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Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio – Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi (2013)

Last year, Marco Cappelli made a surprisingly delightful tribute with his Italian Surf Academy of the music that accompanied Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti westerns (The American Dream).

The Band, “Whispering Pines” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Whispering Pines” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s Richard Manuel doesn’t sing this as if telling the story of a man walled off by loneliness; he lives and breathes every bruising syllable.

Post-Peter Cetera Chicago Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck: Gimme Five

Post-Peter Cetera Chicago Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck: Gimme Five

A theory has emerged that Chicago never quite recovered from Peter Cetera’s departure. Here are five arguments to the contrary.

Hyrrokkin – Pristine Origin (2013)

The other-worldly experimental post hardcore outfit called Hyrrokkin finally delivers on a full length debut two years after the Astrionics EP came out.

Paul McCartney – New (2013)

Paul McCartney – New (2013)

‘New’ serves as a perfect title and summation of the latest addition to Paul McCartney’s vast catalog.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Aaron Novik, “Earth as Dragon Egg” (2011)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Aaron Novik, “Earth as Dragon Egg” (2011)

This week the weirdness comes less from the music than from the combination of music and situation. Me and TheWife™ were in the middle of a crowded plane flight, rushing toward the other coast to deal with a family emergency.

Buddy Flett – Rough Edges (2013)

That Buddy Flett is recording at all, after an encephalitis-induced coma, is its own kind of miracle.

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin'” (1971)

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin'” (1971)

The problem with Blood, Sweat and Tears was that many rock fans didn’t consider them to be a real rock band. Their guitarist, Steve Katz, never reeled off the flaming, red hot, twelve-minute, guitar jams

Flash featuring Peter Banks – In Public (2013)

Seldom has a band name been more appropriate — sadly, thrillingly, completely appropriate. Flash, after all, was an often-stunning burst of musical prowess. And, it was of course, gone in all but an instant.

Kosi – One More Cup Of Coffee (2013)

Akosua Gyebi — otherwise known as Kosi — is a vocalist with a range and distinctive style all her own. Her debut One More Cup Of Coffee leaves a lasting memory

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