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Prince (1958-2016): An Appreciation

Prince (1958-2016): An Appreciation

Prince always found a way to transcend his own legendary eccentricities. And this music, more than all of that, is what will remain.

Yes, “And You and I” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

Yes, “And You and I” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

The opening title track on ‘Close to the Edge’ is longer, but “And You and I” may truly be Yes at the peak of its powers.

Volcano Radar – Electro Parables/Electro Parábalas (2016)

Volcano Radar – Electro Parables/Electro Parábalas (2016)

Volcano Radar was formed back in 2012 when Chicago-based guitarist, composer, eductor and poet Julia Miller found musical chemistry with a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Uruguay, Elbio Barilari. Two very outward thinking musicians who came together from decidedly different backgrounds to exploit some common ground in the playground of experimental, noisy electro-jazz. Refutation of Time (2013) was the first productRead More

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969): Saturdays in the Park

“Questions 67 & 68,” from 1969’s ‘Chicago Transit Authority,’ is an early glimpse into the genius that is Robert Lamm.

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Although very different, Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh blend together on ‘Ears Are Filled With Wonder’ in a wondrous and surprising manner.

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II (2016)

I’ve always been a fan of Zakk Wylde’s acoustic work, and the guitar parts here – both unplugged and electrified – are as solid as they come.

Santana – Santana IV (2016)

Santana – Santana IV (2016)

‘Santana IV’ remind us of what made the Santana band so groundbreaking, influential and appealing back in the day, plus a little bit more.

Night Songs by Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, others: Odd Couples

Night Songs by Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, others: Odd Couples

Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello + others have tackled the great existential empty void over the years. But who did it best?

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Keith Emerson’s Death Sparked a Journey Through the Past

Mike Tiano remembers Keith Emerson, the legendary Emerson Lake and Palmer keyboardist who died on March 10, 2016.

Tomas Doncker – The Mess We Made (2016)

Tomas Doncker – The Mess We Made (2016)

Tomas Doncker’s genre-bending sound has always been impossible to define, and the bluesy, politically charged ‘Mess We Made’ is no different.