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Selfish, Selfish, Selfish

With the recent discovery of seven letters in an attic in Litchard, Massachusetts, we are able to significantly advance the scholarship concerning the early relationship between the author Robinson Day (who wrote the seven letters) and the poet Mary Irwin (who received them and, it appears, secreted them in a shoe box, which was in […]

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At the Limits of Libido

THE PRETENDERS METRO, JUNE 2 If punk was the asteroid that snuffed the dinosaurs of 70s rock, new wave was the breed that evolved in the aftermath. The bands that opened the door punk slammed shut were faster, smarter, and tougher than their bloated predecessors–velociraptors running over brontosaurs and stegosaurs–and the Pretenders, led by American […]

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Van Alive

VAN MORRISON A NIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO (POLYDOR) As front man for mid-60s British invaders Them, Van Morrison was a powerhouse vocalist of the first rank, miles beyond plodders like the Yardbirds’ Keith Relf and callow R & B mimics like the young Mick Jagger. In fact, only Stevie Winwood and Eric Burdon could match […]

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Getting Nailed

NINE INCH NAILS RIVIERA, MAY 7 What came to be called industrial music took shape in the late 80s, ushered in by a handful of postpunk avant-noise bands like Throbbing Gristle, Chrome, and Cabaret Voltaire. Less a school than a style, and heavily weighted toward the tougher end of the dance world, industrial interlaced machine […]

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Warren Zevon straight

Fifteen years ago Warren Zevon was the most daring and brilliant of a crop of talented west coast singer-songwriters that included Jackson Browne and the Eagles, among others. The Zevon of those years combined a macabre, surreal comic sense (“Werewolves of London,” “Excitable Boy”) with a penchant for tender sentimentality (“Hasten Down the Wind,” “Accidentally […]