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Exclusive stream: Roger Eno with Plumbline, “Pulling Strings” from Endless City/Concrete Garden (2013)

Roger Eno, the romanticist brother of Brian Eno, returns to his collaboration with experimental artist Plumbline — who spent a long period before their first duo effort capturing verite sounds at intersections in New York City.

Gimme Five: Songs by Chicago … That Weren’t

Gimme Five: Songs by Chicago … That Weren’t

There are plenty of bands that wear their influences on their sleeves, to the point where their material could be mistaken for those who influenced them. Sometimes its an intentional homage, other times its accidental

Lisa Mychols – Above, Beyond and In Between (2013)

For the past couple of decades, Lisa Mychols has been very busy making music through a variety of vessels.

One Track Mind: Blackfield, “Pills” from Blackfield IV (2013)

One Track Mind: Blackfield, “Pills” from Blackfield IV (2013)

Even as Steven Wilson focuses more determinedly on his solo career, Blackfield — his concurrent, more pop-focused project with Aviv Geffen — continues forward.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Reelin’ In The Years [Live]” (1995)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Reelin’ In The Years [Live]” (1995)

<<< BACKWARD (“Bodhisattva [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“Josie [Live]”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Going back to Skunk Baxter-era material with “Bodhisattva” was cool to hear from the 90s Steely Dan band, but the first real surprise on Alive In America came on the following track.

Paul McCartney and Wings – Wings Over America (1976; 2013 reissue)

Paul McCartney and Wings – Wings Over America (1976; 2013 reissue)

It’s much easier, nearly four decades later, to separate the music from the moment when it comes to Wings Over America. Back then, this multi-disc concert souvenir from Paul McCartney seemed like a triumphant musical summation.

One Track Mind: Lykke Li, “Get Some” from Wounded Rhymes (2010)

Upon a rolling wave of buzzing beats and percussion pitched halfway between the Burundi borrowings of Bow Wow Wow and Gene Krupa’s “Sing Sing Sing,” comes indie-pop nymph Lykke Li with “Get Some.”

Circa – Circa: 2007 (2013)

Circa – Circa: 2007 (2013)

Arriving in a period in which Yes wasn’t doing studio work, and including contributions from no less than five musicians with ties to the band, the comparisons for Circa came early and often. A new reissue from Cleopatra underscores the differences.

Allan Holdsworth – FLATTire (2001; 2013 reissue)

Allan Holdsworth – FLATTire (2001; 2013 reissue)

The turn of the millennium was a time of artistic resurgence for UK guitar lord Allan Holdsworth; with its stripped down arrangements and group improvisational freedom, Holdsworth got more from less out of Sixteen Men of Tain (2000).

Exclusive stream: Flash, “Hurt” from Featuring Ray Bennett and Colin Carter (2013)

Flash, together again after four decades, take on a song that’s already been defined (as a Nine Inch Nails original) and then redefined (with Johnny Cash’s harrowing third-act re-do) — and yet they still find new revelations.