David Amram, who will perform at the Neal Cassady birthday tonight at the Mercury Cafe and tomorrow night at Dazzle, shared a close connection with Cassady, Jack Kerouac and other Beats, while also being a jazz musician who collaborated with Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford.
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People who grew up in a certain time can almost plot their pasts in terms of the pictures in Henry Luce's LIFE Magazine: Long before there was an internet, with its constant bombardment of instantaneous imagery, the photojournalism tableau that was LIFE was packed with the stuff of memories ... More >>
Hours after dissing Twitter in a freestyle at Facebook HQ, Kanye West became a part of the Twitterverse, joining ranks of millions of other users of the micro-blogging service. Since then, he's already produced nearly a hundred tweets, ranging from the inane to, well, the really inane. He's a ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about,
listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and
other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The
pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation.
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Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim probably didn't have a literary reading in mind when they wrote "Cool" for West Side Story. But I can't help hearing those high-tension lyrics in my head -- Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it. Turn off the juice, boy! -- when I imagine what things will be ... More >>