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badfinger

The Crooked Path to Badfinger’s “Straight Up”

Geoff Emerick, George Harrison, and Todd Rundgren all had a hand in the extended production of this 1971 album.

modern soul

If You Dig Curtis Mayfield Then You May Like…

The sounds of soul are alive and well with Leon Bridges, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

otis blue

The Timeless Charms of “Otis Blue”

Otis Redding’s voice conveys both pain and hope on this seminal album which never gets old.

bates motel

“Bates Motel”: A Thrilling Take on a Classic

The A&E series based on “Psycho” lasted five glorious seasons. May it have a long afterlife.

The Clear Appeal of Tinted Windows

If you like power pop in the vein of Cheap Trick, The Knack, Jellyfish, The Raspberries and Big Star, you should check out the relatively unheralded but hugely entertaining Tinted Windows. It’s a bracing combination of clever songwriting and killer musicianship from folks whose bands you may already admire.