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A Chance Meeting of Words and Music

We all know what happens when poets can sing or play an instrument. The enterprising ones—Chuck Berry, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Kanye West—become superstar troubadours, modally rhyming about youth or sex or status.

AMPLIFY 2013: rotation

January 15 was the first night of AMPLIFY 2013: rotation, a two-night festival organized by ISSUE Project Room and Jon Abbey of Erstwhile Records.

A Great and Joyful Noise

Seventeen years ago, my wife bought a television after seeing an ad on Craigslist. It was a small cathode-ray-tube TV, the kind you never see now in the days of flat-screen monsters.

Decoding Lez Zeppelin

Every band wants you to believe that it’s all about the music. And every band’s success depends on sustaining that illusion.

Outtakes

Suffering from jazzheimer’s, I find it increasingly difficult to cite my first encounters with certain folks, music, etc.

Still Tragic, Still Political, Still Swoon-Worthy

On January 11, an appropriately rainy night in Brooklyn, Morrissey took the stage with his usual dramatic flare at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

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