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A True Visionary: Daevid Allen of The Soft Machine and Gong

Daevid Allen, circa 1974. Photo courtesy of pastdaily
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Daevid Allen: 1938-2015 Cancer Claims One of Psychedelia’s Most Beloved Characters Daevid Allen was a renaissance man from another planet. A poet and performance artist who spearheaded The Soft Machine and Gong, Allen took his ardent fan base into other worlds with his wacky version of psychedelic rock. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Allen [...]

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Pink Floyd Calls it a Day: The Endless River, Album Review

Pink Floyd: The Endless River, 2014
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The Beloved Band’s Coda to Their Illustrious Career Pink Floyd: The Endless River, CD Review After twenty years since their last album, The Division Bell (1994), and countless re-issues of their complete studio recordings and several greatest hits packages, Pink Floyd have returned by sifting through their archives to create a ‘new’ album entitled, The [...]

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The Latest Offering from Yes: Heaven and Earth, CD Review

Yes, Heaven and Earth (2014)
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Yes Returns with a Pleasant, if Not Entirely Memorable Effort Yes: Heaven and Earth, CD Review As a diehard Yes fan, I find it extremely difficult to write a negative review of their music, but their latest album, Heaven and Earth, is not one of their greatest. It’s certainly a pleasant listen, but it isn’t [...]

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Keyser Soze’s The Remedy, CD Review

Keyser Soze: The Remedy, 2013. Image Courtesy of Keyser Soze.
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A Fun and Funky Fresh Breath of Reggae Keyser Soze: The Remedy, CD Review Usually when you think of reggae, you immediately think of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff or Peter Tosh. While reggae has actually been around since the 1960s, it’s heavily evolved over the decades, infusing elements of other genres such as jazz, funk [...]

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Monks of Mellonwah’s Afraid to Die, CD Review

Monks of Mellonwah: Afraid to Die, 2013. Image Courtesy of Monks of Mellonwah
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Alternative Rock from Australia Hits the Right Note Monks of Mellonwah: Afraid to Die, CD Review Influenced by groups such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few, the Australian alternative/indie band Monks of Mellonwah have concocted an interesting fusion of styles and given it their own unique spin, [...]

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Venturing into the Heart of Soul: Kevin Jenkins’ Step Inside, CD Review

Step Inside by Kevin Jenkins (2013)
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A Mellow and Intriguing Fusion of Funk, Soul and R&B Kevin Jenkins’ Step Inside, CD Review Kevin Jenkins’ debut album, Step Inside, is a pleasant and mellow offering that fuses elements of R&B and Soul to craft an inspiring album with a consistent theme of love at its core. The compositions (co-written by Jenkins and [...]

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EdTang & The Chops: Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner, CD Review

Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner by EdTang & The Chops, 2013. Photo Courtesy of edtangmusic.bandcamp.com
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Singer/Songwriter EdTang’s Engaging Mix of Folk and Country Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner, CD Review Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner, the latest CD by EdTang & The Chops, is a pleasant cornucopia of funky folk rock, sprinkled with a dash of country. Based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, this is the group’s second release (after Songs From [...]

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Celebrating 30 Years: A Preview of the 2013 Lake George Jazz Weekend

The New Gary Burton Quartet. Photo Courtesy of Lake George Arts Project
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Lake George Jazz Weekend 2013, Preview Great Music at this Year’s Lake George Jazz Fest For 30 years, the Lake George Jazz Weekend has been an annual tradition that has presented many renowned jazz legends as well as many up and coming young performers. Past festivals have featured such notable performers as Paquito D’Rivera, the [...]

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Jeremy Dubs Presents The Words, CD Review

The Words by Jeremy Dubs
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Jeremy Dubs: The Words, The Soundscape of Dreams An Intricate Weaving of Surreal Invocations Jeremy Dubs has recently released his new album. With the help of his band mates, of whom are his girlfriend Rebecca MaComber who plays trumpet, and Vanessa Zaehring who sings and plays cello, he has created another veritable musical tour de [...]

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Re-inventing Electronica: Northampton’s Home Body

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Home Body is Seductively Fearless A New Spin on Electronica Nowadays, making stimulating music is too easy. All one needs is a computer program and the ability to count a measure of four beats. Electronica is often flashy but void of originality. Home Body, on the other hand, does not hide behind its electronic equipment. [...]

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