Category Archives: Listening to …

Short reviews of recordings that have caught my ear.

Listening to … Morrissey, ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

Twenty-seven years ago, Morrissey sang, “If you think peace is a common goal, that goes to show how little you know,” in The Death of a Disco Dancer from The Smiths’ final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come.  And if you have sort of … Continue reading

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Listening to … Maggie Rose, ‘Cut to Impress’

If you have not been listening to Maggie Rose, it isn’t because music critics haven’t been telling you to. We will tell you her chart performance in no way reflects her talent, which put her aptly titled Cut to Impress album on … Continue reading

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Listening to … Chase Rice, ‘Ready Set Roll’

Reading Chase Rice‘s biography after a few listens to his 2013 EP Ready Set Roll, it is no surprise to find Rice was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise. The six-song EP — seven if you get a physical … Continue reading

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Listening to … Eric Paslay, ‘Eric Paslay’

How well does Eric Paslay navigate around the handful of cliches that have been dominating country music in recent years? His self-titled debut has a song called Country Side of Heaven, the title alone pleading for an eye roll. And it does … Continue reading

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Listening to … Crowder, ‘Neon Steeple’

Christian music fans who really appreciate quality, thoughtful, expressive music experienced a collective sense of loss when The David Crowder Band bowed out in 2012 with Give Us Rest, which could have also been titled, You’re Really, Really Going to Miss … Continue reading

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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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