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Review: Beach Slang, Knitting Factory, 12/17/15

Posted on 21 December 2015 (0)

James Alex

I don’t need another band to be the Replacements for me. That’s easy for me to say, I guess, because I had the actual Replacements when I needed that in my life. So people saying a band is just like the ‘Mats is pretty much guaranteed to make me scuttle off in the other direction, because it’s rarely true, and because I am not looking to relive my youth.

This is why I missed out on Beach Slang until earlier this year, because every other word about them was “Replacements” and that will definitely make me exit stage left.

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Posted on 19 December 2015 (0)

BROOOOOCE TV: The Best Bruce Springsteen Television Moments

MISSED OUT ON TICKETS TO SPRINGSTEEN IN NYC? HERE’S HOW TO FIND THEM NEXT TIME

JOHN LENNON’S MOST MEMORABLE — AND NOTORIOUS — NYC MOMENTS

The Ties That Bind – Coverage

Posted on 08 December 2015 (0)

Salon: Springsteen worked slow for a reason: New “Ties That Bind” box set chronicles the fascinating and frustrating road to “The River” and also “Trouble in the heartland,” indeed: See Bruce Springsteen get political on the day after Reagan’s election in this amazing concert film

Vulture: Tracklisting the Single-Album Version of Bruce Springsteen’s The River/The Ties That Bind That Could’ve, Should’ve Been – in which I try my hand at sequencing a single-album version of TTTB.

Springsteen’s Most Memorable NYC Shows

Posted on 04 December 2015 (0)

I’m a freakin media syndicate these days.

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Thoughts on seeing David Bowie’s Lazarus

Posted on 30 November 2015 (0)

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DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A THEATER CRITIC.

David Bowie’s latest artistic foray, Lazarus, a musical inspired by The Man Who Fell To Earth, is playing off-off-broadway at the New York Theater Workshop. There was a release of tickets for this weekend so I grabbed one for the Sunday evening performance.

~~SPOILER ALERT. I’m not going to spoil the plot but I will spoil the music. You’ve been warned. Yes, it’s a limited run, but there are posters all over the subways for a limited run that’s already sold out so they’re clearly looking to make it an unlimited run.~~

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Dylan’s Best NYC Shows

Posted on 27 November 2015 (0)

The next installment in my series for the Voice of best NYC shows is Mr. Dylan: HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT BOB DYLAN’S BEST NYC CONCERTS.

Review of “The Ties That Bind” Documentary

Posted on 25 November 2015 (0)

I wrote about the new Springsteen documentary for Salon: Springsteen’s “Ties That Bind”: The new documentary goes deep into the “adult concerns” that fueled “The River”

Patti Smith’s Journey to “Horses”

Posted on 16 November 2015 (0)

Rounding out the Patti Smith 2015 beat, I wrote this piece for Vulture on Patti’s road to rock and roll.

Patti Smith’s Most Memorable NYC Gigs

Posted on 09 November 2015 (0)

My latest for the Village Voice: PATTI SMITH’S MOST NOTABLE NEW YORK CITY GIGS. This was quite the research project / rabbit hole, but a very enjoyable one.

World Series Report

Posted on 04 November 2015 (0)

My story on going to the World Series is up at Bitter Empire.