Reggae Redux! Yeah!

Numerous sounds and genres weave their way into the music of Dirty Heads, a six-man band from Huntington Beach, CA, but it's reggae that drives their rock sensibilities, and you know what that means: It’s all good. Mellow to the max. “One Love.” "Vacation" their...

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Bowie to Borns: Urgent, Androgynous and Superbly Talented

Two years ago, Boomer Music Update raved about Borns’ Euro-sounding "Electric Love,” which went platinum and was a solid hit in both the pop and rock worlds. We used words like fantastic, “almost a ‘Must Listen To,’” energizing and mesmerizing, modern, fun,...

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This is Beck? Oh My!

  Beck and Gene Simmons (and the whole KISS band)—could they be more different? Blond and pale, cerebral and artistic Beck is the opposite of Simmons, the wild, crazed rocker, in full-face makeup, with his tongue sticking out. The anti-Beck.  And yet… Both are...

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It’s All About The (Girls) Name

"Angela" by Denver based The Lumineers is a song about a woman running away from commitment but coming to her senses in the end.  It’s a top 10 Alternative hit,  and The Lumineers included it in their set when they opened for U2’s recent tour, and also in their own...

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60s Angst Is Alive And Well

  Maybe you had to be there, in the 60s and 70s, USA, to remember verses like Simon & Garfunkel’s from "America" Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat We smoked the last one an hour ago So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine And...

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This Song Has Over 200 Million Hits on YouTube!

  Imagine Dragons latest hit rumbles and shakes with the attention grabbing percussion and powerful vocals that one would expect of a song titled "Thunder,” a rendition so provocative that Microsoft is using it in their TV ads promoting the Surface Laptop, so it...

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U2’s Latest Has an 80’s Groove

"You're The Best Thing About Me," U2’s newest, has Bono singing about love gone bad. I'll be crying out/  How bad can a good boy be Shooting off my mouth That’s another great thing about me I got everything But I feel like nothing at all There’s no risky thing For a...

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From The Kinks’ “Lola” to “Whole Wide World”

  Guess who's back? It's the band Cage The Elephant, making their third appearance on Boomer Music Update, last featured in February just off their big Grammy win for Best Rock Album. In July they issued "Unpeeled," a collection of live tunes culled from various...

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Arcade Fire. Who Knew?

I confess that, until recently, I had never heard of Arcade Fire, and then, suddenly, they were everywhere: performing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," this past weekend a band member was a guest panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me," they’ll be part of...

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