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Review: Iggy and The Stooges Drop a Modern Classic with ‘The Stooges Live at Goose Lake’

By AVA LIVERSIDGE One month after the Stooges released an album acclaimed as a brilliant display of rock music, weeks after Iggy Pop was first photographed wearing a dog collar, and years before the band became known as “Iggy Pop and The Stooges,” the group took the stage at Goose Lake International Music Festival in Leoni Township Michigan, not far from their birthplace of Ann … Continue reading Review: Iggy and The Stooges Drop a Modern Classic with ‘The Stooges Live at Goose Lake’

Proud Creature Delivers a Gift to a World Seeking Reflection and Reassurance

By AARON GAGERS Todd Brozman has released a compelling psychedelic jazz-based ambient music collection under the name of Proud Creature. The new EP, Opening Creature is a fascinating journey through a vast range of significant and otherworldly audio experiences. In times like these, when musicians need to make the most of all opportunities, Proud Creature is offering more than music. The interesting and diversified genre … Continue reading Proud Creature Delivers a Gift to a World Seeking Reflection and Reassurance

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Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Among the PBS Great Performances Series

By AARON GAGERS The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Concert and Gala have been filmed and are part of the Great Performances series on PBS. Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel led the 100-year anniversary with an historic Centennial Birthday Celebration last October 24, 2019, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event was held on the day of the orchestra’s first performance 100 years earlier and featured all three living … Continue reading Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Among the PBS Great Performances Series

The Muzik Beat Playlist: Hip Hop, Blues and Pop for The Weekend

By AARON GAGERS The tunes on the Muzik Beat premiere playlist represent those on the way up and veterans whose work defies description. Ranging from hip hop to jazz and pop, our Friday playlist introduces the listener to some of the hot new material coming to market. Aloud: ‘Loving U’s a Beautiful Thing’ Aloud’s new record, Sprezzatura, out on May 8th via Lemon Merchant Records … Continue reading The Muzik Beat Playlist: Hip Hop, Blues and Pop for The Weekend

Derek Brown Goes All Out on Fiftyfifty

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN When I saw Derek Brown back in the good old days when music venues were open – three weeks ago – I was blown away. Not only is he a world-class saxophone player, but he is also a great innovator and performer. He does things with the sax that are seemingly impossible, he does them live without gimmicks or fancy electronics. The … Continue reading Derek Brown Goes All Out on Fiftyfifty

Bif Naked Learns from Relationship for New Track ‘Jim’

By AARON GAGERS Bif Naked has been a mentor and student as she goes through life.  And her learning experiences come from the most unexpected of sources. Her latest teacher is apparently a relationship after which she modeled the song, “Jim,” and with which there’s a powerful new video that illustrates vengeful emotions. In the Doug Fury-directed video, Bif’s character learns that someone whom she … Continue reading Bif Naked Learns from Relationship for New Track ‘Jim’

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Caída Libre: ‘Wait for the Rain’ by Jaramar is a Timeless, Magical Experience

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN I recently attended a live concert by Jaramar, the renowned Mexican vocalist and artist. It was in the home of Mexican singer/songwriter Yanin Saavedra near Guadalajara and I was one of about 35 people listening to a singer who routinely fills venues of thousands.  All but one of the songs was in Spanish, which I am beginning to speak, but not always … Continue reading Caída Libre: ‘Wait for the Rain’ by Jaramar is a Timeless, Magical Experience

Patrick Ames Pays Honor to Gil Scott-Heron with Album ‘Liveness’

By AARON GAGERS You’ve got to dig anybody today who is even aware of the late jazz great Gil Scott-Heron, let alone dedicate music to him. Patrick Ames and his new Liveness album pays honor to Scott-Heron, one of the most underrated and genius musicians of all time. Scott-Heron was a “bluesologist,” in his own words, who rapped forewarningly that “The Revolution Will Not Be … Continue reading Patrick Ames Pays Honor to Gil Scott-Heron with Album ‘Liveness’

For Joan Torres and All Is Fused Band, ‘Finale’ is Only The Beginning in New Sound

By AARON GAGERS It’s easy to understand why Joan Torres calls his band All Is Fused. The latest release, “Finale,” takes a familiar track  and creates fusion in a musically cooperative environment, with many aspects from vastly different genres blending together harmoniously. All too often,  jazz gets the short shrift when it comes to appreciated genres. Like a misunderstood artist, bass-driven non-uniform musical work may … Continue reading For Joan Torres and All Is Fused Band, ‘Finale’ is Only The Beginning in New Sound

‘Moments and Fragments’ a Modern Jazzy Great from Collective Bloomerangs

By AARON GAGERS The gorgeous tones of piano with snare drum and hi hat is a classic sound that forms the basis for so much of the creative work in jazz music today. But the collective known as Bloomerangs takes a familiar sound into new territory with Moments and Fragments. The guitar plays a major role in the music, but Moments and Fragments is the … Continue reading ‘Moments and Fragments’ a Modern Jazzy Great from Collective Bloomerangs