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Wayne Shorter, a Living Sax Icon

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 3:32 pm (UTC+0)
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The iconic saxophonist continues his “kind of fantasy journey in the music” as he describes it

Jeff Lorber’s Hacienda

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 4:33 pm (UTC+0)
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A new release by jazz fusionist Jeff Lorber

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 […]

Philadelphia Folk Festival, Day 2

Posted August 19th, 2013 at 12:54 am (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Hello again from the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Day two of the 52nd annual Philadelphia Festival was every bit as glorious as the first. On the weather side, things started out sunny & mild and just got better from there. Musically, the day began with sets from solo singer-songwriters including […]

Hello from the Philadelphia Folk Festival!

Posted August 17th, 2013 at 9:11 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole Greetings from  the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, PA (near the town of Schwenksville, if you want to find us on the map), where I am attending the 52nd Philadelphia Folk Festival. This is one of the oldest continuously operating music festivals in the United States and, unlike some years, […]

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 […]

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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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The BEST story you’ll see today. Really…

Posted July 15th, 2013 at 7:43 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole It’s no secret that Dave Matthews is a good musician.  7 Grammy wins and over 31 million albums sold in the US alone attest to that. But now we know that he’s a good guy, too.  And now there’s proof that his fans are just as nice.   The short version of […]

Stormy Monday: Goodbye, Bobby “Blue” Bland

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 3:51 pm (UTC+0)

by Ray McDonald   Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland died on June 23 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 83. The Associated Press quoted his son as saying he died due to an ongoing illness. He was known as Bobby “Blue” Bland — or, the Sinatra Of The Blues. Born in rural Tennessee, he moved to Memphis, […]

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Figuring Out Kanye West

Posted June 17th, 2013 at 4:44 pm (UTC+0)
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By Ray McDonald   Kanye Omari West: who is he? Is he the challenging, creative rapper responsible for some of the best hip-hop releases of the past decade? Or is he a self-important irritant who, among other incidents, highjacked Taylor Swift’s big moment at the 2009 MTV Awards show and more recently lashed out at photographers after […]

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