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Mike Mettler  |  Mar 06, 2012  |  0 comments

Bruce Springsteen has always been a preacher at heart. Ever since he greeted us from Asbury Park back in ’73, he’s been spreading the good word of the healing power of rock & roll far and wide, testifying many a time and many an hour across the live planks, guitar slung back over his shoulder as he stomps, kneels, prays, pleads, and ultimately cajoles the enraptured to follow him down the open road.

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 27, 2016  |  0 comments
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When the calendar turned to 1980, it was time for Bruce Springsteen to grow up. “How people connect and relate to one another, or don’t—I want to be a part of that, not just looking at it from the outside,” Bruce says at the outset of the new documentary on the Blu-ray Disc that lies at the very center of The Ties That Bind – The River Collection box set. And that statement is, in essence, the manifesto for the direction taken by The Boss and his merry E Street Bandmates on The River, which found the brash ’n’ brazen New Jersey singer/songwriter staring down the dawn of a new decade with a cautious combination of equal parts hope and trepidation. The River could have easily taken a wrong turn and just kept going—and, in fact, it nearly did—but Bruce held steadfast to deliver a double album that put him on a path of “writing for my age” from that point forward on each successive album.
Billy Altman  |  Mar 11, 2009  |  0 comments
New West
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They've sung and played on each other's albums since the early 1990s, but Written in Chalk is only the seco
Robert Ripps  |  Feb 08, 2009  |  0 comments
Telarc
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Despite his American Boychoir and Juilliard training, 27-year-o
Billy Altman  |  Jul 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Yep Roc
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Known as much for her life offstage as on, country rocker Carlene Carter has released her first collection of new material s

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Jun 26, 2005  |  0 comments
By mere coincidence (or perhaps not), I sat down to review this new hybrid SACD on the rare rainy day in Los Angeles (although not quite as rare this winter). The two were a perfect fit. The Jazz Kamerata has a comfortable warmth about it, inviting you to wrap yourself in it and settle in for a lazy afternoon.
Sue Macphee-gray  |  Nov 06, 2005  |  0 comments
Free the Bees Astralwerks
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To their credit, the Bees are more adept than most at cross-pollination.
Rob O'Connor  |  Jun 13, 2007  |  0 comments

Parke Puterbaugh  |  Mar 03, 2008  |  0 comments
The Golden Age Merge
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Generous, affirmative, openhearted: These aren't the first words t

Brett Milano  |  Mar 03, 2008  |  0 comments
Opus Mixtum Carrot Top
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How does a band manage to be consistently excellent for better than

Rob O'Connor  |  Jun 20, 2007  |  0 comments

Brett Milano  |  Apr 30, 2007  |  0 comments

Rob O'Connor  |  Jun 09, 2011  |  0 comments

Battles turned quite a few heads with 2007’s Mirrored. Like Tortoise, the band took experimental prog rock and made it cool for the lo-fi/postpunk set.

Billy Altman  |  May 05, 2011  |  0 comments

Back in 2004, when the Beastie Boys released their NYC-saluting To the 5 Boroughs, Adam "MCA" Yauch noted in an interview that "what makes New York special is definitely the

water. . . . We got the best pizza, the best bagels, the best hip-hop. It's the fluid that runs through our bodies."

Robert Ripps  |  Aug 31, 2011  |  0 comments

In his monumental six-part work The Oxford History of Western Music, Richard Taruskin begins the volume devoted to the 19th century with Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, which debuted in Vienna in 1805 before its final revised version was staged there in 1814. Here we have an opus of searing intensity that signaled the arrival of Romanticism in music.

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