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Jon Shain and his Trio will be performing this evening (Saturday, July 17) at The Soul Cafe in Durham, NC, together with Washington, DC’s The Grandsons and Pat Wictor. The Soul Cafe is an alcohol-free venue near Durham’s Brightleaf Square. Sadly, I’m out of town and can’t attend – but you should. Click here for…

Something about Sunday mornings leads me to really enjoy listening to folk and other acoustic music. These guys ended up being electric, though. The Byrds were a Los Angeles-based group that grew out of the folk music scene in 1964. The original line-up was Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke.…

I want to get this quick shout-out for local hero, blogger, musician, and all around too-cool Princess Ojiaku before her band, Pink Flag, plays tonight at 10 pm in Durham, NC, at The Broad Street Cafe. From their website, “They’re a regular three girl rhumba dancing on the common ground of a love of early…

Tsuken gets his Ash Customworks guitar

The Australian psychiatrist, musician, amateur astronomer, daddy, and blogger Tsuken just sent out word that his custom electric guitar has arrived from New Zealand luthier, Adrian Hamilton, at Ash Custom Works in Auckland. At his blog, Music, Medicine, and the Mind, our giddy colleague writes: Oh. Baby. Yeah. I’m here today to tell you: there…

More of The Knack

Following this weekend’s loss of musician Doug Fieger, I’m going through some YouTube vids and found two of my favorites from the less-appreciated 2nd album by The Knack, “But the Little Girls Understand.” “I Want Ya” was the second cut – just a bunch of simple chords but Bruce Gary’s drumming is even better than…

I was an angry 14- or 15-year-old in late 1978 or early 1979 – can’t recall which year, but definitely angry – walking home on a Sunday night after a dishwasher shift at Grandma’s Saucy Apron, a now-defunct Italian restaurant in my hometown where I was working to make money for a Spanish National Honor…

With all the technopop, hip-hop, sampling, and all kind of nonsense in music today, it’s always refreshing to see an incredible songwriter kick total and complete ass with just a glorified wooden box, some steel strings, and her/his own voice. This is Lake Claire/Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins singing perhaps his biggest hit, “Lullaby (Rock-A-Bye)” in…

Audio documentarian, local hero, and Pharmboy family friend, Richard Ziglar, let us know over the weekend of some employment opportunities for music and tech-minded folks at Zenph Studios in Research Triangle Park. What is Zenph, you ask? Zenph takes classic piano recordings, often from long-departed performers, dissects them digitally to capture nuances of the live…

At the recent U2 Academic Conference, I had the opportunity to be at the local premiere of It Might Get Loud, a much-more-than documentary of the electric guitar as told through the careers of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2′s The Edge, and Jack White of The White Stripes and Raconteurs. For the record, I thought…

Science journalist, Steve Silberman, just brought to my attention that Rob Walker at The New York Times wrote an article that last week on the method behind Pandora online radio. The article, The Sound Decoders at Pandora, made me go back through my archives to my own visit three years ago with Pandora founder, Tim…