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Federico Aubele Travels Panamericana

It was just yesterday that I was musing about musicians traveling from country to country, coping with obstacles both musically and socially. While Hoax Funeral was certainly enjoyable, there was little doubt that their calming...
 
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Soul Music’s Genius Sculptor: Thom Bell

Usually above this text, there is a picture of an artist or band posing ceremoniously for a photographer with the intent of public distribution. You will be hard-pressed to find any photos like this of Thom Bell. A photo of him...

 
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The Diverse Susumu Yokota

As multifarious talents continue to rapidly dwindle in number, it is becoming noticeably more difficult to find such artists who are able to conquer the fields of music, art, and film with successive force. Though it remains su...
 
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Twinkles, Wands, and Calculations from Polynya

Some bands just love talking about themselves. I occasionally receive one-sheets that contradict both their namesake and purpose in providing an accessible introduction to a particular artist, instead supplying a sprawling ten-...

 
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Joe Henry: A Timeless Musical Entrepreneur

After posting about a few new artists who were fresh on the scene with inexperience with nothing but hefty ambitions in their pockets, I figured a change of pace would do us all some good. This leads us to Joe Henry – the...
 
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Jealous Girlfriends From Brooklyn

Some cities are simply blessed with a ceaselessly active music scene. While most major cities have their share of prominently historical artists to tout about, there are few that can accurately describe their city as still bein...

 
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Mono in VCF… in Stereo

Ah, Phil Spector. You just have to love the guy. Whether it is his influential production technique found within the “Wall of Sound”, his indisputable influence on contemporary music, or his infamous hairstyle in th...
 
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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble… Strips

I am sure many of us over twenty can remember the leather jacket craze. The Fonz was one of the few to kick-start the fad in the late 50s and Springsteen brought it back in the 80s, along with many others. One of the few to sei...

 
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REVIEW: Dogs – Tall Stories from Under the Table

Dogs – Tall Stories from Under the Table by Mike Mineo If I were to compare Brit indie-rockers Dogs to a specific breed within their namesake, it would be appropriate to keep the breed within those pooches who retain aggr...
 
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The Sacred Sailors Look to the West for Success

Most of us have grown accustomed to hearing a set standard in Swedish music over the past few years. Whether the typical Swedish artist delivers clean indie-rock like Peter Bjorn & John and The Concretes, lyrically exuberan...