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Soundbites: Allman hits all the right notes

Soundbites: Allman hits all the right notes

Theres something quintessentially blues about Gregg Allmans growl of a voice. Not blues-y or blues-ish, but blues. He does it justice on Low Country Blues, released Tuesday.  [...]

‘Oliver!’ leaves audience begging for more

‘Oliver!’ leaves audience begging for more

That Lionel Barts Oliver! has huge universal appeal and relevancy today is not in question. Bart crafted his iconic musical from the Dickens classic, drawing on themes of love, kindness, desperation and redemption to circumscribe the [...]

Soundbites: Tapes n’ Tapes n’ the art of stability

Soundbites: Tapes n’ Tapes n’ the art of stability

Outsider is mostly about playing it straight, hooks and all, with a heavy nod to the bands indie beginnings. [...]

Soundbites: Change of the season for The Decemberists

Soundbites: Change of the season for The Decemberists

My ears perked up straight when I heard the first energetic hum of the harmonica on the Decemberists sixth album, The King is Dead. Then, as the album progressed, they slouched a little. This must be [...]

SoundBites: Cures for the common Christmas carol

SoundBites: Cures for the common Christmas carol

Kurtis Blow said it best in his 1979 disco-infused hip-hop classic, Christmas Rappin: Dont you give me all that jive / about things you wrote before I was alive / cause this aint 1823 it [...]

Soundbites: Deadmau5 gives a live show, canned for your convenience

Soundbites: Deadmau5 gives a live show, canned for your convenience

It was in Montreal where I saw Canadian DJ Joel deadmau5 Zimmerman, almost accidentally, behind the mixers at a club while wearing an overgrown mouse head. Once I heard and saw his aurally [...]

SoundBites: Innovation no longer strong suit for Black Eyed Peas

SoundBites: Innovation no longer strong suit for Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas manage to embarrass themselves three times in the first two minutes of The Beginning. [...]

New frontier for ‘Oklahoma!’

New frontier for ‘Oklahoma!’

The Mead Center for American Theaters choice of Oklahoma! as its inaugural show for its glamorous new theatre complex has been questioned around town for weeks.  Ive heard comments ranging from, I cant imagine why they [...]

SoundBites: Russian Futurists could use a time machine

SoundBites: Russian Futurists could use a time machine

Named after a movement intent on inciting controversy through progressive art, The Russian Futurists truly disappoint with their tame and mundane The Weights on the Wheels. [...]

SoundBites: Kid Cudi might be an alien

SoundBites: Kid Cudi might be an alien

If sound existed in outer space, it would sound like this. 
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