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It is 1984, in an eighth grade typing class in rural New Hope, Pa. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman are ignoring the lesson, preferring instead to reflect upon the inherent merits of the Beatles, Prince and Syd Barrett. This discussion later results in...
Pop & HissWell, Phish fans, we were all wrong. At least the five dozen of us who ventured guesses about which musical âmaskâ the Vermont jam band would don for Halloween, in response to guitarist Trey Anastasioâs recent comments to Pop &......
Pop & HissIn 1970, Linda Perhacs recorded “Parallelograms,” her lone album, which builds to mystical heights on the breathtaking title song, a concentric suite of multi-tracked vocals, finger-picked guitar and a big rupturing maw of a freak-out, all...
Pop & HissDon Van Vliet, best known in rock circles as Captain Beefheart but also an accomplished visual artist, turns 70 years old on Jan. 15, and to celebrate the legendary iconoclastic artist's art and influence, former Magic Band guitarist Gary Lucas......
Pop & HissAmong the bits of advice that Don Van Vliet, in the guise of his musical alter ego, Captain Beefheart, listed in a 1996 musical primer called âCaptain Beefheartâs 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing,â is this, number 1: âListen to the......
Pop & HissJohn Lennon isnât the only rock star with a 70th birthday in 2010. Frank Zappa would have hit 7-0 today, Dec. 21, and to mark the occasion his estate has assembled a birthday bundle of a dozen recordings that is......
Pop & HissIn a list that's bound to spark debate among Jews and Gentiles alike, Tablet magazine commissioned writers-scholars Jody Rosen and Ari Y. Kelman to compile their list of the 100 greatest Jewish songs of all time. It's a Sisysphean task,......
Brand XHere's one New Year's resolution you can keep: get guitar lessons from a rock god. Boston's Berklee College of Music , whose alumni range from Bill Frissell to John Mayer, is offering a new online course through its Berkleemusic continuing education...
All The RageFramed by a backlit photo of the full moon hanging on the horizon at both ends of the runway, and accompanied by a soundtrack that began and ended with the strains of space rock pioneers Pink Floyd, Paul Smith sent......
Opinion L.A.Of all the minor irritants I encounter about life in Los Angeles -- and you have your list too -- one of mine has been remedied. Childrens Hospital is going grammatical. That has been its legal name since it was......
Steve Goldstein knows where all the famous bodies are buried. By day, he's a businessman who owns a payroll service. But in his off hours, he's one of Hollywood's best-known grave hunters. Author of "LA's Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P" and...
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