Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774
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M.J. Fine
I get frustrated sometimes. Like when I go to see an exciting new band and I can count the audience members on my hands. Or when I hear a tired old Elton John song on the radio for the third time in two hours. One thing that's sure to cheer me up is thinking about the Dresden Dolls. Not that...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Here's an ingenious way to pre-empt criticism: A few intense but meandering songs into Des Ark's recent local concert, singer-guitarist Aimee Argote apologized for being unfocused. It's just that earlier in the day, she said, her aunt had been spotted on TV, being rescued from a flood of biblical proportions, and her grandmother still hadn't been located. So if Argote...
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The South Side of Chicago has provided a North Star of soundly satisfying stability in the melody line that is composer Louis Rosen's life. In a way, Rosen's collaboration with singer Capathia Jenkins, his musical muse, gives voice to two peoples, blacks and Jews, in a harmony rarely heard offstage. "Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen: South Side Stories," their first...
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Aspiring musicians, listen up! It's no secret that you have to practice in order to get better. Accomplished musicians devote a large portion of their day to improving their skills and training their muscles. But just putting in the time isn't good enough. You must learn to practice correctly. The following tips are designed to encourage more effective, rewarding practice...
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Ryan Teitman
Several kids in the aisles began to dance -- in the way only children can -- with a wonderful, reckless sense of abandon. The lead singer of the band -- backed onstage by a keyboard, guitar, bass and drums -- encouraged other audience members to leave their seats as he let loose on some hypnotic vocals. Soon, the children were...
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