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Candlebox vs. Saving Abel: What's the big indifference?

By Serene Dominic

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Seeing Queen maestro Brian May return to infrared astronomy and complete his Ph.D. thesis on interplanetary dust after 35 years of the music business has bolstered me to return to my abandoned heliostatic theories on pop music and its shrinking impact on our solar system. For years, I've been loath ...[MORE]

Forced exposure: How Ivan Kral's Super 8 home movies at CBGB and Max's Kansas City caught punk rock in its infancy

By Serene Dominic

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Your home movies: Mostly relatives looking stiff as if having trouble making the transition from still photos, waving weakly, waiting for a cue to walk into the shot as unnaturally as possible. Ivan Kral's home movies: Debbie Harry of Blondie on a roof posing for her first publicity shots, the Ramo...[MORE]

Dylan & Springsteen: How 'the spokesman for a generation' and 'the voice of the American working class' really feel about the things you actually care about

By Serene Dominic

Published: 11/4/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Recently, I got a chance to see Bob Dylan bring his "never-ending tour" to a state fair. The real show, however, was watching the simple folk who gorged on Indian fry bread, cotton candy and turkey legs (that were only slightly juicier than a 2-by-4) getting to wander into a Dylan concert ...[MORE]

Read It Out Loud!: It's Kiss Alive! (again) for anyone who's avoided KISS for 35 years because they were too busy reading!

By Serene Dominic

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

If you're old enough to remember the Poni-Tails' 1958 hit, "Born Too Late," then you were born too early to have been in the tank for the KISS Army. There's no place for KISStory among snobs with firsthand recollections of the Beatles — another band with four distinct personalities, ...[MORE]

Sharing 'the' Gloria Jones: By '73 she was a Grammy-nominated hit songwriter with a killer Motown solo album and a loving relationship with Marc Bolan. What happened?

By Serene Dominic

Published: 9/9/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Here's serendipity for you: It was her son Rolan Bolan's fervent desire to see his mom's 36-year-old album Share My Love back in print that led to him to, well, share the album with friends and then see that love returned many times over. The album found the ears of Paul Williams at Reel Records, a ...[MORE]

Blonde devotion: New stateside reissue does right by do-right baby Chris Clark, the white sheep of the Motown family tree

By Serene Dominic

Published: 8/5/2009

Types: Cover Story

If Chris Clark's original releases on the Motown, V.I.P. and Weed labels were issued with the legend "The Sound of Tomorrow's Northern Soul" instead of "The Sound of Young America," and if the price tags accorded to her rare vinyl releases these days were affixed onto shrink wrap...[MORE]

Too soon?: Recalling the 10 times the 'King of Pop' sent unwanted shivers up our spines

By Serene Dominic

Published: 7/8/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

"I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle. I'm not!" President Obama snapped those words at MSNBC's Chuck Todd a few weeks ago concerning the violence in Iran. But, in other world news, the Michael Jackson Death Watch coverage immediately jumped from celebration of the self-appoint...[MORE]

Etta James vs. Sasha Fierce: Who's the tougher diva?: 'At Last,' in honor of Etta’s D-town performance, the ultimate diva catfight. It's claws for concern!

By Serene Dominic

Published: 4/29/2009

Types: Music, Blues

Awwww! We're a nation of apologists all right, saying exactly what's on our minds one minute and then furiously backpedaling the next because someone's feelings got hurt. Foobah! Etta James still has every right to be pissed, getting passed over to perform her signature song, "At Last," at Pre...[MORE]

Rock 'n' roll jobs lost vs. jobs created in the 'New Depression': Who's made lemonade out of lemons and who's just an out-of-work lemonhead

By Serene Dominic

Published: 4/15/2009

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

JANUARY '08 JOBS LOST John Stewart, singer-songwriter and one-time member of the Kingston Trio, dies. The Striped Shirt Manufacturers Union of Newark, N.J., which has kept afloat since the folk boom died by selling the three-quarter length sleeved striped shirts popularized by the Kingston Tr...[MORE]

Let's be Frank: Detroit-raised David DeCosta goes all the way as your surrogate Chairman of the Board

By Serene Dominic

Published: 12/10/2008

Types: Cover Story

No foolin', I've never run into more people worried about being one severance check away from selling apples and pencils on the street. I've even got a right-brained friend who's convinced caramel apples on a pencil could be the impulse item this Christmas. Take that, Billy Bass and Peppermint...[MORE]

(Not) just a juggalo: A, um, thoughtful interview with Violent J of Insane Clown Posse?

By Serene Dominic

Published: 10/29/2008

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Some of you may still be undecided when it comes to the Big Decision '08 — but if the country were voting "yes" or "no" on Proposition Insane Clown Posse, there'd be no fence-straddling whatsoever. If you're for the Delray, Detroit horrorcore hip-hop duo, then you're a juggalo or the fem...[MORE]

The air apparents: How playing an invisible guitar makes you more heroic than Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani combined!

By Serene Dominic

Published: 6/4/2008

Types: Music

Quick, think of an instance where pretending to perform a task has become an art form unto itself. OK, OK, try to not think about the current commander in chief, who’s spent nearly half his two-term presidency taking vacations, clearing brush and playing tennis while the country goes down the shitte...[MORE]

Madonna vs. Mariah ... or all about diva!: With new albums released a week apart, pop's reigning tarts fasten their seat belts for a bumpy night

By Serene Dominic

Published: 5/7/2008

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Every pica of propaganda about Madonna's new album, Hard Candy, like the guilty-as-charged next passage, reminds you that, come August, our former national outrage turns 50. Yow. That's past the age where Sinatra stopped counting on "It Was a Very Good Year." Past the age Anne Archer ceased ge...[MORE]

Anyone can write the Grammys!: Yes, Virginia, writers make the Grammys 'long' and 'boring' and sometimes 'wildly unpredictable'

By Serene Dominic

Published: 2/6/2008

Types: Culture, Media

The striking Writers Guild of America granted special waiver last week for the 50th annual Grammy Award telecast to go on, allowing such "actor" musicians as Justin Timberlake, Tim McGraw, Jon Bon Jovi and Fantasia to cross the picket line. This is probably because none of them have ever been ...[MORE]

December's Chillin': Calendar ghouls concur: 'Tis the season for rock 'n' roll tragedy!

By Serene Dominic

Published: 12/19/2007

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

April may be the cruelest month for taxpayers, but for rockers, the month of purported "peace on earth, goodwill toward man" and the birth of Jesus (the young and hip son of God) also happen to be the goddamned worst month for rock 'n' roll tragedies? Don't believe it? Well, buy yourself a generic c...[MORE]

Van Halen vs. Queens of the Stone Age: Who best captures the concerns of metal’s Cro-Magnon man?

By Serene Dominic

Published: 10/17/2007

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

When making heavy music, nothing complicates matters like having a tiny speck of brainpower to question the accepted traditions. "Ummm, why are we wearing this festive garb again? And how does making these trudging sounds help me get laid?" It's a lot easier, after all, if you just plug in and...[MORE]

50 Cent vs. Kanye West vs. Kenny Chesney: Hip Hop's Twin Towers brawl for 9/11 supremacy, while Chesney tries to prove he's still not gay

By Serene Dominic

Published: 9/26/2007

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

The press is responsible for making up its share of bogus celebrity feuds — Beatles vs. Stones, Sammy Davis Jr. vs. Sandy Duncan, Fall Out Boy vs. Get Up Kids — but this phony three-way smackdown was just handed to us on a silver platter, an indication of just how desperate even platinum a...[MORE]

Too reel for words: Forget Television, Tom Verlaine has some silent movies you ought to see. And hear.

By Serene Dominic

Published: 7/11/2007

Types: Music, Rock/Pop

Rock 'n' roll has produced few mystery men as inscrutable as Tom Verlaine, the guiding light behind the seminal art-punk rock band Television. Early on, CBGBs compatriot Patti Smith sealed his fate as a keeper of secrets in an October 1974 issue of Rock Scene when she wrote that Verlaine's "lo...[MORE]

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