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Apr 20 ’50 Shades of Black’ The Album Cover Art Of Shepard Fairey At Subliminal Projects
‘I have 50 pieces that are on LPs that I have collaged on top of and printed new images. I have put all my favorite records in a record store installation in the space with two turntables. People can take any of my records, whether it’s rare, whether it’s signed, listen to it and hopefully put it back.’
Posted 20 April 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Apr 20 KISS and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Via Ace Frehley
There is nothing less macho than being that vague. Ace having an opinion is fabulous. Ace not getting to the point is lame. But this is over now. You wont hear anything more from KISS for a very long time.
Posted 20 April 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Apr 20 Is Made In America the Beginning Of Downtown LA Rave Parties?
More and more EDM DJs every year? EDM promoters have had some difficulties to find a venue around LA, and since the Los Angeles State Historic Park (home of Hard Summer and Insomniac) is currently closed for renovation, it is crucial for them to find a new venue, and that’s why the EDM promoters are all eyes for Grand Park.
Posted 20 April 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Apr 20 Thursdays Rainforest Fund Benefit Had Some Set List
It almost seemed as if the organizers were engaged in some kind of contest to see how many genres they could jam into one night. The songs bounced from opera (Ms. Fleming on “O Mio Babbino Caro” and “La Ci Darem La Mano,” aided by Sting) to jazz (Chris Botti on Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain”) to township jive (Paul Simon on “Graceland”).
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Apr 20 Prince’s “The Breakdown” Reviewed
Prince doesn’t use his falsetto but he does manage to go higher and lower and the same time (up for “Keep breaking me” and down for “down”), the band sound fabulous and sure it is better than the execrable Zooey duet. But I hope to never hear it again.
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Apr 20 Television Lite: April 21st – April 24th, 2014
We should be headed in to the days of reruns soon-but until then late night TV is alive and well and …well awful. Foster The People and Neon Trees? Proving that we are too tired and too distracted to care what we watch anyway.
Posted 20 April 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Apr 20 Active Viewin’: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of April 21st, 2014
At 75 years of age, Peter Stampfel’s latest song, on cooler than we are Don Giovanni Records, “NSA Man” finds the former hippie violinist folkie as great as ever. The new album is gonna kill it, I promise and the opportunity to see him in the cramped Mercury Lounge on Thursday is a huge huge thrill.
Posted 20 April 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Apr 20 For No Viable Reason Except That Some Of Em Are Rock Stars: Lindsay Lohan’s Lovers
“You know what? I am going to get serious for a minute. And I know we have to do this quickly because I know we don’t have a lot of time. That was actually my fifth step in AA at Betty Ford and someone, when I was moving, must have taken a photo of it so that’s a really personal thing.”
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Apr 20 Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases For 4-22-14
The Pains etc would get a lot further with me if they were either better or had a shorter name and Sebastian Bach? Keb Mo? Kelis? Eels? I am in wait and seek mode. Which leaves me with UK folkies To Kill A King, mostly because Cannibals With Cutlery is a great name for an album
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Apr 20 10 Songs, Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Nas Is Like – Nas -Never a huge fan and post Illmatic even less so, but this track thrills me, the scratchy title chorus is addictive and the “half a man, half a mazing” is a mantra for the new age – A
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Apr 19 Here at Easter Time — Jesus Christ Superstar
“Hosanna, Hey Sanna, Sanna Sanna Ho, Sanna Hey Sanna Ho San-na! Hey JC, JC, won’t you smile at me? Sanna Ho Sanna Hey, Superstar!” The heart lifts.
Posted 19 April 2014 by Paula Iwamoto-Schaap  Add comment
Apr 19 Real Friends Worcester Palladium MA Tuesday April 15th 2014
It was the craziest crowd I’d seen in a really long time. The passion of the fans mixed with the energy and the thumping background music they had, it was intense and I was glad I wasn’t in the crowd because I would’ve been terrified
Posted 19 April 2014 by Mary Magpie  Add comment
Apr 19 Carlene Carter At Amoeba, Wednesday April 16th 2013, Reviewed
At Amoeba, with the only help of her acoustic guitar and strong smoky voice, she played most of the songs alone, songs such as ‘Little Black Train’, Give Me The Roses’ – a song about how she wants to live her life, she added, ‘give me the roses while I am alive’.
Posted 19 April 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Apr 19 The Greatest Generation World Tour At Best Buy Theater, Thursday, April 17th, 2014, Reviewed
This matters because it goes to the heart of this young, working class, personal well past solipsism rock band. Campbell’s poetics are works of imagery not metaphor. His words are so very very subjective and they are real acts of dramatic license
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Apr 19 “Different Songs With the Same Name: Part 1
Inspiration can come at odd times. On one of my recent trips to Rock NYC Headquarters, Helen Bach and I got into a wee bit of legal trouble. It’s a long story that started with us…um…borrowing all of the money in the petty cash fund
Posted 19 April 2014 by Steve Crawford  Add comment

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A Mullen At Yankee Stadium: “RAP is not my genre but that is about to change”

Tee Shirt Translation: New Ideas


















It’s Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, to see one of my all-time favorite performers. The stage is framed like a Retro Amphitheater with curves reminding me of a piano. Scarlet. Smoky. Sexy. What a legendary night in NYC!


Kanye West’s “Yeezus” Improves With Age

















My first impression of Kanye West’s Yeezus was half of it was a masterpiece and half of it was very good and now I think it is all a masterpiece.  Clocking in at 40 minutes in length, every track reveals itself in time and lines fly out at you and slap you to attention. The first track, “Out Of Sight” is a spike of liquid acid with all the hallucinations turned inside out: intead of being surrealistic, it is serate sharp thuderring rock rhythm. The whirl of synth that introduces you to it explains why Lou Reed worded Metal Machine Music when he wrote about it.


Jay-Z And Charles Dickens Linked

You can take the man out of the projects but he won’t move that far





















I was reading about a a shooting in Marcy’s Projects last week –a thirteen year old boy shot to death. I bet somethings don’t change, not even when you up a modern day Madison Square Garden a stones throw from the place you were raised slinging crack rock. Even when you don’t get dropped, you drop the label. There ain’t enough distance to tear yourself away from it.