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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:02pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

It’s the Fab Five vs. Mozzer, Marr, and the gang! This one’s too close to call, but it’s got a good beat, gravitas, and glamour y’all.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 1:42pm
Remembering Ornette Coleman on his birthday
Ornette Coleman would’ve been 86 today, and he’s particularly missed this year because it’s the first time we’ve had to celebrate the day without him. When Coleman passed away on June 11, 2015, there was an outpouring from his fans, many of whom – as you might reasonably expect – were fellow musicians, about how much he meant to them both as a musician and as a person. Below you’ll see remarks from five of those folks, and you can tell that each remark, no matter how long or short it may be, is filled with love of the man and his music.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 1:31pm
Happy Anniversary: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Angel Station
37 years ago today, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band released their ninth studio album, a complex creative endeavor which managed to score one hit on the Hot 100 but failed to dramatically change the band’s commercial fortunes with American audiences.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 10:10am
Sir GeorgeMartin has died at the age of 90, and every obituary will note – as well they should – that his work with the Beatles changed popular music. No less an authority on this matter than Paul McCartney himself said on the occasion of Martin’s passing, “The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.” What should not be forgotten, however, is just how many other artists beyond the Beatles were fortunate enough to reap the benefits of Martin’s ear for arrangements and production, not to mention his own gifts as a musician, over the course of his lengthy career.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 3:13pm
Rhino Factoids

46 years ago today, The Small Faces officially lost Steve Marriott, setting into motion a series of events which would eventually also lead to them to lose “The Small,” too.

For as great as the ‘60s had been for The Small Faces, Marriott was finding the experience of being in a band to be a little too confining for his musical purposes. As he told none other than Cameron Crowe in a 1973 interview for the L.A. Times, “I left the band when I realized the gimmickry album tracks we were making and the record company was releasing as singles, like ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Lazy Sunday,’ were doing much better than the things we really dug. After a while we found people were expecting the novelty-type records from us, and in actuality we weren’t anything like that. We were all frustrated, but I just felt I had to do something about it.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 2:09pm
Micky Dolenz: An Acrostic Poem for the Birthday Boy
Micky Dolenz turns 71 years old today, and given how much emphasis we put on The Monkees ‘round these parts, surely you didn’t think we were going to let the day go by without offering up some sort of tribute. (If you did, you were kidding yourself.) In celebration of Mr. Dolenz hitting the big 7-1, we’ve put together an acrostic poem of sorts, reflecting on various people, places, and things from songs, films, and TV series which start with the same letters as you can find in his first and last name.
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 2:35pm
Happy Anniversary: New Order, “Blue Monday”
33 years ago today, New Order released one of the most famous singles in their entire discography, but it’s arguable that we should’ve waited until its 33 ⅓-year anniversary, since it also happens to be the biggest-selling 12” single of all time.
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 1:19pm
Happy Anniversary: David Bowie, Young Americans
41 years ago today, David Bowie channeled his inner American – or, to be more precise, his inner R&B artist – and released his ninth studio album, which took him into the top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.