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Robert Kinsler’s Highlights from Coachella

Coachella 2016 provided a number of special and memorable performances at the Empire Polo Club in Indio as it staged its final weekend, April 22-24. Those arriving at Coachella early Friday were treated to one of the fest’s most spirited performances. Congolese troupe Mbongwana Star brought their joyful and otherworldly African rhythm- and vocals-rooted sounds to the Gobi tent…
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Robert Kinsler’s Stagecoach Preview

With two full weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival having just ended, the Empire Polo Club in Indio is now set to host California’s biggest country music event, Stagecoach. The annual festival runs April 29 – May 1, 2016. The three-day festival always draws a diverse lineup of legendary tastemakers and groundbreaking newcomers, and this year is no exception. There are…
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Robert Kinsler’s Music DVD Gift Guide – Part 2

Whether you are looking for that last minute gift for a favorite music fan or simply thinking ahead to how you plan to spend your gift cards, there are a number of new titles now available on DVD and Blu-ray that will satisfy a variety of tastes. Artist: The Who. Title: Live in Hyde Park (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: The Who…
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Robert Kinsler’s Music DVD Gift Guide – Part 1

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to pick up some outstanding music-minded multi-format releases new in 2015. Here are some highly-recommend titles available on DVD and Blu-ray (and in some cases as a multi-format deluxe set). Artist: Rush. Title: R40 Live (Rounder). You might like if you enjoy: Rush. Tell me more: For fans of Rock and…
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Summer is the Time to Read – Book Reviews by Robert Kinsler

With summer in full swing, now is a good chance to spend some quality time reading some great new music books available in stores and online. Title: Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Player Magazine Ever. Authors: Edited by Jim Crockett with Dara Crockett. Publisher: Backbeat Books…
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Robert Kinsler Goes Back In Time with Nils Lofgren, CSN&Y and More

While few artists are truly worth celebrating via expansive collections, new titles taking a detailed look at Nils Lofgren and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are well worth the wait and will definitely please hardcore fans of the influential artists. In addition, an ambitious blues-minded tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival provides an essential listen for fans of the blues and CCR.
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Robert Kinsler’s Music-Minded Gift Guide Part 3

This year has been an especially good one in terms of exciting new DVD releases (most also available on Blu-ray) and album releases. Here is a last-minute roundup of new music-minded gift ideas for the most discerning family members and friends on your holiday list. Title: Psych: The Musical (Universal Studios). You might like if you enjoy: Psych (the popular USA Network comedy drama). Tell me more: Set to air on USA Network as a two-hour special…
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Robert Kinsler’s Music-Minded Gift Guide Part 2

With December’s arrival it’s time to get serious about picking up some outstanding collections for those special and discerning music fans in your life. Here is the second of two special Music-minded Gift Guides showcasing a wide-ranging number of new collections available now. Here are some highly-recommended albums. Artist: Mark Knopfler. Title: Privateering (Verve). You might like if you enjoy: Dire Straits, Nils Lofgren. Tell me more: Bound to rank on…
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Robert Kinsler’s Holiday CD / DVD Gift Guide

With Christmas and Hanukkah rapidly approaching, you’ve come to the right place if you are looking for interesting gift ideas for that favorite music fan. There are more than enough choice releases here to start filling your shopping cart. Let’s kick off with some noteworthy albums and audio box sets. Artists: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Title: Under the Covers, Vol. 3 (Shout! Factory) You might like if you enjoy: R.E.M., The Bangles, The English Beat.Tell me more…
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Music Worth Buying – Kacey Musgraves and Dawes by Robert Kinsler

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we look at: Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves & Stories Don’t End By Dawes.
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New Releases Celebrate Returns From Musical Legends by Robert Kinsler

First ever Blu-ray release featuring Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and a new film looking at the history of The Rolling Stones highlight a roundup of new releases and reissues. Artist: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD). Title: Live – Architecture & Morality & More (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Thomas Dolby. Tell me more…
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New Releases Profile Welcome Returns From Favorite Veterans by Robert Kinsler

After surviving two weekends of Coachella and another weekend at Stagecoach, now might be the perfect time to relax and take in some great musical performances at home. AlanisMorisette2Artist: Alanis Morissette. Title: Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Paula Cole, Garbage. Tell me more: Last week marked the release of singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette’s first live release in a decade. “Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux” (available on DVD, Blu-ray and audio CD) was filmed in high definition in summer 2012 and features …
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Robert Kinsler – My Favorite Albums of 2012

I have always been reluctant to post any so-called “Best Of” album lists. Rather I prefer to title my end-of-year lists “Favorite Albums” since I think that while a certain album might be recognized as significant or essential in any given year it might wear out its welcome in the years ahead. To be honest, I rarely listen to Nirvana’s Nevermind but still love to play Pearl Jam’s timeless Ten and both were released in 1991. The list that follows here is a subjective look at what I like and albums I’m pretty sure will sound great in 2013, 2020 or beyond…
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Robert Kinsler: My Top Albums of 2011

Between now and December 31st, I plan to provide a few lists looking back at my favorite music of 2011. Kicking things off are my top albums
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Genre-Spanning Titles That Rock

Live albums, reissues, an impressive debut and an inspired return from Garbage are among the field of highly-recommended titles that will satisfy music lovers from across the spectrum. Artist: Neil Young + Promise of the Real. Title: Earth (Reprise).You might like if you enjoy: Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Tell me more: Neil Young is truly rock’s most enduring explorer, challenging himself…
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Sixties Sounds Celebrated in the 21st Century

A slew of the Sixties’ most enduring and celebrated rock artists are highlighted via outstanding recent releases, while singer-actress Doris Day’s wonderful 1967 collection “Love Album” has been reissued as a deluxe edition with bonus tracks. Artist: The Monkees. Title: Good Times! (Rhino) You might like if you enjoy: The Monkees, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, XTC. Tell me more: The magic that…
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‘Keeping It Honest’ Spans a Range of New Releases

A number of celebrated, groundbreaking artists are captured at the height of their powers via a slew of outstanding springtime releases. Artist: Santana. Title: Santana IV (Santana IV Records). You might like if you enjoy: Early Santana, War. Tell me more: For the first time since the early 1970s, the original members of Santana reformed to record, the …
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Coachella and Stagecoach Veterans Display Brilliance on New Albums

My recent treks to the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals reminded me yet again about the never-ending joy of musical discovery. In this column I feature the latest albums from several artists I caught in Indio this year, as well as masterworks from Coachella 2012 headliner Radiohead and Stagecoach 2012 standout the Jayhawks.
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Stagecoach Offers Wealth of Americana, Country and Rock Music in Indio, CA

If there was one thread that tied together many of performances that I caught at Stagecoach April 29 – May 1, 2016, it was the spirit of Merle Haggard. While a slew of the performances acknowledged Hag, who passed away April 6, 2016, there was ultimately an even deeper theme of honoring a range of musical heroes and acknowledging the large part that great music plays in the…
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Four Genre-Breaking Artists Shine on New Sets

Four noteworthy ensembles are breaking new ground across a wide range of genres, while a new documentary celebrates the electric guitar. Artist: GoGo Penguin. Title: Man Made Object (Blue Note Records). You might like if you enjoy: Vince Guaraldi Trio, Robert Glasper Trio, Brian Eno. Tell me more: Manchester, UK-based trio GoGo Penguin crafts soundscapes as lush and exciting as any young …
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