WATCH: Traffic – Live at Woodstock ’94

One of the last things anyone would have expected in the 90s was the return of Traffic, the 70s rock band featuring Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi.  Arguably Britain’s closest answer to Grateful Dead, brilliant as they were, Traffic’s lengthy jazz-rock derived jams belonged squarely in the early time frame where most of them were created.  The likelihood of a Traffic comeback became increasingly unlikely once Steve Winwood’s pop-oriented solo career made him a massive star in the 1980s.

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Ric Ocasek: A Short Appreciation

Ric Ocasek was a legend. As a songwriter, his pop melodies were among the best. The way he blended alternative ideas with timeless power pop sensibilities marked him out as not only a great songwriter, but a master arranger. The very fact that tunes like ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ and ‘It’s Candy-O’ became fixtures on oldies radio stations despite carrying the kind of vocal that was…quirky, to say the least, speaks volumes about his talent.

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WATCH: Tedeschi Trucks Band cover Derek & The Dominos’ ‘Layla’ album in its entirety…and more

The Tedeschi Trucks Band are known for their great live performances.  Epic sets where – in the time honoured Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers traditions – anything can happen.  Many of their previous live shows have been shared by fans, but few match the grandness of their set a couple of nights ago at the LOCKN’ Festival.

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Watch: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers – Live @ Levenkusener Jazztage, 2014

When most people think of Dr. John, first, they’ll think of his 1968 album ‘Gris Gris’ – a groundbreaking work melding voodoo blues, deep psychedelia and a touch of New Orleans jazz – or his popular ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’ single which showed a love of funk that fit the early 70s perfectly.  Maybe they’ll think about his appearance at The Band’s Last Waltz, where he was invited to sing ‘Such A Night’, captured on celluloid for future generations to discover.

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Watch Boss Keloid play the whole of ‘Melted On The Inch’ live in the studio

‘Melted On The Inch’ by Boss Keloid is one of 2018’s releases. Bending huge riffs into progressive time signatures and artistic shapes, the UK band have raised the bar in terms of an avant garde approach to metal oriented sounds. [Real Gone’s full review can be found here.]

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