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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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 11:16am
Happy Birthday: Thom Yorke

Turning 47 today is a man who's delivered two fine solo albums to date - 2006's Eraser and 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes - but let's not be disingenuous here: when you think Thom Yorke, you think Radiohead, and this is in no way a bad thing to think about.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 12:15pm
Happy Anniversary: Madonna, “Everybody”

33 years ago today, a certain Material Girl released her debut single on Sire Records, and now “Everybody” knows her name. (Did you see what we did there?)

Even before Madonna was anybody, she walked around New York with the attitude that she was somebody, perhaps hoping that it was only a matter of convincing everyone else. Having written and recorded a handful of songs, she carried around her rough tapes in hopes of being able to catch a break, which is what happened the night she convinced the DJ at Danceteria - a gentleman by the name of Mark Kamins - to play one of those songs: “Everybody.” Its reception was sufficient for him to decide to try and help Madonna get a record deal, and although he struck out on his first try - Chris Blackwell of Island Records declined to sign her - he came up a winner at Sire Records which signed her for a two-song deal.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 12:07pm
Doing a 180: Supergrass, I Should Coco

This week, our 180-gram vinyl reissue program is providing you with one of the true gems of the Britpop era: the debut album from Supergrass.

Recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, England, I Should Coco is such an exuberant pop album that it really only takes a single listen for you to correct deduce that the guys who recorded it were in their teens (Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey) or, at best, early twenties (Mick Quinn). The killer cut on the album is, of course, “Alright,” which was so undeniably catchy that it even caught the ears of American radio programmers, and that hardly ever happens.