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Pete Townshend, “Guantanamo,” from Truancy (2015): One Track Mind

Pete Townshend, “Guantanamo,” from Truancy (2015): One Track Mind

Free of big concepts and the heavy legend of the Who’s songbook, Pete Townshend shows he hasn’t lost his writer’s spark, or his angry voice.

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (2015)

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (2015)

The Cash Box Kings’ ‘Holding Court’ isn’t music that builds off the post-war blues tradition. It advances that sound, reconstituted, into a new age.

The Black Keys’ Brothers pulled together every strand of their genre-jumping genius

The Black Keys’ Brothers pulled together every strand of their genre-jumping genius

‘Brothers,’ released on May 18, 2010, stands as the Black Keys’ best-ever attempt at hybridizing black music into modern rock.

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.

With McCartney II, Paul McCartney attempted to tap into the new-wave zeitgeist

With McCartney II, Paul McCartney attempted to tap into the new-wave zeitgeist

Paul McCartney’s synthy solo effort ‘McCartney II,’ released on May 16, 1980, didn’t pass for innovation back then – and it doesn’t today, either.

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King opened 2008’s ‘One Kind Favor’ with a welp: “I’m not going anytime soon, but when the day comes, don’t forget me.” No chance of that.

Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin defend Chicago 17: ‘The biggest album we ever had’

Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin defend Chicago 17: ‘The biggest album we ever had’

‘Chicago 17,’ released on May 14, 1984, was a multi-million-selling smash. And Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin aren’t about to apologize for it.

The Band, “The Well” from The Last Waltz (1978): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Well” from The Last Waltz (1978): Across the Great Divide

In this moment, the Band’s Richard Manuel sounds whole again, entirely present, a world away from the fading figure depicted in ‘The Last Waltz.’

Past the big hits, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms offered a moving exploration on war

Past the big hits, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms offered a moving exploration on war

Released on May 13, 1985, Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ likely surprises return visitors with its depth of intellect and emotion.

Jeff Beck, “Tribal” from Jeff Beck Live+ (2015): One Track Mind

Jeff Beck, “Tribal” from Jeff Beck Live+ (2015): One Track Mind

These are the same horizons where Jeff Beck once roamed with the Yardbirds, amped up for a new generation.