1. Rock: INFLUENCES: Ronnie Spector/Cults Rock INFLUENCES: Ronnie Spector/Cults Cults' terrific debut album put a dreamy spin on the classic girl group sound of the '60s. Hear them back-to-back with Ronnie Spector's short set from '87.
  2. Indie: 'Stomp and Holler' with Hayes Carll Indie 'Stomp and Holler' with Hayes Carll Apr 18, 2011 Listen to Texas native Hayes Carll channel country music's story-telling greats like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson in this stripped down session.
  3. Indie: Baby Teeth's Daytrotter Session Indie Baby Teeth's Daytrotter Session Nov 26, 2008 Vocalist-keyboardist Pearly Sweets leads the Chicago-based power pop band on tunes from their album Hustle Beach in this 2008 set.
  4. Blues: Bonnie Raitt & Friends in Austin, '87 Blues Bonnie Raitt & Friends in Austin, '87 May 25, 1987 The soulful singer and slide guitarist extraordinaire is joined by bassist Sarah Brown, harmonica ace Kim Wilson and singer Nick Lowe.
  5. Rock: Pat Benatar's Best Shot Rock Pat Benatar's Best Shot Aug 15, 1980 Heat the multi-platinum-selling singer at her energetic peak in this 1980 concert from San Francisco's Old Wharf Theater.
  6. Rock: New Release: Christopher Cross Rock New Release: Christopher Cross Feb 8, 1981 Hear Christopher Cross perform songs from his debut album that would win him 5 Grammy's in 1981.
  7. Rock: Patti Smith's Raw Energy Rock Patti Smith's Raw Energy Jan 16, 1976 The high priestess of rock plays this show in D.C. a year after the release of her album Horses which greatly influenced the NY Punk scene.
  8. Blues: New to the Vault: B.B. King at Paul's Mall, '78 Blues New to the Vault: B.B. King at Paul's Mall, '78 Apr 9, 1978 The late King of the Blues squeezes every last drop of feeling out of each note on "Need My Baby" in this set from Boston, just added to CV.
  9. Indie: Bentcousin's Daytrotter Session Indie Bentcousin's Daytrotter Session Feb 22, 2013 Hear the twin brother-sister team of Amelia and Pat Innit perform tunes like "Sibling Rivalry," "Dizzy" and "Spice Girls" in this 2013 set.
  10. Jazz: New Release: Carmen McRae in the Park Jazz New Release: Carmen McRae in the Park Jul 6, 1973 The regal jazz singer makes an appearance with her quartet at the Wollman Ampitheater as part of the 1973 Newport Jazz Festival in New York.
  11. Jazz: Branford Marsalis Quartet at Newport '99 Jazz Branford Marsalis Quartet at Newport '99 Aug 15, 1999 The tenor saxophonist leads pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and powerhouse drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts in this concert video.
  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Baby Gramps' Old-Timey 'Hobo Music' Folk & Bluegrass Baby Gramps' Old-Timey 'Hobo Music' Aug 31, 1997 Hear the totally unorthodox guitar style and Popeye-like vocals of the engimatic Seattle legend in this '97 Black Oak Ranch set.
  13. Blues: Video: Muddy Waters at Ash Grove, '71 Blues Video: Muddy Waters at Ash Grove, '71 Jul 29, 1971 The Chicago blues icon is in classic form in this concert video, which includes candid footage backstage at the intimate L.A. nightclub.
  14. Indie: The Polyphonic Spree Rolls Deep Indie The Polyphonic Spree Rolls Deep Oct 17, 2012 The psychedelic choral rock band from Dallas led by charismatic Tim DeLaughter performs "Into The Light" and "Bullseye" in this 2012 set.
  15. Jazz: Tyree Glenn Swings Newport '60 Jazz Tyree Glenn Swings Newport '60 Jul 2, 1960 The former Cab Calloway trombonist, who doubles on vibes, fronts a group featuring Tommy Flanagan and Harry "Sweets" Edison in this swinging set.
  16. Country: Billy Joe Shaver at Tramps, '98 Country Billy Joe Shaver at Tramps, '98 Mar 14, 1998 The Texas singer-songwriter performs "Honky Tonk Heroes" and "I'm Just An Ol' Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)."
  17. Rock: The Fabulous Thunderbirds at Paradise, '81 Rock The Fabulous Thunderbirds at Paradise, '81 May 9, 1981 Kim Wilson and Jimmie Vaughan lead the Austin band on "You Ain't Nuthin' But Fine" and "Runnin' Shoes" from What's the Word.
  18. Comedy: Monty Python Live at City Center Comedy Monty Python Live at City Center Apr 23, 1976 The zany and innovative British comedy troupe performs classic bits like "Nudge, Nudge" and "Pet Shop" in this 1976 NYC show.
  19. Jazz: Tommy Flanagan's Elegant Swing Jazz Tommy Flanagan's Elegant Swing Jun 24, 1978 The late, great piano master plays Carnegie Hall with bassist Keeter Betts and drummer Jimmy Smith in this 1978 concert.
  20. Rock: Uncut: The Meters at the Superdome Rock Uncut: The Meters at the Superdome This show from 1981 has the great New Orleans band taking one of the largest stages the town has to offer: The Superdome.
  21. Rock: Blues Traveler at Golden Gate Park, '91 Rock Blues Traveler at Golden Gate Park, '91 Sep 29, 1991 Harmonica ace John Popper jams with guest guitarist Carlos Santana on "Mountain Jam" from the band's second album, Travelers and Thieves.
  22. Indie: New Release: Dawes & Ben Sollee Indie New Release: Dawes & Ben Sollee Jul 29, 2012 Watch them cover George Harrison’s “I Dig Love” at the Paste Ruins during Newport Folk.
  23. Jazz: Gentle Giant: Fusion's Missing Link Jazz Gentle Giant: Fusion's Missing Link Jan 18, 1975 The experimental British cult band brilliantly bridged prog rock and jazz-rock during their heyday in the '70s. Hear them in a 1975 concert in New York.
  24. Indie: Playlist: Rock En Seine Indie Playlist: Rock En Seine If you can't make it to Paris this weekend, enjoy selected RES bands here.
  25. Rock: Tower of Power Funkin' at the Fillmore, '71 Rock Tower of Power Funkin' at the Fillmore, '71 Mar 6, 1971 The Bay Area horn band, fueled by drummer Dave Garibaldi and bassist Rocco Prestia, premieres tunes from their debut album, East Bay Grease.
  26. Country: Willie Nelson at Tramps, 1998 Country Willie Nelson at Tramps, 1998 Mar 11, 1998 The outlaw country figurehead performs his classic tunes (sans drums) like "Whiskey River" and "On the Road Again" in this intimate set.
  27. Folk & Bluegrass: Richie Havens at Newport Folk, 2008 Folk & Bluegrass Richie Havens at Newport Folk, 2008 Aug 2, 2008 The iconic troubadour performs Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" in this video.
  28. Rock: New Release: Yoko Ono's Starpeace Tour Rock New Release: Yoko Ono's Starpeace Tour In opposition to Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense system, hear Yoko and band spread their message of peace in this '86 Hamburg performance.
  29. Video: Aretha Covers Simon & Garfunkel in '71 Video Aretha Covers Simon & Garfunkel in '71 Mar 5, 1971 Watch Aretha Franklin's show-stopping performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," recorded one year after the Simon & Garfunkel tune hit #1 in the U.S.
  30. Jazz: Elegance Pianofied Playlist Jazz Elegance Pianofied Playlist This playlist of jazz piano greats features complete sets by Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan.
  31. Blues: Hammie Nixon and Sleepy John Estes Blues Hammie Nixon and Sleepy John Estes Jun 30, 1974 The Tennessee country blues duo (Hammie on harmonica and kazoo, Sleepy John on guitar) performs "Corinna" and others in this 1974 set.
  32. Rock: Ryan Adams at the Beacon Theatre Rock Ryan Adams at the Beacon Theatre Jun 23, 2006 In 2006 Ryan Adams headed to the Beacon and performed three songs as part of a benefit for Arthur Lee from the group Love.
  33. Comedy: Martin Mull Slays D.C. in '73 Comedy Martin Mull Slays D.C. in '73 Mar 10, 1973 The comedian shows off his accomplished guitar chops and acerbic wit on humorous ditties like "Eggs," "Ventriloquist Love" and "Zipper Fly."
  34. Rock: Bonnie Bramlett in the '70s Rock Bonnie Bramlett in the '70s Hear the soulful singer with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends (featuring Eric Clapton and Leon Russell) and as a solo artist.
  35. Blues: Gate Swings at Tramps Blues Gate Swings at Tramps Apr 6, 1996 The multi-instrumental Louisiana bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown mixes slow blues, jazz and cajun dance numbers in this '96 set.
  36. Interviews: Alvin Lee, Beyond Ten Years After Interviews Alvin Lee, Beyond Ten Years After Sep 19, 1975 Remember the late Alvin Lee as he talks with Mary Travers in 1975 about why he left Ten Years After and how his newest album was recorded.
  37. Interviews: Zappa Sounds Off Interviews Zappa Sounds Off Nov 6, 1975 The irascible guitarist-composer-satirist discusses Alban Berg, Elliott Carter, Charles Ives, the Beatles and his Bongo Fury in a '75 interview.
  38. Interviews: Joe Cocker on Beatlemania Interviews Joe Cocker on Beatlemania Jul 23, 1989 In this rare interview for the World of Rock radio show, Joe Cocker relates his Beatlemania experiences and fond memories of Woodstock.
  39. Comedy: Jackie Mason: Brand New Comedy Jackie Mason: Brand New Jun 11, 1991 The standup (and voice of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski in "The Simpsons") skewers politics, Jewish-Gentile differences and more in this '91 concert.
  40. Rock: Stevie Nicks in Jersey, 1983 Rock Stevie Nicks in Jersey, 1983 Jun 24, 1983 Fleetwood Mac's siren goes solo in this bewitching Rutherford, NJ set, including some of her most-loved songs and an orchestra.
  41. Rock: NEW: Atlanta Rhythm Section in NYC, '81 Rock NEW: Atlanta Rhythm Section in NYC, '81 Oct 27, 1981 The Southern rockers from Doraville, Georgia play their hit "Champagne Jam" and cover the Classics IV's "Spooky" in this set from the Savoy.
  42. Rock: Have You Surfed With the Alien Lately? Rock Have You Surfed With the Alien Lately? Jun 11, 1988 Hear Joe Satriani's interplanetary licks at this '88 San Diego show, including the title track of then-recently released Surfing With The Alien, and "Satch Boogie."
  43. Video: The Headhunters: Grooves For Your Head Video The Headhunters: Grooves For Your Head May 9, 1975 Some heavy avant-funk from Herbie Hancock's erstwhile collaborators.
  44. Country: Rosanne Cash Live in 1983 Country Rosanne Cash Live in 1983 Jul 21, 1983 With an all-star band that included Vince Gill, here's the wonderful Rosanne Cash singing her early '80s country crossover hits.
  45. Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble in '83 Blues Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble in '83 Oct 20, 1983 After listening to this incredible show from 1983, it's no wonder Clapton considered himself "in the presence of greatness" upon hearing SRV play.
  46. Video: Telekinesis at the Independent SF Video Telekinesis at the Independent SF Feb 27, 2009 While Michael Benjamin Lerner's brainchild is on display this week at SXSW, you can see his '09 Noise Pop performance here.
  47. Rock: The Zombies at SXSW, 2013 Rock The Zombies at SXSW, 2013 Mar 15, 2013 The '60s British Invasion band performs their classics "Tell Her No," "Time of the Season" and "She's Not There" at the annual Austin bash.
  48. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Exene Cervenka at SXSW, 2011 Folk & Bluegrass Video: Exene Cervenka at SXSW, 2011 Mar 17, 2011 The former lead singer of the L.A. punk band X performs "Already in Love," "Alone in Arizona" and others from The Excitement of Maybe.
  49. Rock: Video: Los Lobos Channels Hendrix Rock Video: Los Lobos Channels Hendrix Jul 24, 1999 Guitarist David Hidalgo and the band from East L.A. summon up the spirit of Jimi on "Are You Experienced" in this set from '99 Woodstock.
  50. Rock: The Monkees' First Single Rock The Monkees' First Single Aug 31, 2001 The Monkees first single, "Last Train To Clarksville" was released 46 years ago today. Hear them play it at their historic 2001 reunion show.
  51. Rock: John Cale at Tramps, 1994 Rock John Cale at Tramps, 1994 Sep 18, 1994 The singer-songwriter and founding member of Velvet Underground performs his "Falklands Suite" and "Child's Christmas in Wales."
  52. Rock: In Memory of Lou Reed Rock In Memory of Lou Reed Celebrate the pioneering singer-songwriter with five hours of his most profound moments from the Vault.

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