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Review: “Power Pop Unplugged”

by John M. Borack VARIOUS ARTISTS – Power Pop Unplugged, Volume One (Zero Hour Records) In which 21 artists – some relatively well-known within power pop’s little circle, some not so much – acoustically re-imagine some of the genre’s most …

THREE NEW RELEASES SPOTLIGHT AMERICANA DIVERSITY

Duke Robillard

3 New CDs…3 New Gems: a multi-artist re-imagining of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.,” a new band, Brothers Keeper, made up of longtime industry veterans, and an old band, The Duke Robillard Band, stretching the blues into various sub-genres be it Memphis, Texas, Alabama or, uh, Rhode Island. Well, almost.

More Manticores for your Madness

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In an age when a band simply wasn’t a band if it didn’t also have its own record label, there was an awful lot of corporate silliness flung into the marketplace, towering conceits with names like Threshold and Purple, Swan …