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Thursday, July 8,2010

Still protesting

Joan Baez still wants change

By Alan Sculley
"I knew I would no longer be embarrassed by our president. I think its just odd for me, feeling that the cohesiveness that we needed in the world at that moment turned out was a black candidate for president, not a songwriter, not somebody from the street, not a Martin Luther King, but a man running for office."
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Thursday, May 27,2010

An icon sounds off

David Crosby on his past, present and future

By Alan Sculley
The trio road tested a few songs last year under consideration for the disc, including the Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday, the Allman Brothers Bands Midnight Rider, Bob Dylans Girl From The North Country and the Grateful Deads Uncle Johns Band.
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Thursday, May 6,2010

For second CD, Mute Math had to restart from scratch

By Alan Sculley
"Some songs are more challenging than others," singer/guitarist Paul Meany says in a recent phone interview. "True to a Mute Math record, we definitely did not consider how we were going to be doing this live as we were recording it," he says. But it paid off.
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Thursday, April 15,2010

Citizen Cope has flitted from label to label and now has his own

By Alan Sculley
Yet, he is in the enviable position of being an artist that can tour large clubs and theaters and, as his current tour attests, sell out multiple nights in cities like Boston and Philadelphia. To Cope, his ever-expanding popularity is largely the result of having created a sound that is uniquely his with a message that feels authentic and honest.
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Thursday, March 18,2010

Vampire Weekend builds upon their sound for new album

By Alan Sculley
"I remember someone told us that they thought our first record was perfect driving music," Batmanglij says. "I think part of the reason for that was we were obsessed with keeping the momentum alive, and having just like a simple bass drum thumping, like four-on-the-floor or just like not having any kind of quiet moments or small moments.
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Thursday, March 4,2010

Bon Jovi never afraid to change their sound

By Alan Sculley
For more than 25 years, Bon Jovi has been cranking out hit albums and playing arenas and stadiums, while establishing a level of enduring popularity that only a handful of acts have ever achieved.
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Thursday, February 11,2010

The Editors battle the curse of the formulaic

By Alan Sculley
When the Editors finished their second album, 2007’s An End Has A Start, singer Tom Smith sensed a change was in the air for the group. “When we finished the second record, I really felt like we had exhausted that avenue for the time being,” Smith says. “It was time to put down the guitars and focus on something else.”
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Thursday, January 14,2010

Brandi Carlile bares her soul on latest album

By Alan Sculley
One of the major ways Brandi Carlile feels she improved as a singer on her latest CD, Give Up The Ghost, was in being able to tap into the emotions that fueled her songs as they were first being written when it came time — sometimes many months later — to record her vocal track in the studio.
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Thursday, December 24,2009

Cracker works to not be easily definable

By Alan Sculley
Guitarist Johnny Hickman says he wouldn’t be happy playing with a band that stuck to a similar sound from song to song and album to album.
Thursday, December 10,2009

2009 Holiday CDs Guide

By Alan Sculley
For whatever reason, 2009 is not going to go down as one of the better years for holiday albums. The main reason is that there weren’t as many releases as usual. In any event, here is this writer’s takes on the best and worst of this year’s seasonal releases.
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