Aimee Mann @ Webster Hall

MANHATTAN, NY— Aimee Mann has a knack for finding bad relationships. The singer-songwriter strummed out a string of break up songs from her new album, Charmer, and rekindled romances from earlier records in an evocative Webster Hall set.

The sold-out show heavily featured Charmer, Mann’s eighth studio album. …

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Sixto Rodriguez @ Beacon Theatre

MANHATTAN, NY—After 40 years of obscurity, 70-year old Searching For Sugar Man star Sixto Rodriguez returned to play the songs he disappeared with during a sold-out Beacon Theatre show.

The Detroit-born singer-songwriter, likened to Bob Dylan, released two records in the early ‘70s: Coming From Reality and Cold Fact. …

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Lou Gramm @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—Lou Gramm, the original lead singer of Foreigner, showed why he has ruled FM radio for nearly 40 years with a set packed with 13 Top 30 hits at City Winery. Between Foreigner’s 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, and Gramm’s solo career of Top 10 singles, …

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Interview with James “JY” Young from Styx: Rescuing Your Misspent Youth

“All of a sudden we are collectively aware—scientifically, personally and emotionally—that this is a very fragile existence we have and people need to find some comfort,” says James “JY” Young, founding member and guitarist of Styx. And that’s where Young’s bandmates—Tommy Shaw (guitar/vocals), Lawrence Gowan (vocals/keyboard), Todd Sucherman (drums) and …

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Aerosmith @ Madison Square Garden

MANHATTAN, NY—Aerosmith showed how the band just gets better with age during their recent show at Madison Square Garden.

In 42 years, Aerosmith have peaked, declined, and been reborn, selling over 150 million albums worldwide along the way. They’ve done what most bands (or relationships of any kind) can’t seem …

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Hugh Laurie And The Copper Bottom Band @ Grand Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Former House star Hugh Laurie proved he could handle a piano as skillfully as a stethoscope during his recent show at Manhattan’s Grand Ballroom.

Most people aren’t aware that if you strip away his two Golden Globes, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, two Television Critics Association Awards and six …

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Public Image Ltd @ Hammerstein Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—British punk pioneer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) told me in an interview that, “On this planet, we’re all in this together,” and his Public Image Ltd (PiL) show at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 13 was no exception to that philosophy.

After the socially active, former Sex Pistol’s frontman …

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Interview with Ian Hölljes from Delta Rae: Sibling Revelry

When Delta Rae burst into a soaring four-part harmony on “Hey Hey Hey,” legendary A&R man Seymour Stein heard the sweet sound of a record deal. Stein, who signed the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Pretenders, and The Smiths, describes Delta Rae’s music as “Original Americana.” And on their debut album, …

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An Interview with John Lydon from Public Image Ltd: Telling The Truth

“The greatest gift you can give to any other human being is to tell it exactly like it is.” – John Lydon

John Lydon just might be one of the most truthful men in music, as he’s seriously made a living out of being honest. As frontman for the Sex …

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Interview with John McCrea from CAKE: From Scratch

If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself, even if that means doing it without a major record label or a public utility company. With Showroom Of Compassion, CAKE’s new album, founding members vocalist/guitarist John McCrea, trumpet/keyboardist Vince DiFiore and bandmates bassist Gabriel Nelson, guitarist …

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