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Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Amour, t’es là?

It’s easy to suppose Banda Magda is French and probably from one of Paris’ tonier arrondissements. After all, the vocals by sweet-voiced Magda Giannikou are in French and the lilting music is pleasant mojito composed with a dash
Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Classic Banjo (Smithsonian Folkways)

 In a sign of how music can cross social divides, the banjo, an instrument of African origin, became integral to the folk music of Southern whites. Classic Banjo collects tracks from the Folkways label by black and white musicians
2013 Wisconsin State Fair Guide
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sunday, Aug. 4 @ 7 p.m.

 One of the slyest pop groups heard on AM radio in the 1960s, The Turtles slipped the cheeky line “How is the weather?” into their unabashed declaration of love, “Happy Together,” and set the optimistic lyric to an emotionally
Album Reviews
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (RPM, Columbia, Legacy Recordings)

 Jazz concerts on the White House lawn were not considered usual events—at least not until John F. Kennedy lived in the president’s house. One of the great White House concerts of that era was a performance by the Dave Brubeck
Film
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Oscar Grant’s Last Stop

 The Trayvon Martin case wasn’t the first public outcry over an African American youth who died under controversial circumstances at an alleged crime scene. The killing of Oscar Grant by a transit policeman in
Album Reviews
Monday, July 15, 2013

The Last Tribe (MoonJune Records)

 Although the great surf instrumentals of the ’60s were probably not on the minds of Dialeto when they recorded The Last Tribe, there are moments when the beautiful yet stark guitar-powered melodies conjure up those oceanic