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Giovanni Sollima and that killer Philharmonic encore

Last Friday’s Lexington Philharmonic concert ended with cello soloist Narek Hakhnazaryan delivering a jaw dropping encore with a work virtually no one in the audience could identify. It turns out, Hakhnazaryan was advancing the cause of contemporary music even more … Continue reading

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Listening to … St. Paul and the Broken Bones

  Most of us who love music had someone or ones when we were young who guided us to good music. I had several, including  my cousin Janet and her husband Phil whose love of artists like the Grateful Dead … Continue reading

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Listening to … Sundy Best, ‘Bring Up the Sun’

  Sundy Best‘s first album, Door Without a Screen, was geared to establish the Prestonsburg natives and Lexington-based duo as a Kentucky band with songs like Mountain Parkway and Kentucky Women. Bring Up the Sun, which released on iTunes Monday and drops everywhere else Tuesday, is … Continue reading

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Listening to … Beck, ‘Morning Phase’

As the Beach Boys-esque harmonies of Morning Phase came through my headphones, I had to remind myself that my favorite Beck album was Odelay, the 1996 record that was on the leading edge of a trend toward mixing hip-hop, traditional music, analog aesthetic and … Continue reading

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Review: Backstreet Boys, In A World Like This

News that the Backstreet Boys sold out their Aug. 9 date at Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion prompted a question: Is this turn-of-the-millennium nostalgia, or is Backstreet back? It sort of seemed like the latter at the beginning of the summer when … Continue reading

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Review: Brad Paisley ~ Wheelhouse

His name is Brad Paisley, and he will be your cowboy-hatted global tour guide. This is a role the guitar slinger has played before, like on his 2009 song Welcome to the Future, in which he sang about video chatting with companies … Continue reading

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Top 5 albums of 2012

Looking at my list of favorite albums of the past year illustrates why serious music fans like to follow artists. They’re going to grow, evolve, please us, frustrate us and sometimes surprise us. 1. David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love … Continue reading

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Review: Ben Sollee’s Half Made Man

This seems to be the month of folky artists giving us big new albums that push their largely acoustic boundaries. We have Mumford and Sons with Babel, which the band told Q‘s Jian Ghomeshi was partly a fulfillment of their desire to perform … Continue reading

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Review: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Before we get into what Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange is, let’s say what it isn’t. It is not the gay hip hop/R&B album. Ocean, born Christopher “Lonny” Breaux, caused a sensation earlier this month publishing a letter saying his first … Continue reading

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Album review: The Portland Cello Project and Ben Sollee

The cello isn’t just for classical music anymore, if it ever really  was in the first place. This month started with new releases from Lexington’s own Ben Sollee and Northwesterners The Portland Cello Project that highlight the variety of ways … Continue reading

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