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The Friday Morning Listen: Beastie Boys – Ill Communication (1994)

You know, I just get so damned tired of people trippin’ all over themselves to pay tribute to these guys when they die. Besides, it’s just friggin’ rap “music.” That’s right, “music.”

Brandon Wright – Journeyman (2012)

Journeyman is sax specialist Brandon Wright’s second time out as a leader and for this go around he brought some of his cohorts in the Mingus Big Band in the studio with him

Gimme Five: Vernon Reid on Spectrum Road, Living Colour and James 'Blood' Ulmer

Vernon Reid has a busy 2012 on tap, with a new jazz-rock collaboration as a part of Spectrum Road to be issued next month and then the latest project with the metal-funk band Living Colour.

Something Else! sneak peek: Lita Ford, “Branded” (2012)

Lita Ford has a lot to prove with her upcoming album Living like a Runaway, due out June 19, 2012. After taking 15 years away from the music biz and moving to the islands to raise a family, Ford made a less than memorable return in 2009.

Mort Weiss: There were big stars at this LA party, but I didn't shine so brightly

Let’s set the scene: Actress Polly Bergen’s Malibu Beach house, 1965. The cast of participants includes Jack Lemmon and his wife Felicia Farr, Kirk Douglas, Jackie Gleason, Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows

David Fiuczynski – Planet Microjam (2012)

One surefire way to know if your ears are trained to listen to European-derived music forms is to listen to microtonal music for even just a few seconds. If it strikes you as exotic and weird, then you are most attuned to Western style music

Debbie Miller – Measures + Waits EP (2012)

An offbeat rumination on love, Debbie Miller’s new EP Measures + Waits finds a way to pull no punches, even as it pulls a few jokes — no easy task.

Something Else! Interview: James "JY" Young, co-founder of Styx

“I’ll be darn,” guitarist James “JY” Young says with a chuckle when told that Styx garnered praise recently from Rolling Stone

Jazz Punks – Smashups (2012)

The L.A.-based quintet Jazz Punks’ thing is to create jarring music by mashing up classic songs of straight ahead jazz with diametrically opposed classic songs of rock.

Something Else! Featured Artist: More Eric Clapton!

The only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist, and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream), Eric Clapton stands in 2012 as one of the most influential guitarists of his or any other generation.