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George Michael died of natural causes, British coroner says
The singer George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver, a British coroner said Tuesday.
By Jill Lawless
Mar 7, 2017 2:37 PM
Chester native comes home for performance
A Chester native, and accomplished musician and performer, is returning home for a performance today at the Chester Public Library.
By Pete Spitler
Mar 8, 2017 8:37 PM
Du Quoin library hosts entertaining history of Civilian Conservation Corps
Author, storyteller Bill Jamerson will bring the history of the federal works program alive through words and songs at Du Quoin Public Library.
Feb 26, 2017 1:21 PM
George Thorogood keeps the blues rockin' hard
It doesn't matter that George Thorogood and the Destroyers have never cracked the Top 10. Their rock-blues-boogie is instantly recognizable, whether the first sound you hear is the purposely distorted buzz of Thorogood's big Gibson guitar or the nasty, raspy growl of his voice.
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Jul 25, 2016 11:18 AM
Peter Chianca: A very telling 'Story of Star Wars'
If someday, many years in the future, I look back and try to pinpoint the exact moment when I first began my inevitable crawl toward creaky obsolescence, my mind will probably land on that time I spent $15 on a used vinyl copy of the 1977 LP "The Story of Star Wars." This is something I did last week -- even though, like many men in their 40s, the story of Star Wars is already indelibly imprinted on my brain, somewhere alongside the 30-year-old "Weird Al" lyrics and the entire Pinky Tuscadero story arc from "Happy Days." I should start by explaining that "The Story of Star Wars" was an album that truncated the story of the movie -- complete with dialogue, sound effects and portentous narration by Roscoe Lee Browne -- down to two sides of an LP record. I of course had this record, because the three times I had seen "Star Wars" in the theater had proven woefully inadequate in their ability to fulfill my life's goal, which was to experience "Star Wars" as often as possible every day until the universe ended in a spectacular, Death Star-like exploding fireball. If you were a 8-year-old boy in 1977 you know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you weren't you are now probably backing away slooooowly.
By Peter Chianca
Jul 20, 2016 11:14 AM
Duran Duran endures on tour
Before Simon Le Bon became lead singer for the synthpop band Duran Duran in 1980, he had been in a punk band and an electronica band. But Duran Duran was looking for a new frontman, and a friend urged Le Bon, who was training in drama at University of Birmingham at the time, to audition for the spot. He passed that audition, his world was turned upside down, and the rest of the world was introduced to a band that, three-and-a-half decades later, is still creating fresh, innovative, and very danceable music.
Jul 11, 2016 10:49 AM
Peter Chianca: Recent and recommended music albums for June
New music: Leland Sundries, 'music for outcasts' Operating on a broader canvas than their two EPs, and boasting a more alternative feel, Leland Sundries finally gets to stretch on "music for outcasts," and it was worth the wait. They find their inner Clash on guitar-fueled rockers like "Greyhound From Reno," wail through wild psychobilly distortion on "Bad Hair Day" and conjure up what could be a long-lost "Blonde on Blonde" outtake with "Freckle Blues."
Jun 3, 2016 8:57 PM
Neal Simon: Cast your dancing spell my way, Bob Dylan
Someone I love and respect recently commented that Bob Dylan's voice has never sounded better than it does on his new single, "All the Way," the second release from his upcoming album, "Fallen Angels." The track, like all the cuts from his previous disk, "Shadows in the Night," are standards from the Great American Song Book.
May 13, 2016 10:43 AM
Leland Sundries stretches on fine 'music for outcasts'
The worst you can say about Leland Sundries' two EP releases -- 2010's "The Apothecary" and 2012's "The Foundry" -- is that they were frustratingly short (as EPs are wont to be). Thick stews of steampunk Americana that made the most of frontman Nick Loss-Eaton's gnarly rasp, both pointed toward bigger things to come. With "music for outcasts," the band's first full-length album, that bigger thing has arrived, and it was worth the wait.
May 10, 2016 5:27 PM
Radiohead returns with blistering 'Burn the Witch'
If you really weren't paying attention, you might think that Radiohead has gone kind of upbeat on its recent single "Burn the Witch," the band's first new song of its new album, which was released on May 8. Indeed, the fact that the song's music video features "Davey and Goliath"-style animation only heightens that perception. The song leads off with a Doppler pulse of guitar and orchestral strings, contrasted by a low bass. It moves along at a brisk clip, and is kind of catchy. But underneath that pop sensibility is a deadly serious message: "Stay in the shadows," sings frontman Thom Yorke, "Cheer at the gallows/This is a round up/This is a low flying panic attack/Sing a song on the jukebox that goes/Burn the witch/Burn the witch/We know where you live."
Victor D. Infante
May 10, 2016 5:13 PM
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