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Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016)

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016)

Inspired by Susan Alcorn’s pedal steel guitar, ‘Away With You’ keeps Mary Halvorson’s idiosyncratic ideas fresh and pushes forward her boundless conception of jazz on the frontier.

Alice Cooper, Oct. 28, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alice Cooper, Oct. 28, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alice Cooper once said he enjoyed “playing the heavy – a bizarre vaudevillian character.” The same remains true today.

The Beatles, “Getting Better” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Getting Better” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ “Getting Better” illustrates John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s collaborative style, differing outlooks, and willingness to reveal personal truths.

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo – Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (2016)

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo – Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (2016)

‘Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004’ builds on David S. Ware’s posthumous legacy while furthering the living legacy of Matthew Shipp.

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Aram Bajakian – Dolphy Formations (2016)

Dolphy Formations is another stop on Aram Bajakian’s fascinating musical odyssey, and who knows where it will take him next.

Amendola vs. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)

Amendola vs. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)

Freakishly funky and soul satisfying, this dynamic duo push the limits on their ‘Greatest Hits,’ while having too much fun doing it.

That Thing You Do! … When Less is More

That Thing You Do! … When Less is More

Twenty years on, Mike Tiano recommends “Tom Hanks’ Extended Cut” of ‘That Thing You Do!’ – but only to hardcore fans.

David Dower, jazz pianist: Something Else! Interview

David Dower, jazz pianist: Something Else! Interview

Struck by David Dower’s maturity and musicality, Sammy Stein tracked down this emerging new talent to find out more.

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II (2016)

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II (2016)

Is ‘Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II’ better than the original, one of 2014’s best rock albums?

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Let’s stalk through the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard and dig up some of the scariest music on this side of the mortal curtain from Joy Division and others.