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Eric Clapton’s Me and Mr. Johnson made the case for British blues

Eric Clapton’s Me and Mr. Johnson made the case for British blues

I thought I didn’t need another take on “Come On In My Kitchen.” Eric Clapton’s ‘Me and Mr. Johnson,’ released March 23, 2004, proved me wrong.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

When others are building newfound fame around your essential disco vibe, it’s time for a return in full. And that’s just what Chic has done.

Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide (2011): On Second Thought

Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide (2011): On Second Thought

Bluegrass, I like. Tommy Shaw, I like. But together? You couldn’t help but wonder how ‘The Great Divide’ would ever work. But it did.

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

In February 1962, as Ernestine Anderson took the stage at a Seattle jazz club, the then-34 year old should have been consolidating her early successes.

Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a brilliant moment of studio trickery

Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a brilliant moment of studio trickery

“Locomotive Breath,” released this week back in 1971, seemed like Jethro Tull’s most coherent, successful synthesis yet. It was actually pieced together.

Glenn Zaleski Trio – My Ideal (2015)

Glenn Zaleski’s debut album ‘My Ideal’ is ideal those who crave well-performed piano trio jazz.

The Beatles, “Baby You’re a Rich Man” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Baby You’re a Rich Man” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The B-side to “All You Need Is Love,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man” stands as one of the Beatles’ most innovative, funky, and underrated tracks.

Michael Brown, of the Left Banke and Stories: An Appreciation

Michael Brown, of the Left Banke and Stories: An Appreciation

In the wake of the passing of Left Banke co-founder Michael Brown, we return to his later work with the underrated Stories.

Fighting Songs by the Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar, the Ramones + others: Odd Couples

Fighting Songs by the Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar, the Ramones + others: Odd Couples

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have finally agreed to fight. Here’s a special edition of Odd Couples to whet your appetite.

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Seemingly an offbeat choice for an All-Starr Band tour, “Raining in My Heart” had already become a signature part of Rick Danko’s solo shows.