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  • 4 years ago

    Los Angeles and San Francisco are tied as America's capitals of sin and triumph — at least for Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers, who fashioned a "soundtrack" for both cities with their debut collaboration, Translucent Blues. Manzarek (L.A.) is be...

  • 6 years ago

    Superficially, Asylum Street Spankers appears to be two things it is not: neo-/retro-pre-rock 'n' roll pop/swing/whatever (remember that Lounge Nation rag from the '90s?) and a zany band that does "jokey songs" (remember the Dead Milkmen and Weird...

  • 7 years ago

    Yet another band moniker for a solo performer, Castanets is the nom de musique of Raymond Raposa, a San Diego singer-songwriter with a playfully warped approach to American roots music: Not quite country, not quite folk, and not quite blues or gos...

  • 7 years ago

    I won't name names, but after listening to an album by a certain "alt-bluegrass" combo, a mini-epiphany alighted: Why listen to a half-assed, smug-hipster version of bluegrass when the real thing— Ralph Stanley, Gibson Brothers, even Alison ...

  • 8 years ago

    Near the conclusion of Austin Powers (the first one), Dr. Evil taunts our hero, "There is nothing worse than an aging hipster." Veteran femme rock icon Grace Slick has said "old people" look, uh, foolish playing rock 'n' roll. It is a nice trick i...

  • 8 years ago

    What a long, strange trip it's been for Peter Case. He's gone from the proto-power pop of the Nerves and Plimsouls to several solo albums of reflective, spunky folk rock. Then it was back to the Plimsouls, and now he's moved to the stark, virtuall...

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