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Tom’s Book Review: “Small Town Talk”


BEFORE there was the music scene in Seattle that gave us Grunge and even before the Athens, Georgia scene that spawned R.E.M, B-52s and a dozen of other inspired bands there was, Woodstock, not the festival, but the town. With it’s bucolic and tranquil forests, easy

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The Lumineers New Album Review


It’s been a long wait for a short album, but the dreaded sophomore jinx at least has been averted. Though The Lumineers fail to fail on their long awaiting second album, they also didn’t necessarily soar to grand heights either. Checking in

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Grammys Refuse To Pimp The Butterfly

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The 2016 version of the Grammys came tantalizing close too actually doing it. Making the ultimate statement and opening up a brave new world and then it didn’t. After a startling visual and audio performance of two songs from his

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Beyoncé Intercepts Halftime Show

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In a game dominated by defense, the coldest play of the super game was Beyoncé intercepting the halftime show. Something tells me the marketing folks at Pepsi, after watching a Coldplay rehearsal, said “Yea ok that’s what we thought. Can

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David Bowie’s Best Records

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The last week saw plenty of words dedicated to the memory of a man who wore make up, dyed his hair every color under the rainbow and introduced himself via an album cover wearing a dress.  He was David Bowie.

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Join (literally) Everyone Orchestra

Everyone ORchestra

The thrill of the live rock concert often comes from the unexpected moments shared on stage between musician and fan. The magic moment of a community in sync.  However in today’s world of instant reviews and even live video shot

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Tom Genes Picks His Favorites Of 2015

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What had started out as a great music year with near best of career releases from The Decemberists and Death Cab for Cutie has kind of petered out with so so releases from Adele and Coldplay. In between, there was

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Gift Guide For Music Lovers


Annual gift guides are fun. It’s a chance for a columnist to either use his influence and access to get really cool stuff from manufacturers or he can simply be honest and tell you what he would want. Well guess

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Los Lobos, Billy Gibbons Release Rockers

Gates of Gold

One of the more curious phenomenon of our pop culture is the continuing admiration for artists and athletes beyond their prime.  Look at the Senior golf tour. Each weekend during the season, thousands attend their events knowing full well guys

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Highway 61 Visited- Book Review

On Highway 61 book review

I like getting lucky in a bookstore. Not like with a member of the opposite sex but rather with a discovery.  Such was the case recently when I stumbled upon “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural

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