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Music Interviews
4:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Paul Thorn: Music From The Margins

Paul Thorn's new, all-covers album is called What the Hell Is Goin' On?
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 6:19 pm

Before Paul Thorn made his living as a singer, he was a professional boxer. He also spent 12 years working at a furniture factory in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss.

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Monkey See
4:17 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

10 Things I Hate About 'American Idol' (Besides The Singing And The Judging)

Oh, get on with it: Ryan Seacrest's increasingly elaborate fake-outs when he's delivering results is just one of the most irritating things about the current season of American Idol.
  1. Ryan Seacrest's double/triple/quadruple fakeouts. Our host used to screw with the contestants by teasing the results before throwing to a guest performance or commercial. Now he gives those results using sentences so convoluted, with so many double-backs and twist-arounds, that you need a white board to diagram them and unpack their actual meaning. Frustrating the singers, yes. Confusing them entirely, no.
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The Thistle and Shamrock
3:49 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Beltane Bash

A member of the Beltane Fire Society is seen celebrating the coming of summer on April 30, 2006, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The procession is a revival of the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 10:12 am

The ancient year marked seasonal changes with special festivals and rituals. Beltane, one of four quarter-day festivals, is recreated today in the modern Scottish capital with festivities to re-establish Edinburgh residents' links with the natural year. Join in our celebration with a Beltane-themed hour of music.

Live in Concert
2:25 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Spiritualized In Concert

J. Spaceman performs during Spiritualized set at The 9:30 Club on Thursday, May 10.
Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:07 pm

Rock 'n' roll is most often the stuff of youth and vitality — of desire, of frustration, of love and lust and other ephemeral concerns. Spiritualized singer Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman) knows his way around music's role in such hedonistic pursuits, but his work also reflects an acute understanding of mortality, loss and the desire to lean on a force greater than oneself.

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A Blog Supreme
1:59 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOOD

Sean Berrigan

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:58 pm

Hello, fans of the Toronto band BADBADNOTGOOD. Thanks for stopping by, truly. I'm delighted that somebody turned you on to the joys of improvised instrumental music; as you can see, it's an experience like none other.

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