Mark Keresman

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  • 6 years ago | Local Wire

    We imagine you young 'uns are sick of hearing how fab the 1960s were, but it was a time when assorted strains of roots music were literally in the air. Take Aurora "Rory" Block — as a teen in NYC's Greenwich Village early in that decade, she...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Though the term "guitar hero" means less in mainstream music than it did, say, 25 years ago, that doesn't mean the world doesn't have or need them anymore. Clapton and (Jeff) Beck are still active, but who's going to carry on when they join Stevie...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Superficially, Asylum Street Spankers appear to be two things they are not: neo-/retro- pre-rock 'n' roll pop/swing/whatever (remember that Lounge Nation rag from the '90s?) and a zany band that does "jokey songs" (remember the Dead Milkmen and We...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    In the past few decades, there's been an overlap in Los Angeles between the somewhat more academic avant-garde scene and punk rock. The Minutemen wove minimalism, jazz, funk, and rebel politics into a punk aesthetic (or was it the other way around...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Kieran Hebden is an electronica performer better known as Four Tet; drummer Steve Reid is a veteran of 1960s and '70s R&B and free jazz scenes. They initially seem like an unlikely pairing, but not when one considers the cross-pollination between ...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    The Partridge Family notwithstanding, sometimes music is a "Family Affair" as shown by Sly & the Family Stone, the brothers Avett, Allman, and Everly, and Chapin Sisters. It hasn't been scientifically proven that genetics can help a band's sound (...

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