Bryan McPherson Show Review
Jul19

Bryan McPherson Show Review

Bryan McPherson Show Review By Harriet Kaplan Nothing could replace the urgency, immediacy and impact of having an artist perform their music right in front of an audience at a record store. Scheduled to originally perform at Boardners in Hollywood, CA, Bryan McPherson’s show was cancelled due to a pay-to-play policy that he swiftly denounced on his official Facebook page. So other arrangements were made. Instead, Vacation Vinyl...

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Things this good shouldn’t be free: Wilco is as good as ever on ‘Star Wars’
Jul18

Things this good shouldn’t be free: Wilco is as good as ever on ‘Star Wars’

Wilco – Star Wars By Jon Hersh I first heard Wilco on the short-lived HBO series Reverb, which pumped live bands direct to your suburban home every Friday night, no fake ID required. Wilco’s live show was recorded in 1997, three years after starting as a band, and their performance was shaky and wild and their songs were amazing. I remembered none of this. I remembered the deli tray. At some point in their set, the band...

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Never stop working, dreaming – my time has come now
Jul17

Never stop working, dreaming – my time has come now

Stefano Langone By Harriet Kaplan American Idol alum Stefano Langone gained massive national and global exposure as a finalist on Season 10 of the show where he won millions of fans with his soulful vocal style and self assured but likable and engaging personality. Following that time in the spotlight, the talented Langone has performed on various projects, made several television show appearances and wrote and recorded his own...

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Som Records
Jul17

Som Records

Som Records By Serenat Kivilcim In the mood for some nostalgic funk? Venture on over to Som Records on 14th street in Washington, DC, where you’ll find a friendly staff and a ridiculously big and eclectic collection of some of the most classic records ever made. The rustic atmosphere will surely satisfy your craving for vinyl and reinforce your love of classic material. Feel free to dig through their extensive and well-organized...

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Jaill – Brain Cream
Jul16

Jaill – Brain Cream

Jaill is scrappy. Jaill is a belligerent zombie pet that won’t let dying get it down, with a different bone in its body for a myriad of decades and a multitude of genres. A (now) four piece born of Milwaukee yore that has undergone multiple line-ups and a label or two, with Vincent Kircher at the center and a penchant for dark lyrics layered across deceptively catchy tunes. After self recording There’s No Sky (Oh My My) in...

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