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Album Review: The Fringe

In case you haven't heard, a new power trio just released their eponymous first CD: Th...

music
Rock Star Prince Dead at 57

If your musical decade was the 1980s this is likely a sad day for you. Prince, who exp...

music
Where Did All The Rock ‘n’ Roll Go?

If you grew up in the 60s and 70s like I did, you were fortunate to have grown up in t...

music
Glenn Frey Tribute

Rock critics never liked Eagles founder and leader Glenn Frey. They didn’t like The...

music
Maybe Bowie is Looking Down from Heaven

Since Father Time took the great David Bowie, I have read numerous speculations about ...

music
BBC Filming Adaptation of Christie Classic to Air in U.S. Next Year

[from agathachristie.com] Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is the best selling ...

music
Oreskes Descending: Science Hypocrisy of ‘Merchants of Doubt’

“This film has been carbon off-set.” Thus conclude the credits of the documentary Merc...

music
The Album That Didn’t Die Before It Got Old: The Who’s Debut Masterpiece Turns 50

Happy birthday to the perpetual adolescent brat! The moody, cranky, destructive little p...

music
Music Monday: What Makes for Greatness in Rock Music?

The inestimable Larry Kaufmann recently made the case in this space that Bob Dylan’s Bri...

manners-and-morals
Thursday Abstract: Rolling Stones, April TV Encomia, Mocking Noah’s Detractors

The Rolling Stones will tour the United States this summer, playing in large stadia in ...

music
A Clear-Eyed Look at George Harrison: ‘Behind The Locked Door’

There has been a tendency in recent years to put George Harrison on a pedestal. As the m...

culture101
‘Bringing It All Back Home’ After a Half-Century

There’s no end to the debate over the greatest rock album, but the question of the mos...

music
Friday Abstract: ‘Blurred Lines’ Fallout, ‘Drones’ on the Way, Treehouses of Horror

The "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement decision could put significant constraints on...

music
How to Write a Rock Memoir: Steve Kilbey’s ‘Something Quite Peculiar’

If I had to name the best rock ’n’ roll memoir ever written, I'd say, after some del...

music
Dylan Lauds Tradition, Popular Music Predecessors

Bob Dylan is a legend, an American treasure, and obviously an American original. On Friday...

movies
Rush Celebrates Its 40th with North American Tour

You know the adjective old applies when a band you followed as a kid celebrates its 40th a...

art
Avenging the Honor of Free Speech

January 7, 2015, will be remembered as the day Islamic terrorists declared war against f...

music
New Dylan Album Will Rework Sinatra Songs

I suppose it didn't actually have to happen, but to me it seems just right: Bob Dylan ha...

music
Welcoming Giorgio to the Millennial Generation

Good music is good music, and I like to dabble in all kinds of it. Rock, jazz, country, go...

music
Geldof Rats Out Adele

Certainly former rock musician Bob Geldof is to be praised for his charity efforts (as t...

music
Morse’s ‘Songs from November’ Is Classic Classic Rock

Neal Morse is one of the most important figures in progressive rock, even though he didn't...

music
The Greatness of Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce, best known as the bass guitarist, songwriter, and lead singer for the rock s...

music
Remembering Paul Revere and the Raiders

I enjoyed the music of Paul Revere and the Raiders when I was growing up. Their characteri...

music
Jason Isbell Wins Big at Americana Music Awards

Jason Isbell was the big winner at this year's Americana Music Association Awards.  In ad...

music
Campbell Documentary Celebrates Country Artist

As a country musician, Glen Campbell wasn't widely known, among the general audience, for...

music
The Empty Hearts: Power Pop for Summer Fun

Are you looking for some late-summer, top-down, hard-driving power pop? If so, do yourse...

music
Dave Clark Five, Beatles, Other ’60s Pop Music Performers on TV Tonight

The excellent 1960s pop group the Dave Clark Five will be featured tonight on Turner Cla...

culture101
A Tribute to George Strait

George Strait, now on his retirement tour, is one of the greats of country music. Combinin...

culture101
Music of Tennessee: An American Cultural Treasure

Every year, the Oxford American literary magazine dedicates an issue to exploring the mu...

music
PBS ‘Great Peformances’ Profiles The Dave Clark Five

The PBS series Great Performances has produced a two-hour special about The Dave Clark F...

music
Transatlantic’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ Is Classic Progressive Rock

Although progressive rock has had a low profile in the music world since the rise of punk ...

culture-and-economics
Things Have Changed

Poor Pete Seeger.  Not even dead a week, and he’s already rolling over in his grave. ...

music
Forty Years of Drooling, and They Put You on the Graveyard Shift

By Bruce Edward Walker 1970 was a pivotal year for rock music. By the time it entered i...