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Fortunately for fans of both Wes Montgomery and great jazz music, the 2012 release Echoes of Indiana Avenue won’t be the last set of undiscovered tunes by Montgomery to grace the world. That LP is being followed up now by in the Beginning, a two-disc compilation that spans the year 1949 to 1958. Of the many features in this voluminous set, five tunes in particular stand out, each of which have been languishing in Sony Music Entertainment’s vaults for upwards of 60 years.

“Far Wes”, which you can here exclusively below, is one such discovery. Taken from a 1955 recording session at New York City’s Columbia Studios (where Miles Davis would later record Kind of Blue), the song is produced by the now reputable Quincy Jones, then an up-and-coming producer. At the end of “Far Wes”, you can hear recording engineer Frank Laico call out, “Quincy, there’s a call for you!”

In his 7 out of 10 PopMatters review of Blur’s “comeback” album The Magic Whip, their first since 2003’s Think Tank, Evan Sawdey writes, “All The Magic Whip tries to be is nothing more than the band in their purest form, deprived of all commercial considerations so that their eccentricities are all that remains. Well, guess what, boys? Mission accomplished.”

The all-too-easy to make generalization about the state of the Brooklyn music scene in 2015 is that it’s comprised of a bunch of white guy-led indie bands all trying to out-falsetto Thom Yorke. However, like any music scene, such sweeping generalizations don’t fully encompass the diversity of musical exploration that one can find if he really digs beneath the surface. Enter: Brooklyn Gypsies.

Having garnered props from BBC’s Gary Crowley, Oasis’ Liam Gallagher, and the Jesus and Mary Chain (who they have supported in live gigs), Wakefield, UK’s the Incredible Magpie Band have already made a distinct impression prior to the release of their debut LP, Introducing, which is out next week. These chaps sound like they just rolled out of a time capsule buried in the ‘60s, with the sounds and tropes of the UK pop scene of the era well imbued. Yet the band doesn’t merely go for the default Beatlemania poses; it also injects a modern indie sensibility into the proceedings, resulting in a record that has its feet firmly planted both in its own time and the past.

Back in March, Arcade Fire member Will Butler dropped his debut solo LP, Policy. While that record is a clear inheritor of the omnivorous musical predilections of those indie giants, in his latest video Butler strips things down to a simple and cozy arrangement. This is because Butler is among the latests artists to take to London’s Black Cab Sessions, wherein an artist or band plays a song in the back of a London cab—while it is moving. Certainly not the most comfortable of environs for a musician trying to focus on playing a tune, but Butler makes it work with his performance of “Madonna”, also known as “Madonna Can’t Save Me Now”.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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