Suburban Metal Dad #444. “The B.F.C. 2015″

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Exit Lines: Bard Games

It’s that time of the year again here in New York–Shakespeare in the Park time, so get on line early in Central Park, pack a picnic lunch after you’ve obtained your tickets (you can get good sandwiches at the Delacorte before ...

Suburban Metal Dad #442. “Wishing Well 2″

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Soul Serenade: The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack”

Last week’s Soul Serenade column was #260 in this series. That’s right, I’ve been writing the column for five years now and what an education it’s been. I was going to make a big deal of the anniversary but somehow I ...

Suburban Metal Dad #441. “Safe Word”

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Exit Lines: Last Call

After the Tony Awards, comes the reckoning, as fading shows that came away empty-handed fold up their tents. Thank heaven for little girls? In the case of Gigi, with High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, the answer would be “no.” ...

Suburban Metal Dad #440. “Wishing Well 1″

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Suburban Metal Dad #438. “Art 3″

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No Concessions: “Love & Mercy”

1988’s Brian Wilson is one of my very favorite albums. Around the time of its release, I read in Rolling Stone or Variety or maybe both that a biopic was in the works, with William Hurt as Wilson, who had come ...

Soul Serenade: Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

If you look up R&B in the dictionary there should be a picture of today’s record because the record pretty much defines R&B. It is a slab of southern soul sung by a great singer, played by storied musicians, and ...

Exit Lines: “The Spoils”

When you’ve seen a show, and afterwards you obsess about punching its playwright and star in the mouth–well, something has gone wrong. Or, maybe, that’s what its playwright and star wants you to obsess about. He pretty much says as much ...

Suburban Metal Dad #436. “Comics Novels”

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Soul Serenade: B.B. King, ‘Worried Life”

All of the Kings of the blues guitar are gone now. We lost Freddie King back in 1976, and then Albert King in 1992. The most renowned member of this esteemed trio left us on May 14 when B.B. King ...

Suburban Metal Dad #435. “Foodie”

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Soul Serenade: Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”

We lost another King last week. While we were still grieving the loss of Ben E. King, the news came that B.B. King had passed away. B.B. was one of those people who seemed as if they were always a ...

No Concessions: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Mad Max: Fury Road is, among other positives, a time machine for film critics of a certain age. A few minutes in and I was back in front of HBO circa 1980 watching the original Max Max (1979), probably for the ...

Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

When Rare Earth decided to cover “Get Ready” they weren’t fooling around. In fact, their version of the Temptations classic ran to over 21 minutes in length. There was a good reason for this extravagance however. The band simply didn’t ...

Suburban Metal Dad #430. “Flashback III”

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Soul Serenade: Ben E. King, “I (Who Have Nothing)”

It’s been almost five years since I last wrote about Ben E. King. At that time I featured an early classic of his solo career, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied).” It was one of the first records I ever ...