Darren’s Great Unknowns

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Great Unknowns: Off Broadway

This column is dedicated to featuring those bands that aren’t household names but, to my ears, should be. Growing up in a small town...

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springsteen circa ’81

In 1975, music critic Jon Landau, having seen Springsteen’s performance at the Harvard Square Theater, wrote the immortal words,...

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the knack at carnegie hall

From the moment I heard Bruce Gary’s infectious drum beat on the intro to “My Sharona”, I was hooked. I had never heard...

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Amy Winehouse BBC Sessions

One of the most dramatic success stories of 2007 is Amy Winehouse, who first captivated us with her stunningly retro hit,...

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Boston – alternate "Boston"

I was such a wee lad when the first Boston album came out in 1976 that I remember little else from the time, but I distinctly remember how...

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Snow Patrol – Alternate Eyes Open

I dig Snow Patrol. There, I said it. I liked Snow Patrol back when they were just an Irish band getting some BBC airplay for their first...

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Alternate Beatles: Help! and Abbey Road era

The Beatles were my first love, musically. I remember being a young kid and having my uncle play me a copy of “Help!”. I...

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part two: cheap trick live ’79 (l.a. forum)

In our second installment of tracks from Cheap Trick’s legendary New Year’s Eve show at L.A.’s Forum, we’re going...

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cheap trick live at l.a. forum new year’s eve 1979

On New Year’s Eve 1979, Cheap Trick, riding a crest of massive international success via the multi-platinum At Budokan record (and...

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Boots Week: Cheap Trick Germany ’83

In trying to figure out which Trick tracks to make available this week, I figured I’d showcase a particular show that included some...

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Boots Week: Van Halen circa ’77

While the chances of ever seeing the original VH line-up put aside their egos and assorted differences are beyond slim, it is impossible to...

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Coming In April: Jason Falkner "Everyone Says Its On"

All 24 tracks from this Japan-only release will be available to CHARITY SLICE readers. Stay tuned....

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Urgh! A Music War

1981 may not seem to be the most memorable year in rock history, but, in hindsight, the ratio of great bands all occupying the Earth at the...

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The Cult 2006 Tour mp3’s

I’ll never forget first hearing The Cult’s UK “Revolution” EP. I was instantly transfixed by the regal, yet organic...

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Butch Walker: Walker Comes Alive!

We all have our guilty pleasures, right? I know a guy in a death metal band who is a huge Carpenters fan. I like my 80’s music...

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Cheap Trick: In Color V2.0 extended

Due to popular demand, the 2003 In Color tracks are being made available through March to all DONATE TO CHARITY SLICE readers. To sweeten...

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Hey Album! V1.0

For those not in the know, before Butch Walker was the producer de jour that he is these days (producing and co-writing with artists from...

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In Color, Version 2.0

In homage to the band who penned the song from which this blog takes its name, we are making available the rough mixes of Cheap...