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John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was a darkly inspiring triumph

John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was a darkly inspiring triumph

Even as shadows gathered around the superlative ‘No Better Than This,’ released this week in 2010, John Mellencamp clung to his weathered optimism.

Lucas Lee – Business Brunch Specials: Uranium Omelet [With GMO-Free Brown Sauce] (2015)

Lucas Lee – Business Brunch Specials: Uranium Omelet [With GMO-Free Brown Sauce] (2015)

Lucas Lee offers a fascinating instrumental tale of the corporate world on the impishly titled ‘Business Brunch Specials: Uranium Omelet [With GMO-Free Brown Sauce].’

Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama: ‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work’

Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama: ‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work’

When a reworked Yes issued ‘Drama’ on August 18, 1980, it divided the loyalties of a stunned fanbase. Geoff Downes saw things differently.

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

‘Stage Fright,’ issued on August 17, 1970, was the Band’s highest-charting LP. But there’s still much to discover inside these overlooked moments.

Bob Wayne – Hits the Hits (2015)

Bob Wayne – Hits the Hits (2015)

‘Hits the Hits,’ a 13-song collection of covers, allows Bob Wayne to put his unique spin on classic rock – and some much stranger pop choices.

Toto’s Fahrenheit was more than the sum of its ballads: ‘We’ll morph from style to style’

Toto’s Fahrenheit was more than the sum of its ballads: ‘We’ll morph from style to style’

‘Fahrenheit,’ released in August 1986, fell into an emerging trend – as the big-hearted singles didn’t reflect all of Toto’s varied musical goals.

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Liberty Ellman – Radiate (2015)

Liberty Ellman takes time off from doing great things for other jazz musicians to do a pretty great thing under his own name.

Gregg Rolie remembers Santana breakthrough at Woodstock: ‘We thought of it as just another gig’

Gregg Rolie remembers Santana breakthrough at Woodstock: ‘We thought of it as just another gig’

Woodstock kicked off on August 15, 1969, then grew to truly epic proportions. Santana’s Gregg Rolie says its scope only dawned on him later.

The Beatles, “Think For Yourself” from Rubber Soul (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Think For Yourself” from Rubber Soul (1965): Deep Beatles

With the Beatles’ “Think For Yourself,” it became clear that George Harrison’s skill as a songwriter was developing at an incredibly fast rate.

A tribute to the transformative powers of my Who’s Next remaster

A tribute to the transformative powers of my Who’s Next remaster

Originally released on August 14, 1971, the Who’s ‘Who’s Next’ came to life again for me inside the confines of my Unproductivity Mobile Sound Lab.