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Mighty Like Some Prose

Kenny Roby’s first album in seven years is one of 2013’s best

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After Six String Drag in the ’90s and some fairly low-profile solo LPs, singer/songwriter Kenny Roby tops it all with Memories & Birds.  

The ‘Peace’ Maker

How one classic song bankrolled much of Nick Lowe’s amazing career

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A cover of “Peace, Love, and Understanding” on The Bodyguard soundtrack has given British songwriting legend Nick Lowe the freedom to do things his way.  
by Mike Breen 02.24.2012
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This Date in Music History: Feb. 24

Grammys over the years and George Harrison's guitar collection? Now there's an app for that

There have been several Grammy Awards held on this date. Here are a few highlights from three random Feb. 24 ceremonies:1982's 24th Grammy Awards were big for Kim Carnes' one-hit-wonderful "Bette Davis Eyes," which won the Record and Song of the Year trophies. John Lennon won Album of the Year posthumously for Double Fantasy. Fun ones: Orson Welles won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording (?) for the radio version of Curt Siodmak's novel, Donovan's Brain; Sheena Easton was Best New Artist; and former knit-capped member of The Monkees, Michael Nesmith, won Video of the Year for Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts, a collection of music videos and comedy sketches that helped further set the table for the creation of MTV. Watch Nesmith put his madcap Monkee skills to work all those years later:At 1993's 35th Grammys, the big theme was death. Eric Clapton won the big three categories with his Unplugged album and "Tears in Heaven," a song for his late son. Celine Dion won Song and Record trophies for her ditty from a movie about one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history. Rap was more comfy in its role as a Grammys insider. Some might say Arrested Development (Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group) was a safe act to hitch its wagon on, but Sir Mix-a-Lot won Rap Solo for "Baby Got Back." You know those Recording Academy voters — they're all about the African garb, conscious lyrics and slammin' booties. Arrested Development are still going. Here's a performance for paste from a few years ago:Lauryn Hill was the big story of the 41st Grammys, held this day in 1999. She pulled a rare Best New Artist/Album of the Year coup, and won three more, all for her stunning debut LP. Dance music-to-Pop producer David Morales scored the excessively titled Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical (no Classical Remixers made the cut). And Elvis Costello won a Grammy for his Burt Bacharach collaboration, "I Still Have That Other Girl." Here's Elvis with a different duet partner, trusty sidekick Steve Nieve. Click the jump for "Born This Day" featuring George Harrison's new iPad app.

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A Sound Rotation

Songs we want to see on Elvis Costello’s Spectacular Spinning Songbook

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
When Elvis Costello and the Imposters take the Taft Theatre stage Monday night, they’ll be toting — and touting — the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, a carnival-size, Roulette Wheel-like prop listing the titles of 40 of the hundreds of songs Costello has recorded and performed in his 30-plus years in music. Hits, obscurities, covers — anything is game. Audience members take the stage one at a time, give a spin and the band plays whatever song the wheel randomly selects.  

Elvis Costello: National Ransom

[Hear Music Records]

0 Comments · Thursday, December 9, 2010
Elvis Costello's greatest quality is his unerring ability to shift sonic directions like he's changing from a thrift store overcoat to a Saville Row dinner jacket without compromising his artistic vision or his core creative philosophy. 'National Ransom' comes just two years after the Jenny Lewis-inspired racket on the patently excellent 'Momofuku' and a year after the mesmerizing 'Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.'  

Elvis Costello, The Greenhornes, Rory Gallagher, Kanye West and new Jimi Hendrix

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
It's been a while, boys and girls. Sorry for going dark — it's been a wild November, what with the mid-term elections, a trip to Michigan and the excellent Music CEAs event. Let's check out new releases from Elvis Costello, The Greenhornes, Rory Gallagher, Kanye West, Jimi Hendrix, The Russian Futurists and The Sights.  

Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes

Aug. 27 • Fraze Pavilion

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Elvis Costello's career has spanned across four decades and probably quadruple that many genres. His latest project is an acoustic Bluegrass/Country-tinged album, 'Secret, Profane and Sugarcane,' which — to absolutely no one's surprise — is another fantastic piece of work. Cut in Nashville with T Bone Burnett in just three days, EC is joined by an all-star team of Bluegrass and Country players, including Jerry Douglas and Stuart Duncan.  

Ryan Bingham, Iggy Pop, Daddy, Elvis Costello and More

0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2009
Another crazy week in Bakerville, and it's only going to get more hectic as the weeks proceed. My daughter's last day of school is next Thursday and, once she's home for the summer, my daily schedule gets slightly more complicated. But I'm excited to check out new CDs from Ryan Bingham, Iggy Pop, Daddy, Elvis Costello and Mark Everett and Eels.  

Sundance, The Boss and Phish

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Musicians getting into acting is always a sketchy proposition (the opposite is also true: Joaquin Phoenix, please give up Hip Hop and go back to film immediately). But who would have thought that a musician becoming a talk show host would turn out so wonderfully? Elvis Costello's new talk/variety show 'Spectacle' is a fascinating slice of television airing now on the Sundance Channel (cable subscribers without Sundance can find episodes on their 'On Demand' services).