

Released on May 19, 1992, ‘Revenge’ is the one non-makeup record that belongs in the conversation with Kiss’ best work.

Steve Robinson + Ed Woltil, “Love Somebody” from Cycle (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Robinson + Ed Woltil, “Love Somebody” from Cycle (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Robinson’s “Love Somebody” sounds like XTC doing Bob Dylan. No, really. It features ex-sidemen with both Dylan acolyte Roger McGuinn and XTC.

The Black Keys’ Brothers pulled together every strand of their genre-jumping genius

The Black Keys’ Brothers pulled together every strand of their genre-jumping genius

‘Brothers,’ released on May 18, 2010, stands as the Black Keys’ best-ever attempt at hybridizing black music into modern rock.

Thee Midniters, “Jump, Jive and Harmonize / Thee Midnite Feeling” (1967): One Track Mind

Thee Midniters, “Jump, Jive and Harmonize / Thee Midnite Feeling” (1967): One Track Mind

Astonishingly diversified, Thee Midniters played every stitch of music conceivable, leading them to appeal to both adults and kids.

Steve Gadd – 70 Strong (2015)

Steve Gadd – 70 Strong (2015)

Here is a review of the Steve Gadd Band’s ’70 Strong’ – which, just as the title states, shows Gadd going as strong as ever at age 70.

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.