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  • Minstrel in the Gallery
  • Minstrel in the Gallery

    After 50 years, Ian Anderson still aims to give Jethro Tull fans a real experience.
      The legendary British rock 'n' roll band Jethro Tull has existed in one form or another for a half-century.
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  • Chances Are ...
  • Chances Are ...

    You've never heard these Johnny Mathis tunes.
      Three-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Mathis has been a staggeringly popular recording artist and performer for more than 60 years.
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  • Live Music Picks: March 30-April 5
  • Live Music Picks: March 30-April 5

    Modern English, Primitive Programme, Regina Spektor, STS9 and more
      Music history quiz: What popular British new wave/post-punk band began life as The Lepers? Modern English! (Did the header give it away?) But did you know that, as The Lepers, the English band's sound had more in common with post-punk gloom merchants Joy Division than the sunny synth-pop heard on Modern English's 1982 hit "I Melt With You," which made them a flagship band of the '80s, a time when the Union Jack again ruled the musical world.
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  • Live Music Picks: March 23-29
  • Live Music Picks: March 23-29

    The Infamous Stringdusters, Ghost of Paul Revere, Mighty Mystic, Red Sage and more
      Founded in Charlottesville, Va., in 2006, the Infamous Stringdusters navigate the path between traditional bluegrass and a modern jam-band aesthetic. The quintet builds its music on a foundation of old-time folk and bluegrass, and its arrangements allow for plenty of jamming in a live setting.
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  • LIVE: Music Picks, Feb. 16-22
  • LIVE: Music Picks, Feb. 16-22

    Al Stewart, Kate MacLeod, L.A. Guns, and more
      It once seemed surprising that an unassuming Scotch-English folkie like Al Stewart would end up with a mega Top 40 hit, given an early musical style that so closely tapped traditional templates. Nevertheless, when it was released in July 1976, Stewart's seventh album Year of the Cat (RCA) and its title track—with those infectious guitar and sax solos—made this unassuming singer-songwriter a household name.
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  • Unplugged and Energized
  • Unplugged and Energized

    Guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson gets a spark out of playing acoustic—and piano.
      Ever since his breakthrough third album, Ah Via Musicom (Capitol, 1990), Austin, Texas, guitarist Eric Johnson has been a widely admired guitar hero. From the start, he wedded dazzling technique to a strong melodic sense, gaining a reputation as a guitarist's guitarist along the way.
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  • LIVE: Music Picks Dec. 28 - Jan. 3
  • LIVE: Music Picks Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

    The Pimps of Joytime, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and more...
      Growing up as a Kiss fan, I wanted everything associated with them: the records, the cheap iron-on transfers for my Hanes undershirts, the lunchbox—and, seein' that it was issued by Kiss' label, Casablanca Records, Parliament's Live: The P-Funk Earth Tour (1977).
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  • The Final Countdown
  • The Final Countdown

    City Weekly music writers reflect on the best and worst of 2016 in 250 words or less.
      Ubiquitous, obligatory, pedantic and rote, the year-end wrap-up piece is also a wank. All year long, music critics foist our opinions upon you, the readers.
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  • LIVE: Music Picks Dec. 1-7
  • LIVE: Music Picks Dec. 1-7

    David Bazan, Dragonette, Quiet Riot, and more
      Formerly the prime mover of Pedro the Lion and Headphones, songwriter and musician David Bazan went solo in 2008.
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  • Captivate and Provoke
  • Captivate and Provoke

    After a near-fatal car accident and eventual retirement, Fantastic Negrito returns with a purpose.
      Dphrepaulezz' live show is even more dynamic and engaging than his studio recordings would suggest.
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The Final Countdown The Final Countdown City Weekly music writers reflect on the best and worst of 2016 in 250 words or less. December 28, 2016

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