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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 11:37am
Happy Birthday: Jackson Browne
Turning 67 today is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who was one of the definitive singer-songwriters of the '70s, maintained a significant chart presence into the '80s, and still continues not only to tour but also to write and record new material. You can't say that about every artist from this gentleman's generation, but you can certainly say it for Jackson Browne.
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 11:13am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World


Linda Ronstadt was America's sweetheart, the coolest rock chick who owned the airwaves, she released her third smash in a row, "Hasten Down The Wind" and the killer track, which finished the LP, was "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me." The instrumentation was perfect, haunting, the sheen shone, and then we experienced the exquisite voice we all knew and loved.

Singing a song by someone we were completely unfamiliar with, one Karla Bonoff.

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 11:12am
Happy Anniversary: Phil Collins, “Another Day in Paradise”

26 years ago today, Phil Collins released the first single from his fourth album, a track which found him getting more socially conscious than usual and focusing on the plight of the homeless.

In 1989, Phil Collins was practically unstoppable on the pop charts. No, he might not have been able to cross the threshold between music and film, but while his starring role in Buster failed to turn into him into a full-fledged movie star, the two singles he recorded for the soundtrack - “A Groovy Kind of Love” and “Two Hearts” - both topped the US singles chart. As such, there was little chance that “Another Day in Paradise” would do anything other than follow suit…and, yeah, you guessed it: that's exactly what it did.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:27pm
Gig of the Week

Before this headline slot, many were doubting Muse's ability to headline a mainstream festival such as Glastonbury - let alone closing the entire event. The set they came up with proved many wrong, including a sizable TV audience watching at home, and was tinged with tragedy as drummer Dom Howard's Father passed away backstage immediately after the gig. The band went on to become one of the biggest acts around - relive the incredible setlist from this gig here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 1:07pm
Happy 35th: Talking Heads, Remain in Light
35 years ago today, Talking Heads released their fourth studio album, an effort seen by many as the one that left them poised and ready for full-fledged mainstream success. And you may ask yourself, “How did they get here?” Well, you can probably attribute most of it to the fact that the members of the band had taken a break before starting the album.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 12:51pm
Happy Anniversary: Eric Clapton, 24 Nights
24 years ago today, Eric Clapton released the audio document of the 42 concerts he performed at the Royal Albert Hall between 1990 and 1991, a run which featured a record-setting 24-night run between February 5 and March 19, 1991, hence the title of the album. Mind you, it’s a best-of set rather than a complete audio document of every show, but you probably figured that, anyway, since this is Eric Clapton we’re talking about, not the Grateful Dead.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 7:16pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Dr. Rhino is keeping it alive with 2005!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 11:22am
Happy 55th: Hank Crawford, More Soul

55 years ago today, saxophonist Hank Crawford released an album with a slightly misleading title: it wasn't a second helping of soul, it was his first outing as leader of his own music outfit.

In 1961, Crawford was arguably best known for his work with Ray Charles, who'd first encountered the sax man in 1958 while Crawford was attending Tennessee State University, playing in the Tennessee State Jazz Collegians, and - perhaps most importantly to this piece - heading up a rock 'n' roll four-piece called Little Hank and the Rhythm Kings. Yes, Crawford was a busy boy, so it probably sounded comparatively relaxing when Charles asked Crawford to play baritone sax in his band. By the following year, Crawford has switched over to alto sax, and a year after that, he'd built up enough confidence to release his debut solo endeavor.