Album Review: ‘Good Times,’ The Monkees

It’s been 50 years since the Monkees arrived as a tongue-in-cheek copy of the Beatles, with their own television show and “A Hard Days Night” pastiche making them an overnight success. But despite the group getting most of their songs from other songwriters, people discovered that this was more than just a novelty group, and …

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Album Review: ‘Together’, The Explorers Club

It would be easy to pigeon-hole The Explorers Club as a Beach Boys sound-alike band. Their sing-along melodies, gorgeous layered harmonies and lyrics all recall the Beach Boys. But they’ve always managed to put their own fingerprint on their music so that they don’t sound like a tribute band. It’s a sound that recalls the Beach …

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‘Pet Sounds’: 50 Years Later

It’s been 50 years since Brian Wilson unleashed Pet Sounds on the public. And it’s still causing waves today as to its merits. Just recently “comic” (and I use the term loosely) Jay Mohr tweeted, “Let’s all stop pretending ‘Pet Sounds’ by the Beach Boys is anything other than goat vomit terrible.” Yes, there are …

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