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  • Taj Mahal Continues His Mission Of Global Music

    Taj Mahal Continues His Mission Of Global Music
    It's hard to believe, but Taj Mahal has been around long enough to have a listing — squeezed between Mad River and Mamas and the Papas — in Lillian Roxon's seminal 1969 Rock Encyclopedia. Harder to believe that, every year, his name never comes up among nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (surely an institution that nominates, as it has this year, Chic, Linda Ronstadt and LL Cool J can find some love for a musical treasure like Taj!).
  • 'Last Man Standing' finds CeDell Davis growling his finest Delta blues

    'Last Man Standing' finds CeDell Davis growling his finest Delta blues
    Whether singer and guitarist CeDell Davis is literally the "Last Man Standing" among rural Delta blues players, as the title of his forthcoming album puts it, he belongs to an undeniably exclusive club. At 88, Davis is about to release a collection of...

    Top concerts of the year

    Top concerts of the year
    As we roll into a new concert season, here are my favorite shows from 2014: 1. DJ Spinn, July 19 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park: Only two months earlier, DJ Spinn's friend and fellow footwork pioneer DJ Rashad was found dead at age 34...

    Bowie, Philly soul and Dylan are boxed set standouts in 2014

    Bowie, Philly soul and Dylan are boxed set standouts in 2014
    Here are some of the most notable box sets this year in rock and pop: Michael Bloomfield, "From His Head to his Heart to his Hands"(Columbia/Legacy, $46): A herculean guitarist from Chicago's suburbs, Bloomfield stood at the leading edge of the rock-...

    Ian McLagan dies at 69; rock keyboardist played with the Small Faces

    Ian McLagan dies at 69; rock keyboardist played with the Small Faces
    Ian McLagan, who as keyboardist for the Small Faces and later the Faces was part of the first generation of British rockers to gain a wide American following, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He was 69. His death, a day after he had a stroke, was...