Frank Zappa

Music Reviews: Frank Zappa’s Final U.S. Concert, plus Ashley Riley, Richard X. Heyman, Raoul Vignal, and Nefesh Mountain

  Frank Zappa was as prolific as he was idiosyncratic. He checked out of this life early—a victim of cancer at age 52—but before he did, he released some five-dozen albums. Another 40 or so have followed posthumously and there’s no end in sight. The latest entry is a two-CD set that preserves most of […]

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Van Dyke Parks

REVIEW: Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Veronica Valerio: Only In America Solo En America EP

Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Veronica Valerio: Only In America Solo En America EP Famous primarily for being a lyricist for some classic Beach Boys songs (“Heroes & Villains,” “Surf’s Up,” & part of “Sail On Sailor” among so many other songs), Van Dyke subsequently was signed to Warner Brothers & recorded some eccentric, idiosyncratic solo […]

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