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Top Five Joe Jackson Albums

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I’m getting excited for record number 36 from Joe Jackson. Seriously, Joe Jackson. Yea that Joe Jackson. Not the shoeless baseball player, but he of “Sunday Papers” and “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” fame.   The man who came

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Labor Day Needs A New Voice


I’ve been laboring over the status of songs about labor. Certainty, there’s no shortage of songs about work. There are songs about bad bosses and working stiffs on the 9 to 5 singing about the overthrow of one manager for

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Memphis: Music, Mayhem and Memories

Beale Street dynasty

A lot has changed in Memphis and nothing has changed in Memphis. One of the real true contenders for the title “Music City,” the gateway to the south remains what it was from its wild upbringing just after the Civil

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Jason Isbell Reaches New Emotional Heights with Latest Release


When a songwriter commits a lyric like “You thought God was an architect” to a song, he doesn’t do it because it’s easy to rhyme.  He does it because he’s a poet.  And as he conveys a sense of fate

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The Samples To Relive Origins

The Samples

The Samples will take the stage next Wednesday for a free show as part of the Avon Live! music series.  Tom Genes offers his impressions of the band from a foregone era.   They were a band custom made for

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Grateful Dead Say Good Bye

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Thousands of revelers descended upon Chicago this past weekend for a celebration and an end. Apparently the Grateful Dead are, well, dead and Chicago was home to their three day wake and funeral. The ‘Core Four’ of Bob Weir, Bill

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Apple Reveals The Future of Music

one more thing

  Each year Apple Computer has rocked the technology world with a keynote speech at the computer nerd convention called the WWDC. This is the big storied affair that was the uncontested domain of a black turtle-necked, blue jean wearing

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Denver U2 Concert Review

u2 Concert review

“America is not a country. It’s an idea,” so prophesied the world’s biggest rock star at the end of a 50 yard stage with his hands in the air like a man claiming his innocence.  As Bono the leader of

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RNR Hall Of Fame Ceremony Enchants

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“My record collection is actually sitting right here in this room,” so opined Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day as just one of the sincere poignant moments of the annual love fest that is the induction ceremony for the Rock

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“Ghost Network” Provides Great Family Summer Read

The Ghost network review

Can fame really be a means to your own end?  Do secret creative communities exist where utopian ideals reach their apex as once described by Ayn Rand in “Atlas Shrugged”?  These are just a few of the questions you are

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