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Los Lobos’ Kiko was a mysterious, completely transfixing triumph

Released on May 26, 1992, ‘Kiko’ is still, by any measure, Los Lobos’ most unusual album. That’s what lures me back, again and again.

Warren Haynes, “Spots of Time” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Warren Haynes, “Spots of Time” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Free of the expectations surrounding the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes emerges with a sound both familiar and new.

Amy Helm, “Rescue Me” from Didn’t It Rain (2015): One Track Mind

Amy Helm, “Rescue Me” from Didn’t It Rain (2015): One Track Mind

This, quite clearly, is a labor of love, and every element speaks to Amy Helm’s steely focus on making the album she always wanted to make.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

“Going Going Gone” makes a definitive case for Bob Dylan’s 1974 reunion with the Band, so perfect is their musical reaction to his frayed lyric.

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Mark Saleski returns to a handful of resonant moments from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust,’ released on April 26, 2005.

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

Robert Randolph helps set a new standard for improv gospel-jazz country blues supergroups. Because, yeah, they’re the only one.

Robbie Robertson, “Night Parade” from Storyville (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Night Parade” from Storyville (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson continued in his role as a curator of things that Americans take for granted with this New Orleans-focused project.

The Last Waltz was nearly derailed, time and again: ‘It was like throwing the dice’

The Last Waltz was nearly derailed, time and again: ‘It was like throwing the dice’

‘The Last Waltz,’ released as a triple album on April 7, 1978, chronicled a guest-packed Band concert that overcame one complication after another.

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

‘Some Change,’ released on April 5, 1994, reestablished everything that made Boz Scaggs the master of both lover-man ballads and roots rock.