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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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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 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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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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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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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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Doheny Blues Festival Review

When the 18th edition of the Doheny Blues Festival began on Saturday, many people were compelled to pay tribute to the late B.B. King – who had performed at the Dana Point event three times in the past – in various ways. Some wore the legendary bluesman’s t-shirts, bought his CDs from an on site music vendor and rushed to sign walls in King’s honor.
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Stagecoach Festival 2015 Review

Stagecoach always books the biggest names in country music as headliners, but the undercard acts often steal the show. Such was the case at last weekend’s sold out festival in Indio, Calif., where The Lone Bellow, John & Jacob, Nikki Lane, Lindi Ortega and Lydia Loveless all delivered strong performances. Meanwhile, legends like Mac Davis, Eric Burdon…
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Coachella Festival 2 Review

During Steely Dan’s set at Coachella 2 last Friday night, guitarist/singer Walter Becker said, “There’s no such thing as old fogeys music – just good music,” to loud cheers. That was a slight dig at detractors who scoffed when the veteran jazz / rock band, along with AC/DC, were first announced for the Coachella Valley Music
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Coachella 2015 Preview

The 16th edition of Coachella launches this weekend and simultaneously kicks off America’s major music festival season. Having attended the first one in 1999 – when Beck, Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Moby, Rage Against the Machine, Tool topped the bill – I’ve been amazed at how much the event has grown in stature over the intervening years.
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NAMM 2015 Roundup

The NAMM Show returned to the Anaheim Convention Center last week and was bigger than ever. Held annually in Southern California, the National Association of Music Merchandisers event drew a record 99,342 registrants and 1,621 exhibiting companies (a six percent increase over 2014) from around the world. There’s such a dizzying amount…
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