When the Singer and the Song are More Than the Sum of its Parts.

When the Singer and the Song are More Than the Sum of its Parts.

I gave a lot of thought about how to introduce you to Brittany Howard’s “Stay High.”  I contemplated a cute  title: “Is it the Singer or The Song?” or telling you that when I saw her on SNL her soulful vocals and emotional abandon reminded me of Janis Joplin. Maybe...

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The Black Keys’ “Go” is Hard Driving Rock n’ Roll

The Black Keys’ “Go” is Hard Driving Rock n’ Roll

Akron, OH, in the heart of the heartland, once the "Rubber Capital of The World," has a permanent place in Rock & Roll history:  it was an early stop for DJ Alan Freed, and is home town to Devo, The Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me"), Music Explosion ("Little Bit Of...

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When You are in a David Bowie Frame of Mind…

When You are in a David Bowie Frame of Mind…

  We love Cage the Elephant, and have featured this six- member rock band from Bowling Green, KY numerous times.  One reason we love the group is the creative genius of brothers Brad and Matt Shultz, who anchor the band’s success. Their newest, “Social Cues,”...

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Lana Del Rey Slithers, But in a Good Way

Lana Del Rey Slithers, But in a Good Way

George Gershwin knew what he was doing when he wrote “Summertime” and any song that even remotely claims lineage to the original has to have chops, and Lana Del Rey delivers in her cover of a hit from 1997, “Doin' Time” by Sublime, a now defunct ska band from Long...

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It’s July 4th–Here Are Songs That Go “Boom” 

It’s July 4th–Here Are Songs That Go “Boom” 

Tomorrow, the skies will be filled with fireworks and the air with loud booms, and just as fireworks are a July 4th“must have,”  “Boom Boom” by  X Ambassadors is “must listen to” if your taste in music is eclectic, and you like complex, sophisticated, tight bands,...

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Explosive! Intense! Energy!

Explosive! Intense! Energy!

Rebellion and rock are joined at the hip, by the hip, morphing from drag strips and street corners in the 50s, to garage bands in the 60's to punk in the 70's. By the late 80's and early 90's the stakes and intensity levels were increasing--The Offspring had a huge...

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See you Later, Alligator

See you Later, Alligator

Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men had a mega-hit in 2012 with "Little Talks;"  their latest release "Alligator" is all about the energy--explosive--and the group's originality.  Creatively, they stand out from much of what is out there today. I see color raining...

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G-L-O-R-I-A !

G-L-O-R-I-A !

What's in a name?  Apparently, a lot, if the name is Gloria, as we music-loving Boomers know: In the 1950s it was The Cadillacs and their doo-wop style; in the 60s it was Them/Van Morrison and the classic rocker, "Gloria;" in the 80s Laura Branigan's "Gloria" was a #1...

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