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The Critical Mass

“Take your broken heart and turn it into art” Maybe I’m the wrong guy to comment on this weekend’s Golden Globes, because one of the things I used to do for a living was watch the various entertainment awards shows – usually The Grammys or The MTV Video Music Awards – and ruthlessly mock them. […]

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I listened to 30,000 albums It used to be said that 30,000 albums are released each year. I’m not sure if that was ever true, and it most likely isn’t true today: Many different internet-driven platforms, independent of record labels, are available for musicians get their work out to the world. Who can evaluate more […]

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Watkins says what we’re all thinking this holiday season It was clear during last Monday night’s Watkins & the Rapiers show at The Little Theater Café that something was up. While keeping its infamously loose, intra-band banter intact, the group seemed a little musically tighter, a little more focused, than usual. In fact, the show […]

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The World Doesn’t Owe You Anything With decisions come consequences. That was the theme running through my head while lying awake in bed at 3 a.m. Wednesday. The gray-matter residue from a couple of Tuesday night’s entertainments. It started at The Little theater with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A murder mystery that doesn’t give […]

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  The Persistence of Memory Connie Deming was playing at the Little Café Saturday night when a stranger came up to me. “I loved your stuff,” he said, and handed me a glass of wine. That’s been happening a lot since I got laid off by the local newspaper on Sept. 16. It seems like half […]

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  Prog rock is crushed beneath the pendulum The challenge came via Facebook from My Friend Patrick. “Jeff Spevak, what say you?” Followed by a link to The Atlantic magazine, and contributing editor James Parker’s review of David Weigel’s book The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock. The headline: “The […]

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People. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.   People. Meh… Crowds, that was the word for the weekend. I needed some new black jeans for Saturday night’s show, “What If Everyone In Rochester Wrote the Same Song?” So Friday afternoon, clutching 10- and 20-percent off Veterans Day coupons in hand, I drove over […]

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“How Did We Get Here?” gets to the big stage What If Everyone In Rochester Wrote the Same Song? It’s gone from an amusing, backroom challenge among a handful of local singer-songwriters at the Flipside Bar and Grill’s open mic night to sold-out shows at the Fringe Festival to, this Saturday, the big stage at […]

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Truth and beauty: Hurricanes and other blowhards is why we need the arts It’s been a month since the nightmare in Las Vegas. A month since Puerto Rico was flattened by a hurricane, and still more than 70 percent of the island is without power. Three weeks since the story broke that Harvey Weinstein, perhaps […]

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Bat’s advice on life from a Tennessee mountaintop: Keep it simple Bat McGrath is coming back to Rochester, with a gig Friday at The Little Theatre. I can use a little Bat right now. The signs are all around me. Yesterday, with my hands full of coffee cups and jackets, I put a set of keys […]

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