Mark Bliesener

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  • 4 years ago | Music History

    Behold, Untold Stories, another new periodic feature on Backbeat. As you've probably deduced from the name of this feature, Untold Stories will feature first-hand accounts of momentous occasions involving local folks that have never really been hi...

  • 7 years ago | Music News

    Duffy is like a kinder, gentler Amy Winehouse: Her blond hair, English-rose complexion and the lack of any real edge to her music ensures marketability. Witness the use of "Mercy," her international smash, in numerous commercials prior to her debu...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Don't be fooled by Amy Winehouse's boozy-beehive, tabloid-fodder image. This gum-popping Londoner has the talent and substance necessary to back the substantial hype. With vocals that ooze a seductive combination of confidence, innocence and sleaz...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Love is yet another attempt to entice consumers into repurchasing repackaged Beatles music they already own in various formats. The 26-track disc was mashed up in a massive 5.1 mix specifically designed for the custom-built surround-sound theater ...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    After years spent supplying noisy guitar hooks to Blur in a vain attempt to steer the band toward an aesthetic more akin to Pavement than Brit pop -- releasing three reckless, barely listenable solo discs and distancing himself from his previous b...


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