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One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

A mystery-laced tribute to Anne Sexton has lost none of its power, 25 years on.

On Second Thought: David + David – Boomtown (1986)

On Second Thought: David + David – Boomtown (1986)

Dark and intriguing, it left us eager for a second album that, alas, never came.

‘It was very organic and natural’: Ringo Starr’s current All-Starr Band can’t stop having fun

‘It was very organic and natural’: Ringo Starr’s current All-Starr Band can’t stop having fun

Together since 2012, the All-Starrs play the Greek in LA tonight – but they’ll be back.

Marco Minnemann – EEPS (2014)

Marco Minnemann – EEPS (2014)

A multi-instrumentalist who makes a living at the drums but has plenty more to say.

Something Else! sneak peek: Dirty Loops, “Wake Me Up” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Dirty Loops, “Wake Me Up” (2014)

A lot of Dirty Loops’ covers have been released via YouTube, and the latest one to hit the video circuit is their more organic, more virtuosic rendition of Avicii’s Aloe Blacc-sung “Wake Me Up.”

One Track Mind: “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Word Crimes” from Mandatory Fun (2014)

One Track Mind: “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Word Crimes” from Mandatory Fun (2014)

An anthem, whether you know the source material or not, for those who love words.

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Be Back” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “I’ll Be Back” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Inexplicably underrated, “I’ll be Back” foreshadows later Lennon-penned masterpieces.

Ada Rovatti  – Disguise (2014)

Ada Rovatti – Disguise (2014)

The tunes are solid and so are the arrangements, but there’s no disguising good playing and ‘Disguise’ has all of those things out in the clear open. A welcome return to form for Ada Rovatti.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Book Faded Brown” from Jubilation (1998)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Book Faded Brown” from Jubilation (1998)

Rick Danko’s voice, poignant now with aged wisdom, finds previously unknown depths.

Eric Wyatt – Borough of Kings (2014)

Eric Wyatt – Borough of Kings (2014)

Eric Wyatt makes good on his enviable Brooklyn upbringing by evoking the masters he’s met as a child while finding his own voice to do it.’Borough of Kings’ is pure, Brooklyn-bred jazz at its finest.