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Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance (2012)

Patterson Hood is an aspiring novelist, destined to someday become the next William Faulkner. Well, maybe; his day job often gets in the way of that.

Books: Street Player: My Chicago Story, by Danny Seraphine (2010)

Danny Seraphine served as the drummer for Chicago from 1967 to 1990. He may not be one of the more famous drummers in rock ‘n roll history but he is definitely on the list of the most respected skin beaters of the classic rock era.

Something Else! sneak peek: Jeff Lynne, "Point of No Return" (2012)

Jeff Lynne’s forthcoming redo of classic Electric Light Orchestra songs includes one eagerly awaited new composition, called “Point of No Return.” Check it out here!

Remembering Katrina: Aaron Neville, "Louisiana 1927" (1991)

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, an event that touched off the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

Mark Knopfler – Privateering (2012)

Mark Knopfler works with a loose theme here, that of living by your wits on the high seas, but the broader messages found on Privateering are sure to resonate with anyone who’s faced down life’s mighty struggles.

Books: Please, Please Me, by Alex Hendler (2012)

Something different was happening. Paul — (John’s) partner, friend, and, yes, sometime rival — whom John felt he knew as well as anybody, yet sometimes feel he didn’t know at all, was with him, on this magic carpet ride

Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi – WhoCares (2012)

This new two-disc set of rarities and unreleased tracks, built around a double-sided benefit single from Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi, traces a series of intriguing side trips traveled by Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

Desert Island Discs: One Hit Wonder Edition

By this estimation, the decade of the One Hit Wonder was the 1970s, as our panel of potentially stranded passengers voted for 18 tracks from that era to take along on their doomed trip.

On Second Thought: Badfinger – The Best of Badfinger (1995)

Just as the Beatles were breaking up, along comes Badfinger, attacking radio stations everywhere with a song bearing an uncannily resemblance to a prime piece of power pop of the Fab Four variety.

Chick Corea and Gary Burton – Hot House (2012)

When Chick Corea and Gary Burton get together, as they have every year for the last forty years, it’s a communion of music masters that has no peers.