Mon June 4, 2012
The Record

There's No Such Thing As A Sold Out Concert (Even For Justin Bieber)

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:44 pm

Over the weekend, Justin Bieber's 45-city fall tour sold out in an hour.
Kevin Winter Getty Images


Mon June 4, 2012
Music Reviews

'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 5:44 pm

Electronic soul artist Jeff Phelps with his synthesizers.
Courtesy of the artist

Early synthesizers were supposed to imitate or re-create other existing sounds, but as anyone can tell you, they mostly sounded like synthesizers. That distinctive whine and wheeze captivated all manner of pop artists, from prog-rockers to classical composers to soul musicians. However, back then, synthesizers were so expensive and bulky, you needed a major-label budget and an entire studio wall to install them.

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Mon June 4, 2012
Concert Tech

Video: LED Wristbands Finally Push Concert Lighters Into Obsolescence

Screencap taken from Coldplay's performance

Long gone are the days of holding your lighter up in approval and rhythm with the ballad. Harmed by smoking bans and first displaced by the cell phone; the tradition has now further been done in by Coldplay and some lighted wristbands.

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Mon June 4, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

The reliable backup singer who seizes the spotlight is the stuff of entertainment-industry fairy tales, but Kelly Hogan hasn't actually had to labor in obscurity.

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Sun June 3, 2012
Music Interviews

Jack White On His Own, Tells Other People's Stories

Jack White's new album – his first solo outing after years of collaborations and group efforts – is called Blunderbuss.
Jo McCaughey Courtesy of the artist

Blunderbuss, Jack White's first solo album, is not just about him. It's about characters, he says.

"The 'hes' and 'shes' and 'Is' are sort of all arbitrary," White tellsGuy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "Some of them fall in the blues context of just 'man versus the world' or 'man versus woman,' or something like that, but they don't really have anything to do with male or female."

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