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Across the Great Divide: The Band, “All La Glory” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “All La Glory” from Stage Fright (1970)

Too often, Levon Helm is framed by his country-fried howl, but there was always more to his art — more to his voice, to his persona, to his life.

Roosevelt Dime – Full Head of Steam (2014)

Roosevelt Dime – Full Head of Steam (2014)

You’d think all of this knee-slapping banjo jazz, rip-snorting jug music and grease-popping soul would be emanating from somewhere in the kudzu-covered reaches of the Deep South — not Brooklyn.

Something Else! sneak peek: Benmont Tench, “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” (2014)

It’s perhaps unsurprising that nobody recognizes Benmont Tench, for too long the faceless soul of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. After all, singers and guitar players are typically the focal points.

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2013: Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath, The Band

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2013: Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath, The Band

Every one has had their individual say, made their choices, argued the point. Now, it’s time for consensus ruling from the bench: Here is The Official™ Top 10 for 2013 from Something Else!

One Track Mind: Los Lonely Boys, “Don’t Walk Away” from Revelation (2014)

One Track Mind: Los Lonely Boys, “Don’t Walk Away” from Revelation (2014)

A difficult period for Los Lonely Boys finds the group emerging with new collaborators and a new sense of determination on their forthcoming release Revelation.

Something Else! sneak peek: Rosanne Cash, “Modern Blue” from The River and the Thread (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rosanne Cash, “Modern Blue” from The River and the Thread (2014)

“Modern Blue” takes Rosanne Cash on a twilit journey across the world of passion before returning to a soft landing in the endlessly evocative American South.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright (1970)

A song of dimly lit, strange salvation, “Just Another Whistle Stop” is a gem worth digging up for those who rarely get past the Band’s first two albums.

‘I spent an hour holding his hand’: The Band’s Robbie Robertson on his emotional last meeting with Levon Helm

‘I spent an hour holding his hand’: The Band’s Robbie Robertson on his emotional last meeting with Levon Helm

The Band’s Robbie Robertson was on this way to participate in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies when he heard that his longtime former collaborator Levon Helm was near death.

‘A real dripping, nighttime record’: Daniel Lanois remembers Bob Dylan collaboration on Oh Mercy

‘A real dripping, nighttime record’: Daniel Lanois remembers Bob Dylan collaboration on Oh Mercy

For Daniel Lanois, producing an album can typically be about “the documenting of time, and what’s going on in people’s lives — emotionally and otherwise.” And with Bob Dylan, that time was typically after sundown.

John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 Box Set (2013)

John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 Box Set (2013)

John Mellencamp may be known for changing his name an astonishing three times, but he is respected for two other qualities: his status as the Bruce Springsteen of the Midwest, and his refusal to compromise his sound to fit the latest trends.