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Music

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.

U2 Reclaims Icon Status By (Mostly) Avoiding Politics
2 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years 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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Why Now is Best Time to See Guns N’ Roses
3 years ago

Why Now is Best Time to See Guns N’ Roses

Frontman Axl Rose is infamous for diva behavior. You know, showing up late, refusing to go on stage and sparking riots.

After becoming a recluse following the insanely eventful “Use Your …
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Why ‘Beautiful’ Is the Best Kind of Feminism
3 years ago

Why ‘Beautiful’ Is the Best Kind of Feminism

She’s dowdy to the core, a Brooklyn girl who thinks she isn’t pretty enough to sing her own songs. Her tunes are meant for stars, not a mom struggling with …
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Subversive ‘Sound of Music’ Finds Joy in Faith
3 years ago

Subversive ‘Sound of Music’ Finds Joy in Faith

The college student earned the chance to play Maria in the national touring production of “The Sound of Music.”

College clearly can wait.

Anderson isn’t just cozy slipping into Julie Andrews’ …
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‘Good Times!’ Will Make Monkees Fans Squeal
3 years ago

‘Good Times!’ Will Make Monkees Fans Squeal

When The Monkees say, “here’s something from our new album,” it’s not a cue to hit the rest room.

“Good Times!,” the band’s first album of new material in 20 …
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Denver’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ Packs Steampunk Pop
4 years ago

Denver’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ Packs Steampunk Pop

Denver’s take on Stephen Sondheim’s quasi-opera mines a local resource to glorious effect.

Colorado’s own DeVotchKa reinterprets the Tony winning musical, playing through May 15 at Denver’s Stage Theatre. The gypsy …
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7 Underrated Monkees Songs
4 years ago

7 Underrated Monkees Songs

The so-called Pre-Fab Four recorded some of the best pop music of the 1960s. It’s no accident that, 50 years after the band’s eponymous sitcom debuted, people still clamor for …
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