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Calendar, Night&Day Richie's Rich

Richie's Rich

Preternaturally respected rock critic Richie Unterberger is one of those people who deeply and simply loves music. We think he has a particular soft spot for the British Invasion, but we might just be projecting. That's what Unterberger does, actually,…
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Many rock posters are better than the shows they promote. For example, take Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan’s poster promoting Bush’s 1997 gig at the Maui Cultural Center. It nearly justified the band’s career. Same goes for their poster of…
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Music, Hear This Beachwood Boys

Beachwood Boys

For all the ringing Rickenbackers, peaked-cap style points (think Donovan), and general '60s approximating, Beachwood Sparks' most eternal number is a reworking of 2000's "By Your Side," a minor hit by pop-soul outfit Sade. Go figure. Feathered with understated instrumentation…
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Music, Hear This Colin Meloy’s heartfelt approach is Donovan-esque

Colin Meloy’s heartfelt approach is Donovan-esque

Live performance skills separate the truly talented from those just getting by in a studio or band context. Take Colin Meloy, frontman with the Decemberists, for example. His album Sings Live! is a true solo project, vocals accompanied only by…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Sly Samara

An accomplished violin player, guitarist, recording engineer, and vocalist, Samara Lubelski has proven to be one of the most unjustly unheralded musical contributors to the American underground. Lubelski has loaned her talents to Tara Jane O'Neil's languid meditations in the…
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Music, Thinking Big

Thinking Big

Big-band jazz at its best slaps you upside the head: a driving beat, rockslide-inducing horn sections, mesmerizing harmonies, soloists who rise above the fray to deliver searing statements of purpose. When the band is cooking and the arrangements are tight,…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Parallel Snarking Shopping is our religion, too: Regarding Common-Fucking-Sense Rule No. 6 , I wished the writers had asked DPT why it disobeys the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment admonition to…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then

"Do they still call you 'Mellow Yellow'?" I ask Donovan -- the Donovan -- in a recent phone interview. "Well, I'm still a mellow guy," he responds, laughing. This is the most concise answer I will get from the legendary…
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Music, BeatBox

Beat Box

This New Year's Eve, promoters the A List and Delicious Karma are hosting "Wish," an event that will manage to be both opulent (they've promised to transform the venue into "paradise" through the aid of "over $40,000 in décor") and…
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Culture, Stage

A Thunderbird Night of Terror

The first skit in Thunderbird Theatre's horrifying Night of Terror gives us a couple of burnt-out '60s rock stars, Donovan and Ringo Starr, who learn about a death-metal band called Grandpa's Bloody Diaper and, to save civilization, embark on a…
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Music, Kings of Convenience

Kings of Convenience

Despite their regal moniker, Norwegian folkies Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye are more like sad princes than bold sovereigns. On last year's self-titled debut, the Kings of Convenience proffered a series of fragile, wispy songs that netted a small…
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Second Time Around

Dont Look Back "I am another," wrote Rimbaud. There is perhaps no better documentary of the separation of self from self than Dont Look Back, D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan just before the flood. On the surface, it's a…
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Donovan Sutras (American) Couldn't we develop some sort of mandatory euthanasia program for aging rock stars? OK, maybe we wouldn't kill them. But how 'bout a device to discourage continued recording? The same folks who pass out gold records could…
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