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Digitized or demonized, today’s music defies easy categorization. We may listen to music in ways we never dreamed of before, but it always comes down to the beat, the rhythm and the lyrics no matter how many ones and zeroes line up for our inspection.

Midland’s ‘On the Rocks’ Is Just What Country Needed
2 months ago

Midland’s ‘On the Rocks’ Is Just What Country Needed

It’s one of those songs you don’t get tired of.

Every time Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” comes on the radio—which is so often that it might be annoying in another song—I …
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Costello Rocks Colo. Crowd Before Bashing Trump
2 months ago

Costello Rocks Colo. Crowd Before Bashing Trump

Give Elvis Costello some credit. He waited until the encore at the premiere Hike to the Mic before lacing into President Donald Trump.

And Costello did so without uttering a …
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Yoakam Clings to the Classics in Killer Garden Set
4 months ago

Yoakam Clings to the Classics in Killer Garden Set

Dwight Yoakam isn’t one of those singers whose fans greet their new music with a shrug.

Recent Yoakam releases like “Second Hand Heart” and “3 Pears” capture the same songwriting …
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9 Unmistakable Signs You’re at a Chris Isaak Concert
4 months ago

9 Unmistakable Signs You’re at a Chris Isaak Concert

Chris Isaak is a touring machine.

At 61, the troubadour hits the road virtually every year with a songbook bursting with gems. This summer proved no different. He doesn’t have …
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Roger Waters Praises Refugees, Bashes Trump in Concert
4 months ago

Roger Waters Praises Refugees, Bashes Trump in Concert

Roger Waters failed to impress with his latest attack on freedom days before the anniversary of the country he now calls home.

If you attended Waters’ July 1 concert at …
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The Eternal Mystery of Corey Feldman, Rock Star
5 months ago

The Eternal Mystery of Corey Feldman, Rock Star

By  •  Reviews, Music

“Listen,” my wife said a few weeks ago in a serious tone, “Don’t you think that by buying a ticket to this thing, you’re contributing to Corey Feldman’s personal deterioration?”


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U2 Reclaims Icon Status By (Mostly) Avoiding Politics
6 months ago

U2 Reclaims Icon Status By (Mostly) Avoiding Politics

Thirty years ago, U2 released the album that would define the ’80s.

“The Joshua Tree [Remastered]” became a classic. Most of its songs went on to become stadium anthems.

After …
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Green Day Live: Fun, Interactive and Hypocritical
8 months ago

Green Day Live: Fun, Interactive and Hypocritical

I have always loathed Green Day.

I was already an adult when they first came on the scene. Even though they were touted as being Punk, they never seemed authentic. …
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Third Eye Blind: No Politics, Just Pure ’90s Rock
1 year ago

Third Eye Blind: No Politics, Just Pure ’90s Rock

As a man of 5’7″, there’s nothing I can do about the former.

I still insist in my proudest moments that a small growth spurt is waiting around the corner. …
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‘Circles and Squares’ Review: Shimmery Summer Pop
1 year ago

‘Circles and Squares’ Review: Shimmery Summer Pop

The best songs endure, sharing fresh facets with every listen.

Seth Swirsky’s “Circles and Squares” falls into the latter category.

The pop prince behind “Watercolor Day” and “Instant Pleasure” packs layer …
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