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From Nova Scotia, a proud alum of Altered State University; from Montreal, guitar & sour fiddle; from Nashville, a concept album with its pants down…
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Colson Whitehead, "Harlem Shuffle" (2021, 336 pp.)
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A Ukrainian revolutionary, an always-say-die grouch, a profusion of differently complicated sex lives, and a nuanced trifecta-of-sorts from the world's…
From "The Village Voice," Oct. 22, 1996: "Prog Jungle"
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Spotify praxis, a stupid feud, the greatness of the Funk Brothers, a sense of destiny that comes out in the sound, pop queens filed under 'B,' and…
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Remarks from a 2013 New Music Seminar panel