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August 19, 2014

New Music Tuesday

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

Alicia Keys – Storytellers It’s not easy being a singer whose main instrument is the piano.  You're naturally facing away from the audience, you’re seated, and you often keep your eyes on the keys. I’m thinking of how Norah Jones evolved from shy, side-view performer to the graceful entertainer she is now. And, of course, there are those who never had a problem, like Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis or, of course, Liberace. But I digress. Alicia Keys is one ... full story

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August 13, 2014

James Brown: Get On Up!

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

He was “Mr. Dynamite.” He was “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” “He was “The Godfather of Soul.” He was James Brown, one of the greatest and most influential musicians and entertainers in popular music history. And now, finally, a movie about his extraordinary life has been released. “Get On Up,” with Chadwick Bozeman (who portrayed Jackie Robinson in 24) in the lead role. He does a stellar job with a daunting ... full story

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August 12, 2014

New Music Tuesday

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

Charles Mingus – Triumph of the Underdog Charles Mingus, the seminal jazz bassist and composer, remains,, 35 years after his death (at age 56), a popular topic of conversation. He was also paid tribute by Joni Mitchell, who collaborated with him just before his death and named her tenth album for him.  For the uninitiated, here’s the jazz critic Philip Elwood, calling him “the most complex, eccentric, explosively temperamental and pyrotechnically brilliant ... full story

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August 5, 2014

New Music Tuesday

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres


Paul McCartney – Live Kisses Paul McCartney is all about full circles. He respects and honors history—his family’s, the Beatles’, and music history. So it’s as right as it is ironic that, at age 69 early in 2012, he made this film in the studios at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Capitol, Beatlemaniacs will know, resisted signing the Beatles when the label’s British sister, EMI, offered them. Instead, their initial recordings came out on ... full story

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July 29, 2014

New Music Tuesday

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

Jason Aldean – Night Train to Georgia
Country star Jason Aldean, a native of Macon, Georgia, has always wanted to perform  at Sanford Stadium in Athens, where his beloved Georgia Bulldogs play their football games. Despite his successes—as in 8 million albums sold, and long strings of sold-out concerts—the UGA field was off limits. Until, one night in April, 2013, it wasn’t. Over 66,000 Aldean fans filled the stadium, and Night Train to Georgia ... full story

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July 22, 2014

New Music Tuesday

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

Trampled By Turtles – Live at First Avenue
It’s bands like Mumford & Sons and Trampled by Turtles, along with the sightings of Steve Martin’s Steep Canyon Rangers, that give hope to lovers of rootsy Americana music. Although it’s issued six albums, Trampled by Turtles has the lowest profile of them all. But, as you’ll see in Live at First Avenue, they have many loyal fans—especially in their home state, Minnesota (the quintet is from ... full story

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