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Pink Floyd and Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Endless River and Live at Hammersmith
 
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It’s not easy being a Floyd fan in 2015. The band’s best work lies 40 years in the past, yet there are still choices to be made. First up is their latest – and likely final – studio album, The Endless River, a mostly instrumental affair (more…)

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Eric Gales

Good For Sumthin'
 
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Eric Gales is a disciple of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Johnson. Yet this new CD is a soul album, filled with hot licks. Finally breaking away from Mike Varney’s meat-and-potatoes production style, Gales joins Grammy winning producer and recording (more…)

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Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear
Upping The Ante
 
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In 2012, Josh Tillman, former drummer of the much-lauded Fleet Foxes, released his first album as Father John Misty. Presenting tales of Laurel Canyon excess, narcissism, and self-loathing, Fear Fun was itself a highly pleasing indulgence, in part because it was often difficult to discern (more…)

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Jerry Lee Lewis and Rick Bragg

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story and Rock & Roll Time
The Killer and His Axemen
 
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Wilco

Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014
Roger That
 
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Tough to believe it’s been two decades since Jeff Tweedy reluctantly took the remains of the critically adored but ultimately doomed alt-country standard-bearers Uncle Tupelo and laid down roots for a Chicago-based band he would dub Wilco. Tough to believe, that is, until one takes in the (more…)

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Todd Rundgren

At the BBC 1972-1982
 
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Todd Rundgren gets the BBC archival treatment, and the results are fantastic. This three-disc, single-DVD set of radio and TV performances is a perfect showcase for the dichotomy that is Todd – pop star and prog-guitar god. It’s a must-have for any fan. Rundgren’s pop history is (more…)

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Jim Ed Brown

In Style Again
 
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Jim Ed Brown was one third of the vocal trio The Browns with sisters Bonnie and Maxine, a popular act whose ’59 hit recording of “The Three Bells,” topped both country and pop charts. A Grand Ole Opry member, Brown launched a highly successful solo (more…)

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Tom Wheeler

The Fender Archives
 
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No, this is not quite an entrée into the Vatican’s secret library, the hush-hush files of the KGB, or the locked vaults of the Pentagon. But for vintage guitar and amp fans, it’s about as good. This licensed giftbook is part history, part scrapbook, all treasure (more…)

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Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers

Love Whip Blues
 
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Some retro acts are more concerned with image and outfits than music. This record is a bit theatrical but with enough substance to give it staying power. A charming, versatile singer, Erin Harpe’s guitar playing is an on-time reminder of how effective and essential the guitar (more…)

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Bruce Pavitt

Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988
 
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Before Sub Pop the label there was Sub Pop the music ’zine and later the column in Seattle weekly The Rocket. This expansive anthology compiled by Sub Pop founder Pavitt is a fantastic and fascinating time capsule of the highly influential pre-internet organs that gave voice (more…)

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