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Americana and Dylan’s “Planet Waves”

There’s a narrative about Bob Dylan’s ’60s career that goes about like this: folk maverick goes electric, wins new fans, makes three essential albums, has a motorcycle accident, and is creatively and commercially more or less defunct until Blood on the Tracks in 1975. My

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The Super Theme Songs of Batman, Flash Gordon, and The Incredibles

The swelling of strings, the beat of the drums, the shredding of an electric guitar…Every superhero needs a great song to herald their arrival but the perfect theme does not come often or easily. To truly capture the essence of a character — especially one

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10 Beatles Covers You Really Need to Hear

There’s probably no other band as widely covered as The Beatles. Practically from the moment they first emerged, they’ve been fodder for interpretations by artists from just about every genre. Through the decades, the Fab Four cover train has never stopped rolling. And in the

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Adidas Originals: Trippy, Hippy and Happy

Possibly the strangest, most entertaining and most discussable ad of 2017 so far is a spot for Adidas Originals, “Original Is Never Finished.” Set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” — in itself not an original idea — this nearly psychedelic spot reinterprets the tune in a hyper-contemporary

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Shawn Colvin Comes “Home”

I recently pulled out one of my favorite (old) CDs — Shawn Colvin’s Steady On (1989). I don’t recall how I first discovered her, but once I did, it was love. I listened to that album — and later, Fat City (1992), Cover Girl (’94) and

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