Suburban Metal Dad #386. “Xmas Evel, Part 1″

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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “My Girl” at 50

I saw the classic Temptations lineup at a local college in 1967. My date was a pretty girl named Mary who took the train all the way from Long Island to New Jersey in order to go to the show with me. ...

Suburban Metal Dad #384. “Elf On A…”

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Exit Lines: Going Off

Before diving into the 2014 part of the 2014-2015 Broadway theatre season, let’s look at some of the shows running Off Broadway. In the land beyond the Great White Way, it’s war.

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts ...

Suburban Metal Dad #383. “Xmas Swears”

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Suburban Metal Dad #382. “Shinebox II.”

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Soul Serenade: The Shirelles, “Tonight’s The Night”

There’s a lot of talk about girl groups, and rightfully so. Girl groups made some great music in the ’60s. But if you ever try to journey back to where it all started it’s inevitable that you will run into the Shirelles ...

Popdose Giveaway: R.E.M., “7IN – 83-88” Box Set

UPDATE: Eastern to Mountain, third-party call: We have a winner!  Congrats to Reader Lisa W. of Glen Burnie, MD, and thanks to all who entered. – RS

 

Hard to believe R.E.M. broke up three years ago, partly because 2014 has seen ...

Spinning Discs: All the Trimmings

I don’t do holiday gift guides. Not my bag. But–’tis the season and everyone’s having big sales from now until the end of the year, so rather than be Scrooge about it, feel free to stuff your stockings with new releases from ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Various Artists, “American Hustle”

This Friday is Black Friday, the uniquely American occasion in which citizens of all economic stripes and strata are encouraged to spend as much money as they can afford—unless they want to spend more than that; they’re encouraged to do that, too—enticed ...

Popdose Giveaway: Alvin Lee Reissues

UPDATE: We have a winner!  I gotta admit, the sheer number of Alvin Lee fans out there surprised me—and from all over the globe!  People from Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, and Australia emailed entries!  The man is definitely loved and missed.  But the ...

Soul Serenade: The Contours, “First I Look At The Purse”

Statistics tell us that the economy is improving. The stock market is reaching new highs, lots of jobs have been created, and the unemployment rate is down. Here in Rhode Island however, it’s hard to see things getting better. The state has ...

Popdose Giveaway: Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces”

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Reader Steve M. of Kannapolis, NC!  Thanks to all who entered. – RS

For years, Joni Mitchell was steadfast in her adamant rejection of record company entreaties to please, please, pretty-please put out a volume ...

Suburban Metal Dad #379. “Shinebox.”

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Suburban Metal Dad #378. “Spotify”

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Soul Serenade: The Chiffons, “One Fine Day”

There are a variety of ways that songs and artists move to the top of the list (yes, there is a list) of potential features for Soul Serenade. Sometimes it can be a simple as hearing the great opening riff of a ...

Soul Serenade: Freddie Scott, “Are You Lonely For Me”

For my last column from New Jersey last week I chose to recognize my time there by featuring Madeline Bell, who is a native of Newark, the state’s largest city. Now that I’m back in Rhode Island it only seems fair to ...

Suburban Metal Dad #375. “Samhain Fire, Part 8″

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Spinning Discs: Witches Brew

Halloween festivities started early for us, as Maleficent arrived a few days ahead of street date–and when Angelina Jolie knocks on your door, you open it. The closest thing we have to a queen of the world, Jolie enjoyed a huge ...