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CD review: Listen to Neil Young

January 28, 2009

Neil Young has been around for a long time. Aside from looking at old publicity photos of Young from the 60s, it’s kind of hard to imagine ol’ Neil as a young man, or as anything less than the rock and roll icon he is today. I mean, dude, Neil Young! Rockin’ in the free world! Harvest! Cinnamon Girl! I think it’s safe to say he’s put out somewhere around 800 albums since the 60s, and this newest live album, “Sugar Mountain,” has quickly become one of my favorites in recent days. . . .

The Vault: Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii

January 21, 2009

An album and movie not from the early days of rock and roll, nor of recent memory, Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii actually performed in an old Roman Amphitheater offers a unique and timeless sound. . . .

The sound of the season

December 3, 2008

On Sunday November 23, Lyte auditorium was filled with the music of the Sonic Synergy Concert. The concert included an orchestra, concert band, and wind ensemble. The program opened with From Tropic to Tropic. The audience was then entertained with Jubilant Holiday, which was an assortment of holiday favorites played by the Celestial Brass. . . .

Jazz at de ‘Ville

December 3, 2008

The funky rhythm of jazz resonated in the Multi-Purpose room of the Student Memorial Center on Thursday night. . . .

Hit me baby one more time: Britney's comeback (again)

December 3, 2008

Whether you love her or hate her, it does not appear Ms. Spears is leaving anytime soon. Fresh off her sixth studio album (not including her greatest hits), Britney appears to have made her official comeback (for the second time). . . .

Local bands local again

November 12, 2008

It’s a familiar story, local rock band packs up and moves to the city to make it big. The reality is that things rarely work out that way. Dreams shatter, plans change, expectations fall. Often though, musicians land somewhere between great success and crushing defeat. Some bands do not immediately strike gold, but achieve enough to keep the hope alive. That is where psychedelic rock band, the Trakes, find themselves today. . . .

Kicking and screaming

November 12, 2008

The Chameleon opened its doors to the quiet chatter of an audience ready to get loud. Norma Jean and Haste The Day headlined a great set of metal bands Thursday night. . . .

The Cure: still living the dream

November 12, 2008

My friend Nelson does concrete for a living and is a pretty gnarly drummer; like, big, thudding, John Bonham drums. He is kind of a “tough guy.” That’s why I was so surprised when, years into our friendship, he “came out of the closet” and admitted that he was a huge Cure fan. I was too! It is not always cool to admit you like the Cure. Maybe it is the association with moping goth kids or the silly imagery or Robert Smith all covered in makeup and acting like a sad, sad girl, but sometimes you have to keep your Cure love on the down-low. . . .

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