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Holiday favorites for 2013

Posted December 24th, 2013 at 7:10 pm (UTC+0)

OK, it’s down to the wire—NORAD is already tracking Santa Claus and his sleigh on his journey around the world, so we’ve just a few more precious hours to enjoy Christmas music until it’s all packed away for another year. I have a couple of new favorites to share with you this year. (If you’re […]

Black Friday, Record-Store-Day Style

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 6:09 pm (UTC+0)

Black Friday is the name that has been assigned to the day after the American Thanksgiving holiday—it’s traditionally the biggest shopping day in the US, the start to the big holiday shopping season.  Over the years, large retailers turned Black Friday into a circus of sorts, opening their stars earlier and earlier (somes even at […]

Bob Dylan Receives French Honor

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 8:33 pm (UTC+0)

Bob Dylan was presented with the Legion of Honor Wednesday in Paris. No cameras were allowed into the ceremony, so there’s no video to share, but it’s been reported that Aurelie Filippetti, France’s Culture Minister presented the award to the 72-year-old singer-songwriter. In her speech, the Minister talked about Dylan being an inspiration to the […]

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Unlocking The Truth….

Posted November 1st, 2013 at 10:50 pm (UTC+0)
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“Just be yourself and do what you do best.” That’s the message  Malcolm Brickhouse,  Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins hope you take away after listening to their band, Unlocking the Truth. The three  African-American tweens (Alec and Malcom are 12, Jarad is 11 and all are in grade 7)  from Brooklyn, NY aren’t rap fans—they […]

The Piano Guys Scale the Great Wall of China…

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 9:20 pm (UTC+0)

Do you know about The Piano Guys?                 The Piano Guys are four music loving dads from Utah who got together and started making videos just for fun. They wound up posting them on YouTube and soon the hits started coming—millions and millions of them to be exact.  […]

And the winner of Superbowl XLVIII is….

Posted September 9th, 2013 at 9:07 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole They’re not even playing the game for another five months, but it looks like we already know who’s won the Superbowl — it’s Bruno Mars. He’ll be playing the big halftime show during the NFL Football championship game. The Grammy-winning singer made the announcement last Sunday,  just before the kickoff of the first […]

Was it really so bad the first time around?!

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:23 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole When Bob Dylan released “Self Portrait” back in 1970, Rolling Stone magazine’s Greil Marcus gave it one of the most savage reviews ever written. I’m not even going to paraphrase it–you’ve got to read this one for yourself. Many of Dylan’s’ fans agreed with the famed critic, but there has also always […]

You Can Call Her Queen Bee

Posted August 9th, 2013 at 10:52 am (UTC+0)

By Ray McDonald   There’s something at once awe-inspiring and chilling about being present at the creation of a new star. Once upon a time, music fans relied on magazines, radio, records,  and possibly the odd TV appearance  to familiarize themselves with new artists. The Internet changed the game:  today you see a video on […]

Tags: Posted in Pop/Rock, Uncategorized


Posted July 25th, 2013 at 8:29 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald I want to tell you a little story. It’s about a band from Aberdeen, Washington called Nirvana. Active for only seven years, the trio released three studio albums. Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic revolutionized rock with their album Nevermind and sold tens of millions of records before breaking up in […]

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George Benson’s “Inspiration”

Posted July 19th, 2013 at 1:48 pm (UTC+0)
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The 13-track album showcases renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs, including When I fall In Love, Route 66, and Unforgettable



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