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Review: Bob Dylan, Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA - 7/15/11

Good music played well never goes out of style.
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Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour played the second date of its 2011 U.S. Summer Tour by opening the Orange County Fair on a cool summer night to the delight of a packed house, filled with a cross section of fans young and old.  Some at their first, others who've lost track of the number of times they've seen him.  Dylan started at the organ for show-opener "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" from Slow Train Coming.  The lyric "Gonna put my good foot forward/ And stop being influenced by fools" perfectly encapsulates the approach he has taken for most

Contest: Win Paul McCartney - McCartney and McCartney II

Blinded By Sound and the Concord Music Group have teamed up to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Paul McCartney prize pack.
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Blinded By Sound and the Concord Music Group have teamed up to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Paul McCartney prize pack featuring the two latest releases from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, McCartney and McCartney II, both of which are available in Special and Deluxe Editions on June 14, 2011. Released in 1970, McCartney is Paul's first solo album. Created during the final days of The Beatles, he plays all the instruments on it. The album was #1 on the Billboard Pop charts for 47 weeks and its most notable track is "Maybe I'm Amazed," though

Review: The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass (Legacy Edition)

This Minnesota band worked under the radar and ahead of their time.
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During the '90s as country music was getting a pop polish and alternative rock was becoming mainstream, the Jayhawks were one of the few bands that trafficked in the intersection of that musical Venn diagram, blazing a trail since 1985 with a hybrid sound identified as alt-country. After being in the band for 10 years, co-founder Mark Olson left in 1995 and his partner Gary Louris continued on.  They reunited as a duo in 2005 and toured together.  In 2008, the 1995 Jayhawks lineup performed at a Spain's Azkena Rock Festival.  In 2009, Olson and Louris released the acoustic album

Don't Forget The Raveonettes Release Raven In The Grave on April 5th

"The perfect winter soundtrack just in time for spring".
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The Raveonettes, Danish alt-rock duo Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, are releasing Raven in The Grave on April 5th.  It's the band's fifth full-length album and the third on Vice Records. Wagner revealed in the album's press release that "this is the first Raveonettes album we've done which doesn't feature the signature Raveonettes' surf drumbeat. None of the tunes have any real sunshine to them. It's all very un-Rave." "It has a mood of ethereal defiance," Foo adds. "It's dark but not bleak, like the single-minded determination caused by crisis that is not quite hope but just as powerful.
Supported by an impressive nine-piece band, led on guitar by Jack White, the producer of her new album The Party Ain't Over, and two back-up singers known as her "Cupcakes", Wanda Jackson delighted the sold-out crowd at the El Rey for a little over an hour with a set that revealed the breadth of her career: country, gospel, and of course rockabilly, of which she is considered the Queen.  The set list featured eight songs off the new album and a mix of classic hits.  Although the band slightly overpowered her vocals in the mix on a few occasions, she

Coachella 2011 Line-Up Announced

The music festival season cranks back up in the California desert.
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All right, kids.  Stop the guessing and the Smith-reunion rumors!  The Coachella website is now adorned with this year's poster and the bookers have once again presented a intriguing group of acts that will take place April 15-17 at the Empire Pologrounds. Friday's headliner is Kings of Leon, Saturday's headliner is Arcade Fire, and Sunday lists both The Strokes and Kanye West, who will hopefully go on at the designated time and not have a meltdown like he did at Bonnaroo 2008. Other acts listed on the bill so far include: Friday: The Chemical Brothers, Lauryn Hill, The Black Keys,

Review: Pearl Jam - Live on Ten Legs

It's their anniversary yet the gift is for you.
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Pearl Jam begins the celebration of their 20th anniversary with the compilation album Live on Ten Legs, the title playing off 1998's Live on Two Legs, a previous "official" live album.  The tracks were recorded during world tours occurring between 2003 and 2010 and have been remixed.  Unfortunately for those obsessed with details, they don't identify when and where the songs were performed.  Normally, my preference for a live album is an audio document of a single performance rather than a best-of that allows a band to hide its mistakes, but considering Pearl Jam has improved upon the Grateful Dead