Music Reviews

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January 6, 2019 

The Arts Fuse

Ryan Lee Crosby’s River Music- A Potent Musical Stew

River Music will satisfy the slightly adventurous listener as few other records I heard last year.

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September 10, 2018

The Smart Set

Giant Steps: Getting Hip to Jazz

As Louis Armstrong said: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know!”

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May 16, 2018

The Arts Fuse

Rock Review: The Damned Deliver Damned Good “Evil Spirits”

Even after decades, The Damned is still grandly flying its freak flag.

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October 4, 2017

The Arts Fuse

Rock Review: Here Come The Monks — Again

The Monks were, and to some extent still are, the quintessential cult band.

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October 30, 2016

The Arts Fuse

Leonard Cohen — Embracing the Darkness

At 82, Leonard Cohen seems to feel that there isn’t a lot of time left and that he has nothing to prove to anyone, least of all himself.

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October 21, 2014

The Arts Fuse

Leonard Cohen’s Timeless Solutions to Our “Popular Problems”

Cohen fans, rejoice—Popular Problems proves that the power and depth of his music haven’t faded now that the man singing them is officially an octogenarian.

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May 30, 2014

The Arts Fuse

Help Make Roadrunner the Official Rock Song of Massachusetts

Bay Staters, be warned – we are living in a state without an official rock song. Luckily, if we pitch in, we can help the government solve this problem.

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February 2, 2012

The Millions

Nevermind Nostalgia: Twenty Years After Nirvana

Hearing that Nirvana’s Nevermind was 20 years old was kind of like seeing an old drinking buddy turn to Jesus in his autumn years. I was happy for him and everything, but I missed the old days when we shared the fortress of solitude.

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July 28, 2007

Flak Magazine

Redemption Song: A Life of Joe Strummer 

Salewicz knew the man personally (Strummer called him “sandwich”) and was known to have drank and smoked with him for years longer than many.

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August 2, 2006

Flak Magazine

Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs by John Miller

After looking more closely at the song and artist selection, there is some pretty glaring disharmony and outright dissonance.

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September 12, 2005

Flak Magazine

Nouvelle Vauge

The cover song always carries with it a unique risk.

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June 17, 2006

Flak Magazine

Leonard Cohen

The correlation between poetry and music is as old as either one.

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January 12, 2007

Flak Magazine

Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers 

One of the greatest things ever said about Johnathan Richman, was that he “looked like Dustin Hoffman and moved like Mick Jagger.”

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June 2, 2007

Flak Magazine

Paper Planes by M.I.A.

“People don’t really feel like immigrants or refugees contribute to culture in any way. That they’re just leeches that suck from whatever.”

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March 30, 2007

Flak Magazine

Words Are Enough: Robert Johnson 

Robert Johnson may or may not deserve credit for rock’s inception, but he definitely set the mold.