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Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on May 22, 2014

The New York Times' chief film critic, Tony (A.O.) Scott, called Inside Llewyn Davis the best movie of last year. It wasn't, but it was a fine portrait, snapped by the Coen Brothers, of the early folk music scene in Greenwich Village, on the eve of Dylan. One of the great musical losses of recent months was that of Pete Seeger, who, as many writers and musicians noted, was one of the most important folk musicians--and social and political activists--of all time. If either event got…

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Artist Spotlight: Foo Fighters

Posted to Artist Spotlight on May 8, 2014

Out of the ashes of the rock behemoth that was Nirvana and the fading embers of the early ‘90s grunge movement came one of the most popular bands in alternative rock: The Foo Fighters. Since 1995, the band has released seven studio albums, sold over 10 million records, and won 10 Grammys. The brainchild of former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters originally sprouted from a collection of demos Grohl had recorded. The original Foo lineup consisted of a mix of former memb…

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Mac DeMarco: Live at Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on May 1, 2014

This film make me want to go and see Mac DeMarco. I suppose that’s the point of a showcase: to introduce a new talent and whet your appetite for more. DeMarco’s short (seven-song) set at the SXSW pop-up, Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel in Austin last year, surely does that. DeMarco, out of Montreal, by way of Vancouver, has got an intriguing stage presence. He’s good-looking in a goofy, slacker way, with his tousled hair, plaid shirt and torn jeans, with his hig…

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All You Need Is Love Series: Introduction

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 24, 2014

There are histories of rock and roll, and there are histories of rock and roll, know what I’m sayin’? I’ve certainly seen my share of them. And I can tell you that I’ve never seen one like All You Need Is Love, the voluminous series of films now sitting on the virtual shelves of Qello. Watching them is like getting plunged into music history. Not rock history, but a lot, if not all of the music that led, directly or indirectly, to today’s popular sound…

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Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 17, 2014

It’s ironic that when Peter Gabriel, recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, split from Genesis, there was talk about the rest of the band tiring of his stealing the spotlight with his on-stage theatrics. They wind up appointing their balding drummer as their lead singer, and he turns out to be one of the greatest stage-hoggers of them all. Sure, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks are near-geniuses on guitar and keyboards, but, as evidenced by Live at Wembley Stadi…

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