Suburban Metal Dad #413. “Parenting III”

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Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Don Covay left us recently. He left behind a splendid resume that reflected his work as a singer and songwriter. Covay never allowed himself to be pigeonholed into one genre or another. His music reached out to fans of soul, R&B, and ...

Suburban Metal Dad #412. “Parenting II”

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Soul Serenade: Garland Green, “Jealous Kind Of Fella”

Popular songs are a funny thing. What is it that makes some hit songs live on forever, while others are forgotten with the passage of time? Is there something in the melody or lyrics that give a song its staying power? I ...

Suburban Metal Dad #409. “History Repeating”

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Suburban Metal Dad #407. “Snowman.”

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Soul Serenade: The Valentinos, “It’s All Over Now”

I read an interview with Bobby Womack a few years ago in which he said that when he first heard that the Rolling Stones planned to record “It’s All Over Now,” he was not happy. He asked his manager to tell Mick ...

Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “Walk On By”

As 1968 began, things at Stax Records were uncertain to say the least. The label had been born in 1957 as Satellite Records, the brainchild of founder Jim Stewart, who was joined a year later by his sister Estelle Axton. Initially Satellite ...

Exit Lines: “Come Look at the Freaks”

Where does one of the world’s sexiest men go to transform himself into one of the more celebrated grotesques in history? Why, Broadway, of course–where Bradley Cooper, following in the footprints of David Bowie and Billy Crudup, is covering himself in ...

Suburban Metal Dad #401. “Season’s End”

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Suburban Metal Dad #398. “Party Shopping”

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The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Albums discussed in this column:

  • Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  • Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress
  • Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin
  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • Ryan ...

Exit Lines: Leading Lights

In an era dominated by superheroes and other non-human factors, stars don’t mean much at the movies these days–if they did, would the likes of Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and Robert De Niro be turning up in slenderly budgeted VOD obscurities. ...