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Bob Wayne – Back to the Camper (2014)

Bob Wayne – Back to the Camper (2014)

After a two-album stint with metal label Century Media, DiY-country artist Bob Wayne heads Back to the Camper for his latest record

Unboxing Music: People featuring Mary Halvorson – 3xaWoman (2014)

Unboxing Music: People featuring Mary Halvorson – 3xaWoman (2014)

There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation after reading the name “Halvorson” in the promo email. Mary Halvorson is one of the jazz world’s most consistently interesting guitar players. So what’s this trio record all about?

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Mystery Train”  from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Mystery Train” from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Coming as it did during a fallow creative period for the Band, the covers-focused Moondog Matinee could be fairly seen as a placekeeper album — an aperitif before the next statement of purpose. But it wasn’t without its moments of creative and emotional spark

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hurry Up Sundown” from American Beauty (2014)

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hurry Up Sundown” from American Beauty (2014)

A workingman’s song, one built for mashing the gas pedal down with your steel-toed boot, “Hurry Up Sundown” heralds an unexpected gift

Something Else! sneak peek: People featuring Mary Halvorson, “Piles For Miles” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: People featuring Mary Halvorson, “Piles For Miles” (2014)

Mary Halvorson the garage band indie rocker? Sure, why the hell not?

‘It’s bittersweet’: Induction didn’t come soon enough for Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici

‘It’s bittersweet’: Induction didn’t come soon enough for Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici

E Street Band member Nils Lofgren admits that their induction last week into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a bittersweet experience — because it came too late for fellow long-time Bruce Springsteen collaborators Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.

Nick Millevoi – Numbers On The Side (2014)

Nick Millevoi – Numbers On The Side (2014)

Philadelphia guitarist Nick Millevoi has chops to spare, evident when he’s playing in bands like Many Arms, Deveykus, Form and Mess or Haitian Rail.

Medeski, Martin and Wood + Nels Cline – Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2 (2014)

Medeski, Martin and Wood + Nels Cline – Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2 (2014)

Remember back in the late 90′s, when the then-little-known acid jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood got together with John Scofield and caused a funk-jazz commotion?

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Mystery Man” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Mystery Man” (1976)

Tom Petty sets the record straight with Paul Zollo in Conversations With Tom Petty, concerning a very particular label that is often cast upon the Heartbreakers: “We’re always referred to as a Southern band,” he says.

Chuck E. Weiss – Red Beans and Weiss (2014)

Chuck E. Weiss – Red Beans and Weiss (2014)

I’ll say it right now: Red Beans and Weiss is the perfect album for the year 2014.