Morgan Wallen

Loose Ends: Morgan Wallen

Editor’s Note: For this week’s essay, I’ll start by violating two basic rules of journalism: “Don’t use an expletive” and “Never end a sentence in a preposition.” It seems like winter is a good opportunity for Morgan Wallen to stir up some shit. And he seems to have plenty of sticks to choose from. In […]

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David Bowie

Music Reviews: David Bowie’s ‘Brilliant Adventure’ Plus Elvis Costello’s ‘The Boy Named If’

Music Reviews: David Bowie’s ‘Brilliant Adventure’ Plus Elvis Costello’s ‘The Boy Named If’ Shortly before cancer ended David Bowie’s life in 2016, his record company began issuing a series of box sets that deliver remasters of his studio albums alongside previously unreleased concert and studio material. First came Five Years (1969–1973), then Who Can I […]

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Alan Freed

Music Reviews: Alan Freed’s Radio Shows, Eliza Gilkyson, Mickey & Sylvia, and Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky

Music Reviews: Alan Freed’s Radio Shows, Eliza Gilkyson, Mickey & Sylvia, and Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky  A Musical Time Machine Imagine being able to go back in time and listen in on legendary disc jockey Alan Freed’s early- and mid-fifties rock and roll radio shows on Cleveland’s WJW and New York’s WINS. That’s essentially […]

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200 Motels Frank Zappa

Music Reviews: A 50th-Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ plus Jeff Tweedy’s ‘Chelsea Walls’ soundtrack and Josh Caterer’s ‘Space Sessions

Music Reviews: A 50th-Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ plus Jeff Tweedy’s ‘Chelsea Walls’ soundtrack and Josh Caterer’s ‘Space Sessions’   Lots of craziness went down in the arts in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but it’s hard to think of anything much crazier than Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, a film that first […]

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