Album Review: ‘Pop2!’, Dana Countryman

The subtitle for Dana Countryman’s second solo album, “Pop2!”, is “The Exploding Musical Mind of Dana Countryman.” While that may seem a bit self-serving for an album title, it’s apt: Countryman’s mind is exploding with music from the 1960s and 1970s. He seems to have found a formula for the prototypical 70s soft-rock song, and …

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Lesley Gore: 1946-2015

Most of the obituaries for Lesley Gore, who died Feb. 16 at the age of 68, listed “It’s My Party” as the classic teen angst song, long before Taylor Swift or Debbie Gibson tried the same thing. But honestly, I’ve never really paid that much attention to the lyrics outside of the chorus. Ah, the chorus. …

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The Return of the Explorers Club

Winter’s waning, but Jason Brewer of the Explorers Club has a bad cold. His voice is shot, and on the second leg of this two-show tour of the Southeast, he’ll need an interpreter. The interpreter is Wyatt Funderburk, one of the newest members of a revamped Explorers Club that has changed with each album. The …

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Grammy Shmammy 2015

Last night’s Grammy awards show bored many viewers. Maybe it’s because there was very little controversy (Hi, Kanye! You’re back!) and few bizarre performances. It was just a straight-up pop music show, interspersed with Sam Smith and Beck going onstage to accept awards every 15 minutes. Yes, many of the songs performed were low-key, but …

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Happiness on Steroids: ‘I Found Love’, The Free Design

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

Have you ever experienced a perfect day, where the sun is shining, it’s not too hot, and you’re in a field running and laughing, butterflies and flowers all around you, birds landing on your fingers as you sing to them? No? I think the Free Design has. The brother and sister quartet blended unbelievable harmonies …

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‘Champion’, Dave Caruso

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new year and the new musical gems that lay waiting to be heard – whether it’s from some old LP from 1973 or a new song from an obscure indie artist that immediately grabs my attention. We’re just over halfway through January, and I’ve found the first …

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