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    Marshall and the Madhouse

    @ Up on the Sun on March 12, 2007 @ 12:17 pm
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    The Diva in Mr. John - New bio has a fresh take

    Until now, Elton John, Philip Norman's 1992 unauthorized biography of the piano man, has stood as the definitive word (also updated in 2000 as Sir Elton: The Definitive Biography, for those who missed the point). That's the tome where we first learne...

    by Serene Dominic on October 18, 2007
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    Peel It Up - Memoir of a radio hero

    Were you one of the thousands of hopefuls who submitted demo tapes to BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel? Perhaps he didn't play it, let alone include it on his annual Festive 50 list. But consider this: Did you describe your music as "jazz"? Boast about your ...

    by Mike Appelstein on October 18, 2007
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    Witchcraft - The Alchemist (Rise Above)

    This CD sounds like sitting in the back of a 1976 Dodge van, surrounded by blacklight posters, clouds of incense smoke, and stacks of 8-tracks. Musically, it's like some time-warped orgy of Cream, Black Sabbath, and Electric Light Orchestra; lyricall...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 18, 2007
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    Shelby James and the Crying Shames - Cadillac Valentine (self-released)

    Shelby James and the Crying Shames' Cadillac Valentine is an often sprightly blend of '90s rock, country, blues, driving bass and drums, and '60s-esque guitar and vocal riffs. Drawing on influences far and wide, the lyrics quote songs by everyone fro...

    by Sarah Ventre on October 18, 2007
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    Bruce Springsteen - Magic (Sony)

    Magic is being hyped as Springsteen's rocking return to his classic period, and that's understandable: The album contains lotsa familiar musical totems, not to mention lyrics about driving a highway until the road turns black, and a diner on the edge...

    by Michael Roberts on October 18, 2007
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    Maverick Mavis - This Staples Singer still wants to change the world

    Mavis Staples may be 68 years old, but the righteous fire that distinguished so many of her rich, bottomless vocals during an extraordinary 50-plus-year career continues to burn brightly. When asked why the songs of struggle that make up We'll Never ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 18, 2007
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    Konono No. 1 - Live at Couleur Caf (Crammed Disc)

    Konono No. 1 is from the Congo, and they make music unlike anything you've ever heard. Their music is based on the sound of the mingiedi, the Congolese thumb piano, also known as the kalimba and sanza. Band leader Mawangu Mingiedi moved to Kinshasa (...

    by j. poet on October 18, 2007
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    Pit Stop - You can mosh, potato

    There was a time, in the early '90s, when there was no mosh pit I wouldn't brave. I loved the sweat-drenched chaos, the primordial release of pent-up aggression, the feeling of being one with a motley mass of metalheads. I even took pride in my post-...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 18, 2007
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    Eddie Daniels - Homecoming: Eddie Daniels Live at the Iridium (IPO Recordings)

    In his first appearance as a bandleader in New York in more than a decade, Santa Fe-based saxophonist and clarinetist Daniels played a four-day residence at The Iridium Jazz club, a well-known jazz spot best recognized for its regular Monday-night se...

    by Ernest Barteldes on October 18, 2007
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    Make It Merc - Friday night gets fancy

    After taking a week off, we wanted to return to the scene with some class. So instead of slumming it with plastic cups and scummy restrooms, we decided to check out the Phoenix dig that's known for a hot mess of $30K millionaires, the Merc Bar. On Fr...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 18, 2007
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    Matt Pond PA

    Frontman Matt Pond doesn't care for the term "chamber pop," and it's a loose fit. His band's sound is more Delgados than Belle & Sebastian, which is to say that though the quintet frequently uses strings for texture and its melancholy tone, there's a...

    by Chris Parker on October 18, 2007
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    Keali'i Reichel

    As one of the most prominent promoters of Hawaiian culture today, Keali'i Reichel (pronounced Key-ah-li-ee Ray-shell) takes an educational approach during his live concerts. "It's a good mixture of hula, storytelling and music," he says during a phon...

    by Ernest Barteldes on October 18, 2007
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    The Cave Singers, and Black Mountain

    Cave Singers frontman/guitarist Pete Quirk doesn't need a band, really. He's got a vocal delivery so weathered and lived-in thin as a middle-aged woman's croak, almost, or a limited Perry Farrell that it'd even be a devastating weapon sans instru...

    by Ray Cummings on October 18, 2007
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    Bobby Bare Jr.

    It's almost impossible to believe Bobby Bare Jr. is the son of legendary countrypolitan crooner Bobby Bare. Bare Jr.'s tongue-in-cheek lyrics, dry vocals, and '60s pop-infused melodies are in direct opposition to his father's schmaltzy country fare. ...

    by Tracy M. Rogers on October 18, 2007
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    Tis Brillig

    Beware the Jabberwock, my son, not to mention the Jubjub bird, the sneaky Snark, or any of the other boojumed bizarrities that will surely journey Through the Looking Glass for Tis Brillig, on Saturday, October 20, at the Starlight Room, 16737 East P...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 18, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 18 Andersons Fifth Estate: MODE Thursdays with Sonique des Fleurs, Sol Martinez, & guests (deep house) Big Fish Pub: Chronik Frequency Thursdays with DJ Ladykilla, DJ Papi Cholo, DJ Spawn, Kyle Wise, AWOL, & Dmok (breaks, electro, hip-...

    on October 18, 2007
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    Furious George

    What seems like a million years ago -- but was really just half-a-lifetime, when I was 15 or 16, I was a faithful/fanatical reader of Maximum Rock N Roll. If you don't know, it was the bible of punk rock, a newsprint compilation of all the obscuritie...

    @ Up on the Sun on March 6, 2007 @ 12:23 pm
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    Marketing Lessons

    The band SiOP's press release begins, "SiOP was formed in the summer of 1998 and has been on the rise ever since." Truth is, SiOP never left 1998 and its plethora of shit bands: Static-X, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, the Bizkit, etcetera. Here's the go...

    @ Up on the Sun on March 5, 2007 @ 11:42 am
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    Remembering Joe Zawinul - Down them stairs, lose them cares

    It was the eve of the new millennium at Joe and Maxine Zawinul's beautiful place in lower Manhattan. The music of Marvin Gaye filled the home "What's Going On," as I recall. Zawinul had invited me to a small family celebration, and all my other ...

    by Paul Rubin on October 11, 2007
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