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The JAC – Faux Pas (2012)

For the past couple of decades, Joe Algeri has kept mighty busy in the independent music community. Bands such as the Stonemasons, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Britannicas pad his resume

Branford Marsalis Quartet – Four MFs Playin' Tunes (2012)

If you’ve often felt that saxophonist Branford Marsalis’ studio recordings failed to reflect the intensity and humor of his live appearances, this MF is for you.

On Second Thought: Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade (1974)

Billy Joel’s second Columbia album, and third overall, is among his least-remembered records. It was inevitable that Streetlife Serenade, the followup to Piano Man, wouldn’t have the same impact

Daren Burns, with Wadada Leo Smith – Fear is not the Natural State of Civilized People (2012)

Daren Burns teaches bass, piano, music theory and composition at Verde Valley School out of Sedona, Arizona.

Baroness – Yellow and Green (2012)

Ambitious and sprawling, Baroness’ double album Yellow and Green is never pompous or packed. The record is one of their best, demonstrating an audacious step forward into the domain of creativity and damn good songwriting.

Devin Gray – Dirigo Rataplan (2012)

Some artists begin their recording career as a leader rather tepidly, playing it safe with stable, derivative styles and often performing other people’s songs before stretching out, taking chances and establishing their own identities on later records.

Forgotten series: The Rubinoos – Basement Tapes (1993)

Rewind the clock to Berkeley, California 1970 and encounter a landscape flush with political unrest, acid-infested blues jams and alternative lifestyles.

The Friday Morning Listen: Greg Brown – Down In There (1990)

It’s like the tides, only slower. There’s this nursery I used to drive by on the way to work, with the majority of the plants layed out on a very long piece of black gardener’s cloth.

Something Else! Featured Artist: Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra

News that Jeff Lynne is making a long-awaited return with both a studio album and a fresh examination of ELO’s greatest hits had us recalling some old favorites.

Something Else! sneak peek: Robert Cray, "(Won't Be) Coming Home" (2012)

Robert Cray’s forthcoming album, called Nothin But Love, was crafted with “dirt under the fingernails,” according to legendary producer Kevin Shirley. Stream the lead single here!