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Music, You're Okay, Computer: Laptops and Vocals Make for Futuristic Pop with Feeling

You're Okay, Computer: Laptops and Vocals Make for Futuristic Pop with Feeling

Consider this a notice and/or reminder that anyone looking for the cutting edge of pop music shouldn't be searching for someone holding a guitar. Today's envelopes are pushed via keys, screens, and sound cards, with the accompanying human components bathed…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

The Associated Press has reported  that guitar innovator Les Paul  died today at the age of 94, from pneumonia-related complications. Paul helped to popularize the electric guitar in the 1940s, and his use of multitracking, overdubbing, phasing, and effects…
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Guitar Hero: San Francisco Musician Says He's Located Instrument Pilfered in '72 -- and Sues To Get His Axe Back

In a downer moment that must have left countless concert-goers blinking, shaking their heads, and bellowing, "drag, man!" Guitarist Ronnie Montrose actually stopped a show in mid-song, had the house lights turned on, and scoured the theater when his…
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Music, Hear This Robbers on High Street steal from the NY sound

Robbers on High Street steal from the NY sound

On their new digital EP, The Fatalist and Friends, Robbers on High Street squeeze every last drop from the New York City 2004™ sound (e.g., Strokes, Walkmen, French Kicks, Longwave, Ambulance Ltd., et al) — extra virgin, this ain't. But…
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Music, Reviewed Kevin Salem

Kevin Salem

If the communiqué that guitar rocker Kevin Salem has posted on his home page is to be believed, the musical paradigm shift of the last decade left him with a full-on identity crisis. Moved by the electronic revolution, he tried…
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