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U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

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U2
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin
November 13, 2018

There is a popular adage about the value of perseverance that says it doesn't matter how many time you get knocked down but what matters is how many times you will get back. That certainly applies to the malady that hit U2 during their ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dead Can Dance: Dionysus

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In Greek mythology, Dionysus represents the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre. In ancient times, he was worshipped fondly by his followers with cultural festivities, wine-induced ritualistic dances, intense and violent orgies, and secretive various depictions of drunken revelry (the Dionysian Mysteries). What he embodied was ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black

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Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black
Alan Light
216 Pages
ISBN: 1588346390
Smithsonian Books
2018

In recent years, there hasn't been a shortage of books and documentaries on the subject of late singer and songwriter Johnny Cash. During his lifetime, Cash himself wrote two ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dine Doneff: Rousilvo

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There is more to bassist and composer Dine Doneff's record Rousilvo than simply a blending of styles and genres and eras and approaches. Certainly among his many talents is his uncanny ability to blur the line between the avant-garde, free-improv, classical, world music and jazz. It's a maneuver he has perfected over the years as the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
400 Pages
ISBN: #
Reel Art Press
2018

It was 50 years ago when a group of four people gathered in the basement in Central London for a rehearsal in order to fulfill touring obligations from the band they ...

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Bryan Ferry at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall, Macedonia 2018

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Bryan Ferry
Macedonian Philharmonic Hall
Skopje, Macedonia
September 9, 2018

Everything about Bryan Ferry's grand performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall seemed to revolve around style and presentation. The Philharmonic Hall was dimly lit and filled with smoke, effects trying to achieve a certain after-hours intimacy. Ferry's backup singers and the ...

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Paul Simon: In The Blue Light

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It's not unusual for artists to re-record a song or two from their past oeuvre. Actually, the history of music is replete with artists revisiting their past achievements. This goes all the way to the era of crooners, and one can see singers like Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett offering different takes on same songs in ...

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Kaya 40

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In recent years there hasn't been a shortage of reissues of various artists as every five years there is some sort of anniversary which is a plausible reason for issuing an avalanche of remastered editions with various bonus materials in different formats. And it's amazing that music from past decades and long gone eras still manages ...

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Kabadayas: Od Ponedelnik

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Od Ponedelnik or “Starting from Next Monday" (in Macedonian) is a follow up to Kabadayas' debut IV (Atlantic Jazz, 2012), and it and is the perfect title for the record the band has been postponing since 2012 (Hence the title). But the band members are all busy playing on other projects and bands. Since the debut, ...

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Goce Stevkovski Septet: Homage to a Dreamer

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In the raft of drummer-led records, many of those lack strong identity. Not this one. As a commanding drummer and compelling composer, drummer Goce Stevkovski stands above the fray. This ubiquitous drummer who is known for his affiliations with various acts to whom he has lent his dynamic yet sensitive groove, bands such as Project Zlust, ...