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Song of the Day: Tauk – “Convoy”

Posted by Greg on Jul 13, 2018 in Music

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Arguably one of the best live bands on the planet is the Long Island quartet TAUK (as in Montauk) and their latest album, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, hits retailers today. The lead single off the album is “Convoy,” a sun-kissed and joyous foray into loose jazz and free-form funk. The organs are airy, the guitars are noodling and the synths are smooth and cylindrical. Buttressed by a bass that is bright, bubbly and decidedly vernal, this just might be the best summer song you’ve never heard. Read more…

 
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Buddy Miller Launches Americana at the Ryman this Sunday

Posted by Greg on Jul 13, 2018 in Music

For those in and around Nashville, Sunday at the Ryman there’s an event that just might be the highlight of your concert summer. Buddy Miller kicks off the Americana at the Ryman series with special guests Elizabeth Cook, The McCrary Sisters, Parker Millsap, Tony Joe White and Lee Ann Womack. Read more…

 
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Artist of the Week: Cam

Posted by Greg on Jul 12, 2018 in Music

Earlier this morning California country chanteuse Cam, the critical darling and award-nominated country songwriter, released her latest single, “The Road to Happiness,” via RCA Records. The song is a co-write between Cam, Grammy nominee Tyler Johnson and award-winning writer Hillary Lindsey. “Road to Happiness” follows most recent single “Diane” and her appearance as a mentor on ABC’s debut season of American Idol. An album is due later this year. Read more…

 
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Concert Review: Rock and Roll Express Tour – 7.7.18 – Daily’s Place – Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Greg on Jul 12, 2018 in Florida/Long Island, Music

As hordes of critics and insers talk ad nauseum about the the death of rock and roll, thousands of fans still clamor for the visceral experience that is a live rock concert. With that as a guiding principle, the Rock & Roll Express Tour kicked off this past weekend, featuring a stop at Jacksonville’s new swanky amphitheater Daily’s Place. The tour features a co-headline by Mississippi chart-toppers 3 Doors Down and 90s chart-toppers and Georgia boys Collective Soul. Another 90s heavyweight, Minneapolis’ Soul Asylum opened the show. And now for the best part: none of the three failed to show up. In fact, from start to finish, it was a blistering, loud and thunderous evening of some truly first-rate rock n’ roll. Read more…

 
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Ones to Watch: Grand Canyon

Posted by Greg on Jul 3, 2018 in Music

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We’ve never claimed to be prognosticators of future success, but if the rumbling cut “Lucinda” is any indication then the Los Angeles sextet Grand Canyon most assuredly has a bright future. Read more…

 
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Must Hear: Mark Erelli’s “The World is a Beautiful Place”

Posted by Greg on Jul 3, 2018 in Music

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Let this be known, our favorite singer-songwriter will always will be Mark Erelli. Since his 1999 self-titled debut, his voice and his songs have captivated us like few if any others. Yes, Billy Joel will always be a favorite, but he’s a fellow Long Islander and has a discography replete with classics. As for Erelli, well, he darn well should be just as famous. Read more…

 
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Song of the Day: “Trigger” by Paper Jackets

Posted by Greg on Jul 3, 2018 in Music

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Let’s be honest. It’s summer. Time to crank the music, roll the windows down and celebrate sun-drenched days. No better way to do that than to blare the sun-kissed banger “Trigger” from LA alt-pop outfit Paper Jackets. Read more…

 
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Book Recommendation: Waiting to Derail by Thomas O’Keefe and Joe Oestreich

Posted by Greg on Jul 2, 2018 in Music

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The unending genius of Ryan Adams has never been questioned, but the singer-songwriter certainly has had his share of theatrical moments. Those moments are on full display in the engrossing and rapid-quick new book, Waiting to Derail (Skyhorse Publishing), by Thomas O’Keefe and Joe Oestreich. Read more…

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