Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Like other musicians, Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner played conventional rock 'n' roll guitar for years: one band in high school, another one in college. He played the same music while touring with group after group once he graduated from Boston University, but felt something was missing. "It wasn't really sounding like what I was hearing," offered Brenner, a 39-year-old with dark...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
It took Jacob seven years to get Leah, and seven more to earn Rachel. Phranc fans know the feeling: The singer-songwriter born Susan Gottlieb took seven years between 1991's sweet-and-sour "Positively Phranc" and 1998's mostly sour "Milkman," and seven years later, she's due for a follow-up. Returning to the road to mark the 20th anniversary of her debut, "Folksinger," the...
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David Tilman, JE
Two months ago, Joseph H. Kluger announced hisresignation as presidentof the Philadelphia Orchestra,completing his 16-year stewardshipat the end of August. Initially appointed as executivedirector in May 1989, he wasgranted the title of president inNovember 1991, and has the secondlongest tenure as chief administrativeleader of the orchestra,exceeded only by ArthurJudson (1915-1935). A lothas happened in the interim: collaborationswith Maestro RiccardoMuti; two...
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Barry Goldberg and buds bring back the blues
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Scott Benarde, JE Feature
Keyboard player Barry Goldberg is upbeat as he talks about "Buried Alive in the Blues," the new Chicago Blues Reunion CD, DVD and current tour, which he fondly calls " ''Spinal Tap'' for the geriatric set." CBR, after all, is a band of merry old blues men - and one woman - most in their 60s, whose paths crossed in...
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M.J. Fine
With the best of intentions, a friendly colleague told me I'd love Matisyahu. She thought of me every time she heard "King Without a Crown" on the radio, she said. Why? Well, because he's Jewish, like me. Chasidic, in fact. And she knows how I love weird music. What could be weirder than a Chasidic reggae singer? My first memorable...
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