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“CLOSE-HARMONY FOR ALL TIMES, NOT JUST COVID”: THE RETURN OF GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS

GILLIAN WELCH AND DAVID RAWLINGS DON’T NEED NO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS TO MAKE “isolation” music. It’s encoded in their DNA. Whether a Gillian Welch “solo” album or a David Rawlings Machine group release, this unique duo…

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THE RETURN OF BABY YODA…AND, OH YEAH, MANDO: THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2

SEQUEL: A SIX-LETTER WORD. SOMETIMES A REVELATION, USUALLY A CURSE WORD. ONE episode of the second season of The Mandalorian is hardly a sample size to evaluate its merits, of course. Among what made the…

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70 @ 70: 70 TOM PETTY PERFORMANCES TO REMEMBER HIM BY

IN BELATED HONOR OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOM PETTY’S 70TH BIRTHDAY, here is a list of my favorite Tom Petty performances. I’ve selected performances rather than just a compiled list of his songs, even…

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R.I.P. EDDIE VAN HALEN(1955-2020)

POOR LASLO, I HOPE HE’S ALIVE AND I HOPE HE’S HOLDING UP. (NOT AN UNUSUAL thought when you hit 50 and older about people you haven’t seen in decades. And I’m too adverse to Facebook…

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NOT PREACHIN’ TO THE CHOIR, OR WHY TYLER CHILDERS’ PROTEST SONG IS SO DAMN POTENT

HOW IN THE HELL DOES A SELF-PROCLAIMED “WHITE BOY FROM HICKMAN”[Kentucky] create a better “Black Lives Matter” song in 2020 than anyone actually Black?!? How in the hell does an artist summon more moral courage…

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EVEN AFTER A HUNDRED YEARS CHARLIE “BIRD” PARKER STILL NEEDS AN INTRODUCTION

CHARLIE “YARDBIRD” PARKER STILL CAN’T CATCH A BREAK. WHAT SHOULD have been his glorious centennial  year has been effectively capsized by the corona virus pandemic and the worst racial strife in America since the 1960s. …

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MOTLEY CRUE THE DIRT: THE MEMOIR

FOR DECADES THE “GOLD STANDARD” FOR ROCK TELL-ALL BOOKS WAS Stephen Davis’s Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, perhaps followed by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman’s No One Here Gets Out Alive, the…

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