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George A. Paul’s Stagecoach 2016 Review

Stagecoach pulled back into Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. for its 10th Anniversary on April 29-May 1 and did another great job at showcasing past and present country sounds. Among the top grossing music festivals in the world (cousin Coachella takes the top slot), it featured headliners Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan performing to a sellout crowd of 75,000 daily.
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George A. Paul’s Coachella Festival II 2016 Wrap Up

Before concertgoers from around the world descended upon the California desert near Palm Springs for Coachella II on April 22-24, they received shocking news: Prince had died. Back in 2008, the music superstar co-headlined the festival and set the internet abuzz with a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” during his late night set. Many Prince fans that attended Coachella II wore…
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George A. Paul’s Best Bets for Stagecoach ‘16

The 10th annual Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival boasts another high octane lineup. All the headliners have served that duty in the past. Eric Church (whose “Mr. Misunderstood” was among the best country albums last year) battled heavy winds onstage in 2014; the same year Luke Bryan closed the proceedings. Carrie Underwood’s last appearance at Empire Polo Field…
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George A. Paul’s Best Bets for Coachella 2016

As the first music festival out of the starting block, Coachella always sets the tone for the season. Held at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. (outside of Palm Springs), the event broke ticket sales records again last year, drawing 99,000 attendees over two consecutive sold out three-day weekends. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has gained a reputation…
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NAMM 2016 Wrap-Up by George A. Paul

Each January, music industry professionals from around the world descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California for the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show. It is one of the biggest trade shows in America, with displays of all the latest music gear and technological advancements, performances by rising and established…
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George A. Paul’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

In 2015, many music consumers were busy purchasing or streaming albums by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Maroon 5 (all of which came out the year before) or actually going into stores to buy physical CDs by Adele. The latter’s “25” has already raced past the 7 million mark in just over a month’s time. But several truly daring and original releases came from…
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George A. Paul’s Best Live Albums of 2015

On some live albums, you can tell some studio tinkering was involved after the fact. Then there are others where the raw energy of the concert performance shines through and hasn’t been polished to perfection. Such is the case with my picks for the best of 2015. Neil Finn + Paul Kelly, “Goin’ Your Way” (Omnivore/EMI) – In 2013, two of Australian alt-rock and…
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George A. Paul’s Last Minute Music CD Gift Guide

If you’ve been procrastinating and still need some help on what to get the music enthusiast on your Christmas shopping list, read below for some suggestions. They can probably be found at many major retailers. For fans of The Beatles and their solo work: Artist: Paul McCartney. Titles: “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace” – Deluxe Editions (Concord)…
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Joe Jackson Entertains Riverside, CA

In a career that spans nearly 40 years, Joe Jackson has taken several stylistic detours, encompassing everything from classical, jazz and reggae to new wave, jump blues and beyond. The excellent “Fast Forward,” which came out last October, is the British singer/pianist’s first album to contain all-original material since 2012’s “The Duke” (a tribute to jazz master Ellington).
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Trashcan Sinatras In Concert in San Juan Capistrano

Whenever Trashcan Sinatras unveil a new album and tour America, it’s a special treat. Formed in the late ‘80s, the Scottish band made its initial mark Stateside with the jangly guitar pop of magnificent 1990 debut CD Cake (a Desert Island Disc for this writer), which spawned modern rock hits (“Obscurity Knocks,” “Only Tongue Can Tell”) and was a mainstay at such influential Los Angeles FM…
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Artists Release New Music DVD’s

Shot last October at the ornate Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, the 90-minute concert pairs Mika with a chorale and orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc. Considering the European singer’s theatrical brand of pop, it ends up being a perfect match. During a 10-minute interview included in the DVD’s bonus features section, he says it took eight months…
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Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

In 1977, John Doe co-founded the seminal Los Angeles punk rock band X. The bassist/singer’s new book Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk is more anthology that your average autobiography. It chronicles the early years of the frequently bleak and gritty scene through various contributors who were front and center. A brisk read, the 24 unflinchingly real chapters…
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Keith Urban at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles plays host to musicians big and small via its excellent slate of programs inside the Clive Davis Theater. Yet when the superstars turn up, you can sense a special buzz throughout the facility. That’s what happened on May 10, when Keith Urban…
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Elvis Costello and Larkin Poe in Concert

Elvis Costello sure wastes no time sending fans into a frenzy. On April 5, the British rock veteran opened the 2 hour, 20-minute show at Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center with “Watching the Detectives,” one of his best known tunes and first UK top 20 single in 1977. Strolling out onto the stage with an electric guitar, Costello was shrouded in darkness as he looped the eerie…
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Elvis Costello ‘Detour’ DVD / Blu-ray

There’s been plenty of activity in the Elvis Costello camp lately. During the past year, fans have seen solo and full band world tours, the autobiography Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink and companion CD retrospective, plus vinyl reissues of his early LPs. Another U.S. live jaunt starts in late March. Now comes “Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall,” a stellar new home video…
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Rick Springfield Goes Acoustic in Riverside, CA

Many musicians who found widespread fame in the Eighties are content to rest on their laurels. Not Rick Springfield. He performs constantly (full band gigs at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville are scheduled for Feb. 12-13) and puts out new studio albums every few years (the latest, “Rocket Science,” is due in February). The Aussie pop/rocker has penned an autobiography…
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George A Paul’s Last Minute Music DVD Gift Guide

With only a handful of days left to buy gifts for the music enthusiast on your Christmas list, here are some rock, pop and country DVD title suggestions to help speed up the process. Check Best Buy, Target and Walmart for ship-to-store options. Artist: Lady Antebellum. Title: Wheels Up Tour (Eagle Rock Entertainment). The lowdown: Filmed this past summer at Irvine…
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Cheap Trick in Riverside, CA

On Dec. 16, the night before being announced as a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Cheap Trick performed to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif. (located 60 miles east of Los Angeles). The veteran Rockford, Illinois band delivered a rousing 95-minute, 19-song set that primarily concentrated on their platinum-selling late ‘70s LPs.
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Difford and Tilbrook of Squeeze in Anaheim

Over the course of a 30-year career that dates back to the mid-1970s, Squeeze has often been called Beatlesque thanks to the exquisite songcraft of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. And when the pair appeared onstage Nov. 13 at City National Grove of Anaheim, The Fab Four’s “A Day in the Life” immediately came to mind.
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The Mavericks in Concert – Highland, CA 

Whenever Raul Malo decides to cover a well-known ballad on an album or in concert, it often becomes more romantic or heartbreaking in the singer/guitarist’s hands. Rogers & Hart’s old pop standard “Blue Moon,” which The Mavericks contributed to the Apollo 13 film soundtrack in 1995, was a prime example.
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