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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Have You Ever Actually Listened to the Lyrics of "Norwegian Wood?"

Earworm Weekly: Have You Ever Actually Listened to the Lyrics of "Norwegian Wood?"

It's not that I hate the Beatles, per se. It's simply that I've already heard the entirety of their extensive catalog enough to last the rest of my lifetime. This decision isn't about quality or significance: it’s about ubiquity.…
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Music, All Shook Down Rock 'n' Roll Muse Pattie Boyd Offers New Look at '60s Icons in "Like a Rainbow"

Rock 'n' Roll Muse Pattie Boyd Offers New Look at '60s Icons in "Like a Rainbow"

Some 45 years after the Beatles split, everything to say seems to have been said. But in a new exhibit that opens today in San Francisco, Pattie Boyd offers a new look into the private lives of some of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" Gets a Digital Makeover

The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" Gets a Digital Makeover

The cultural and social upheaval of the 1960s was so pervasive and palpable that even a child couldn't miss it, especially if that child's parents provided a couple of quarters to see the latest feature-length cartoon. One day in the…
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Music, All Shook Down Rich Beatles Fans Will Pay Buttloads of Cash For Questionable Memorabilia

Rich Beatles Fans Will Pay Buttloads of Cash For Questionable Memorabilia

Later this month, an amplifier used by George Harrison when he was recording Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the rest of The Beatles is going under the hammer in London. And it's expected to sell for somewhere…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bigger than Gandhi

Bigger than Gandhi

Ravi Shankar's life has been as well-traveled as his music. Since taking up the sitar in the late 1930s, the Indian musician has released more than 40 albums, composed for film director Satyajit Ray, collaborated with Ali Akbar Khan and…
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Music, From Radiohead to the Stooges and Merzbow: The wide world of boxed sets

From Radiohead to the Stooges and Merzbow: The wide world of boxed sets

As two different Radiohead releases this month prove, rock boxed sets aren't becoming any more sensible. The "discbox" version of the band's new record, In Rainbows, is stuffed with extras, from useful (music) through aimless (booklets and artwork) to mystifyingly…
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Music, Reviewed The Sleepy Jackson

The Sleepy Jackson

Australia's the Sleepy Jackson is the project of one Luke Steele and his revolving door of musicians, who reportedly keep leaving due to the songwriter's rigidity. But it's a good thing Steele is so stubborn, because the band's debut, Lovers,…
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Music, Reviewed Panjabi MC

Panjabi MC

George Harrison may be dead, but Americans can't help but turn their heads, as he did, toward India for spiritual and artistic inspiration. While Madonna attends self-help seminars with Deepak Chopra, city-dwelling hipsters rent Bollywood features, and it all plays…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Babble on and on They say that it takes an artist his whole life to make his first record and only a year to make his second, which may explain why sophomore efforts typically feel incomplete and ill-conceived. The same…
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Music, Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em

Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em

"Percussion is one aspect of musical culture that needs to be highlighted," insists Marin-based Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain. He's speaking on the phone from his Peoria, Ill., hotel room, only minutes after arriving from a sold-out stop on his…
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House of Tudor

Badi Assad, the baby sister of the well-known Brazilian classical guitar duo the Assad Brothers, has transcended her role as yet another acclaimed guitarist in an already guitar-heavy family with her English-language major-label debut. Chameleon showcases the multi-instrumentalist's shifting hues…
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