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Koster's Assignment? The Set List for the Queen/Lambert Tour!

 March 13, 2014

As I presciently suggested years ago – the first time I ever saw him, back in the early days of his season of American IdolAdam Lambert has officially joined Queen for a...

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I'll Broker No Dissent: The 6 Best Kayak Ballads! Period.

 February 28, 2014

My pal and colleague Milton Moore has gone wonderfully pyrotechnic on The Day blog section lately with a series of clever and informative think/listen pieces. What's...

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Is It Humanly Possible to Not Like the Beatles? (Or At Least a Few Songs?)

 February 11, 2014

I can’t say I’m surprised by the variety of people from across the universe who contacted me in the wake of the The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute that aired Sunday on the 50th...

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The Truth About the Air-Guitar Peppers and Super Bowl 48

 February 5, 2014

It was Saturday night when the secret green cell phone rang – and only a few select folks have the number. I was asleep but bolted upright and snatched the phone. "Hello?"
I recognized the voice...

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I Actually Watched the Grammys! (Finally)

 January 28, 2014

The bulk of Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony took place after I'd fallen into a stupor – which typically happens each evening around dusk following the pudding course at dinner (and no pudding unless I finish all my

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The Drunkard's Dozen -- Rick Koster's Preferred 11 Albums from 2013

 January 6, 2014

I would like to become one of the very few Professional Writers About Music (PWAM)to suggest that A) Kanye West's Yeezus and B) Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City are not the best records of 2013.

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A Tasty Intro to The 3-Pack

 December 2, 2013

Despite fire codes or even the pure physical limitations of Available Space, it seemed that most if not all of the approximate 28,000 residents of New London happily crammed inside the Six String Café Saturday night to see a fine two-band bill...

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The Difference Between Red and Crimson

 November 25, 2013

Local gal Taylor Swift won four trophies at Sunday's American Music Awards ceremony, which presumably no one in New England watched because the Patriots were engineering one of the truly phenomenal

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Miley and Ingmar? This Could Really Work ...

 November 20, 2013

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Well, I Guess Lou Died

 October 28, 2013

Here I am after all these years, listening to "Sister Ray" for the first time since Lou Reed died.
I've gotta say: it sucks just as much as it always did.
At least...

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Shooting Fish in a Barrel With Rob Sheffield

 June 3, 2013

My question to those solid-disciples-of-journalism over at The New York Times Book Review would be: Why in hell would you assign Rob Sheffield to review a book on progressive rock?

Which...

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It's a Shame About Ray

 May 21, 2013

Given the iconic keyboard work of The Doors' Ray Manzarek, it was probably a bit of a drag that he spent 43 years talking exclusively about Jim Morrison.

Yes, Morrison and his...

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George Jones Stopped Loving Us Today

 April 26, 2013

Hey, George "No Show" Jones: take a closer walk with Thee. You’ve earned it.

Yes: The Ol’ Possum – the greatest...

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