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Monday, April 14, 2014

New biography on a musician who defied definition

 The shorthand for Alex Chilton is that he experienced his career in reverse. In 1967, as the 16-year-old singer for The Box Tops, Chilton had a number-one hit with “The Letter.” He followed that group with the critically
Album Reviews
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013

Nothing Can Hurt Me (Omnivore Records)

 Time was you could buy still-sealed Big Star albums in used record shops in Appleton or resale bookstores in
Concert Reviews
Monday, March 25, 2013

March 22, 2013

 Strumming her acoustic guitar and dancing in place, Martha Wainwright delivered a wide ranging set of material to an audience of faithful fans Friday night at Shank Hall. Touring behind her recent album Come Home to Mama,
Album Reviews
Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Dominoes (Splunge Communications)

 While he may not go out of his way to make the claim, Clancy Carroll has been a key player in the local alternative scene since its beginnings. In a sense, this CD documents Carroll’s personal history. Guitarists Carroll and Gerard
Album Reviews
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Neo-Smorgasbord (Splunge Communications)

 In hindsight the musical landscape of the late ’80s offered a landfill of new music. Radio, television, magazines and movies smelled money. But with some digging you can always find gems. Witness 3onfire, formed in 1987 by Clancy
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

The Prosecutors (Splunge Communications)

 Before moving to Atlanta, Kevn Kinney fronted the Prosecutors with bassist Doug Lavalliere and the help of various drummers, including local legend James “Tess” Tessier. This CD collects the band’s lone three-song 45, a demo and a loose, after-hours take on “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” The real crackerjack
Off the Cuff
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
 “If you come to a fork in the road, pick it up—you may need it later,” explains musician Glenn Boren, whose long and winding road brought him to the founding of Trophy Guitar Straps. Today, Trophy’s recreated vintage straps...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Tucson (Fire Records)

Anyone who has even casually followed Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb's career has been rewarded handsomely. Orbiting around the foundation of desert-rock have been projects veering from collaborations with a gospel group in Canada and a flamenco...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Legendary Demos (Hear Music)

Carole King is one of the few songwriters to make the leap from behind-the-scenes writer to successful recording artist. From the pre-Beatles era, penning hits for Bobby Vee and the Everly Brothers to her summit as a solo artist with the album...