MUSIC

Exclusive Interview: Jason Blades from To Write Love On Her Arms

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To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit organization founded by Jamie Tworkowski in 2006. The goals of this organization are to help teens deal with depression, addiction, self-harm, and suicide. I spoke with Jason Blades, a representative of TWLOHA about the positive message his organization preaches. That it’s okay to have these feelings, […]

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Exclusive: Alternative Press Music Awards – Mike Shea Interview

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On Monday July 21st the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio will play host to the first ever Alternative Press Music Awards. The award show, hosted by Blink 182 front man Mark Hoppus boasts a star studded lineup which has made fans very excited. Fall Out Boy, Rise Against, Avenged Sevenfold, and […]

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Review: Vans Warped Tour 2014 (Photos)

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On July 10th, Mansfield Massachusetts was invaded by tens of thousands of dyed hair, pierced out, pot smoking music lovers for the annual Vans Warped Tour music festival…and it was awesome. With 11 stages set up and over 100 musical acts performing throughout the day, Warped Tour certainly was a sight to behold. There was […]

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Music Review: Nazareth – Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone is one of the more complete albums I’ve heard in a while. The band Nazareth strikes a good chord throughout on this beautifully produced, written and performed selection of songs.  While Classic Rock in Boston is starting to add 90s music and beyond (meaning artists that are considered more alternative than classic […]

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2014 MLB All Star Game – Player Walk Up Songs

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I am channeling the inner-grandfather in me with the following statement… in my day, there was no such thing as a walk up song. Apparently in 2014, it is now a thing and the stroll that certain MLB players take from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box required some musical accompaniment. It is no […]

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Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun DVD Review

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Rock for the Rising Sun is a terrific Aerosmith live disc, as evidenced by the rendition of “Sweet Emotion” (check it out on YouTube). Tyler, Perry, Whitford, Hamilton and Kramer are at the top of their game, as are the camera crew and director Casey Patrick Tebo, one of those great instances when the band […]

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Guitar Gear Review: Composite Acoustics – Well Made, Well Playing Guitars

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While we are traditionally used to seeing guitars made of wood, it is becoming more common to see ‘alternate’ materials being used. A great example is the HPL, (High Pressure Laminate) currently being used in some offerings from C.F. Martin. And while some are unhappy with this material, others maintain that the instruments aren’t too bad […]

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Guitar Gear Review: D’Addario NYXL Strings – You Can’t Beat Them, You Can’t Kill ‘em

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I had a unique experience with the new D’Addario NYXL strings. I have quite a collection of guitars and in doing maintenance I will restring multiple guitars at one time. I was working on a lick in my head and picked up my Les Paul to noodle through the progression. To my surprise the Les […]

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CD Review: Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus

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Ian Anderson’s 3 part Homo Erraticus could easily be a Jethro Tull album, the vibes, the instrumentation and musical alliteration all displaying the “Tull” appeal. The 22 page booklet on this release – from the high end KScope Music company – contains the written-word wisdom and wit we expect – that we crave – from […]

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CD Review – The Couper Brothers: Gold Dust – 29th Aniversery Deluxe Edition

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The Couper Brothers / Gold Dust have renewed interest with their original Gold Dust vinyl going for megabucks on the web. Scott Couper and his brother Jay Couper are putting the finishing touches on their new CD – “Gold Dust – 29th Aniversery Deluxe Edition” which features their first critically acclaimed 1986 album “Gold Dust” […]

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Review Mikey Wax – Timely

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Mikey Wax’s eponymous sixth CD (by my estimate, from Wikipedia and mikeywax.com ) is the work of a seasoned writer/vocalist/keyboardist, issuing a dozen perfectly crafted songs – both musically and lyrically – embellished by top notch production from Scott Cash and Ed Cash.  With all the music invading my P.O. box this particular disc has remained […]

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Review: The Boston Calling Music Festival 2014 – The Greatest Force on Earth (PICS)

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The semi-annual Boston Calling Music Festival held at Government Center this past weekend was a celebration of not only music, but the human spirit. Music and love are not so different from one another, both invoking feelings of passion when experiencing either. The passion in the eyes of Jesse Lacey, the guitarist for Brand New, […]

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Seymour Duncan and Aristides Announce the 010 Red Rising Sun Giveaway 

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The 010 isn’t just your standard copy of a traditional design, one of the primary ways this guitar sets itself apart is the material that makes up the body. Called Arium, this Aristides-designed material increases the resonance and sustain of the instrument. Unlike traditional instruments made from a block of wood, the 010 has an […]

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CD Review – Tsunami of Sound: Wet Sounds

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Drenched in the reverb of guitarist Dave Esposito, the classic “Mr Moto” gets the whammy bar and lots of love and care opening up this dynamic and authentic perspective on instrumental surf rock. The two minute and fifty-two second rendition of the Belairs classic – which originally clocked in at 2:09 on Surfside records – […]

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Jmunney’s VH1 Top 20 Countdown Reboot – 5/31/14

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Each week, I check out VH1′s Top 20 countdown, and then I rearrange the songs based on my estimation of their quality. The following list is the 5/31/14 release. Original VH1 Top 20 Countdown – 5/31/14: 1. Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun” 2. Phillip Phillips – “Raging Fire” 3. Ingrid Michaelson – “Girls Chase Boys” […]

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CD Review – Satch Kerans: Riverboys

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On Riverboys, veteran New England area performer Satch Kerans delivers his perfect pop/rock material with precision and a heartfelt authority. In the title track “he quotes, Blake, Ginsberg…” on a Tuesday morning, featuring the beautiful backing from the all-star group on the cd. The singer does an admirable job solo, keeping the album’s vibe intact […]

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