Category | The Artist’s Stage

LOST TREASURES – John Howard

Posted on 08 January 2015

LOST TREASURES JOHN HOWARD “Kid in a Big World“   By Peter Marston Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the formation of Apple Records was the Beatles’ intention to bypass the typical business model whereby commercial music and film were produced. John Lennon famously said that they wanted to develop a system in which people […]

JANGLE ON – January

Posted on 08 January 2015

JANGLE ON! JANUARY by Eric Sorsensen The fleeting fat snowflakes that fell (but did not stick) the day before Thanksgiving remain the only snow that the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area has seen this winter.  After enjoying the mild weather of Arizona and San Diego for ten days, I am getting re-accustomed to the need for […]

BLOODY RED BARON – January Reviews

Posted on 08 January 2015

BLOODY RED BARON JANUARY REVIEWS by Mike Baron RICK HROMADKA: Trippin’ Dinsoaurs. Like a paisley Brontosaurus from the Summer of Love, Rick Hromodaka’s Trippin’ Dinosaursraises its psychedelic snout. Hromodka, the force behind Maple Mars, evokes the ghosts of the Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish and the Doors with swirling guitar and keyboards. The poppy […]

JANGLE ON – OCTOBER

Posted on 24 October 2014

JANGLE ON! OCTOBER by Eric Sorsensen An autumn visit to Vermont certainly brightened my life, and now several fabulous CDs – featuring chiming Rickenbacker 12-string riffs – have continued to brighten the fall season.  As if that isn’t enough, Jangle Meister Les Fradkin has just released a re-mastered version of “God Bless California” with a […]

BLOODY RED BARON – October Reviews

Posted on 06 October 2014

BLOODY RED BARON OCTOBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron RANSOM AND THE SUBSET: No Time to Lose (Tune Stack) A late summer breath of fresh air, this trio led by singer/songwriter RanDair Porter channels classic power pop in the Fountains of Wayne, Churchills, Goldbergs mode. RanDair sings in an endearing, slightly lugubrious joker’s tenor beginning with the […]

LOST TREASURES – Donnie Iris

Posted on 01 October 2014

LOST TREASURES DONNIE IRIS “Back On The Streets”   By Peter Marston   Virtually every article, review or blog post about Donnie Iris begins with the same factoid and this Lost Treasures entry will not deviate from that trend. While many pop fans may not be familiar with Iris’ new wave/power pop albums from the […]

JANGLE ON – September

Posted on 19 September 2014

JANGLE ON! SEPTEMBER by Eric Sorsensen Wow!  After several months of little in the way of jangly music, a plethora of new material – featuring chiming Rickenbacker 12-string riffs – has been released.  In addition to the obvious Byrds references in many of the songs, there has been a Gene Clark theme – so summer […]

LOST TREASURES – Small Wonder

Posted on 20 August 2014

LOST TREASURES SMALL WONDER “Small Wonder” By Peter Marston In 1976, I entered Occidental College as a freshman and quickly found a few fellow music fans in my dormitory. One afternoon, four of us drove to a local used record store and explored the goods. As we were getting ready to head to the cash […]

LOST TREASURES – Focal Point

Posted on 06 August 2014

LOST TREASURES FOCAL POINT “First Bite of the Apple” By Peter Marston   Focal Point’s star shone brightly, but briefly—very briefly, in fact. Liverpool songwriters Paul Tennant and Dave Rhodes were one of the very first artists signed to the Beatles’ first venture in corporate diversification, Apple Publishing. After a chance meeting with Paul McCartney, […]

JANGLE ON – July 2014

Posted on 23 July 2014

JANGLE ON! JULY by Eric Sorsensen             Although the past few months have been light on new jangly music, there has been no shortage of good live music … and no shortage of out-of-town visitors.  In fact, Pop Geek Heaven guru Bruce Brodeen and his family stopped by for a very […]