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December 2008

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With Tony Bennett (Episode 5)

Nu-progressive types beware! At first blush, Tony Bennett can seem to be a crotchety old traditionalist, harshly critical of any popular music trend that flirts


Freddie Hubbard: An Appreciation

Hubbard’s always energetic, often exhilarating voice speaks for itself, and needs no one to augment or embellish the official record.


Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… - Episode 4

James Taylor: isn’t he supposed to be the antithesis of a songwriter like Elvis Costello? Isn’t that what we were once taught, those


Medical risks of headbanging

An important new study has been published in the most recent British Medical Journal. The title: “Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head


Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… - Episode 3

Elvis becomes the other Elvis for the third episode of his weekly show, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (Wednesdays at 9pm EST/PST on the Sundance


What’s next? Ozzy was really just snorting baking powder?

More revelations like this, and we may be approaching DEFCON 1 status in terms of authentic rock and roll debauchery.


20 Questions: The End of the World

Stefan Marolachakis from the End of the World talks to 20 Questions. The Brooklyn band's latest album French Exit came out on Flameshovel Records this fall.


Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…—Episode 2

Since we’re in the thick of the holiday season, I should mention that the instrumental theme song to Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (Wednesdays at


William Dowd, RIP (and some thoughts about the harpsichord)

When it comes to artistic endeavors, once we lose advocates (not to mention the actual artists) that part of our world becomes a little bit smaller.


Glassjaw’s Triumphant Return and the Redemption of Ross Robinson

In the annals of rock and roll history, producer Ross Robinson will most likely be remembered as a scoundrel. After all, Robinson is largely responsible


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