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Mac Attack

Mac Attack A Q&A with Scott McDonald of TUSK   By Geoff Gehman   Scott McDonald was nine when he suffered, and savored, his first Fleetwood Mac attack. The blows were delivered by the band’s “Rumours” album, which he heard over and over and over again blasting from his parents’ cabin cruiser of a stereo. ... Read More
 
A Coney Island of the Mind

A Coney Island of the Mind

A Coney Island of the Mind A Q&A with Neal Shulman Of Aztec Two-Step   By Geoff Gehman   Aztec Two-Step shows are mini-holidays, one-night vacations from the grind and the gristle. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman unwrap gifts they’ve been creating together for over 40 years. Fluid, flashy acoustic guitars. Branching, brotherly vocals. Topical, ... Read More
 
Deadicated

Deadicated

Deadicated A Q&A with Butchy Sochorow Of Splintered Sunlight   By Geoff Gehman   Butchy Sochorow was way too sick to show up at the show but he showed up anyway. There was no way in hell or heaven that the teen-aged musician would miss the final concert of his first tour with the Grateful ... Read More
 
Ensemble Actor with a Violin

Ensemble Actor with a Violin

Ensemble Actor with a Violin A Q&A with Esme Allen-Creighton Of the Serafin String Quartet   By Geoff Gehman   Esme Allen-Creighton loves to play chamber works that fill the body’s chambers. The violist’s heart-expanding favorites include Leo Janacek’s “Intimate Letters,” a soundtrack to his wildly mercurial missives to an unrequited object of affection, and ... Read More
 
Wizardly Warrior

Wizardly Warrior

Wizardly Warrior A Q&A with Shawn Phillips   By Geoff Gehman   Somewhere in amazon.comdom is someone who ranks Shawn Phillips’ 1970 LP “Second Contribution” among the all-time top pop albums, way up there with Cat Stevens’ “Tea for the Tillerman.” Somewhere in Canada is someone who whistled Phillips’ tunes to make planting trees more ... Read More
 
My Make-up Is My Makeup

My Make-up Is My Makeup

My Make-up Is My Makeup A Q&A with Janis Ian   By Geoff Gehman   Many thoughts glow in Janis Ian’s song “I’m Still Standing Here,” a radiant declaration of pride in a body that’s well-lined and well-used. The one thought that glows in the dark concerns bruises and scars so tactile, they can be ... Read More
 
Raise the Roof and the Soul

Raise the Roof and the Soul

Raise the Roof and the Soul A Q&A with Winifred Horan of Solas   By Geoff Gehman   For nearly 20 years Winifred Horan and Seamus Egan have run Solas as a global experience with an Irish tilt and a Gaelic lilt. The American-born children of Irish parents have used traditional idioms–reels, waltzes, keening ballads–to ... Read More
 
Love’s Rock-and-Rollercoaster

Love’s Rock-and-Rollercoaster

Love’s Rock-and-Rollercoaster A Q&A with Ward Hayden Of Girls Guns and Glory   By Geoff Gehman   Ward Hayden has lived, sung and written plenty of songs about love’s rock-and-rollercoaster His former muse was an eight-year relationship that ended badly and inspired therapeutic tunes like “Inverted Valentine.” His current muse is a four-year relationship going ... Read More