Category | The Artist’s Stage


Posted on 21 February 2017

                                     JET “Jet”  (from 1979)   Some Lost Treasures are more treasures and others are more lost—that’s just the way it works. Jet’s debut self-titled LP is more the latter, I suppose, but still an album worth investigating. […]


Posted on 21 December 2016

THE EIGHTH DAY “On the Eighth Day“ One of the most interesting phenomena in pop geekdom was the renaissance of sunshine pop in the 1990s. After its original heyday in the late ’60s, sunshine pop went into a near total eclipse. There were always bands doing Beatle-inspired pop, power pop, even baroque pop, but for about […]

JANGLE ON – December

Posted on 12 December 2016

JANGLE ON! DECEMBER by Eric Sorsensen 2016 seems to have flown by.  Although I have attended fewer live music events than in past years, I made it a point to attend Parthenon Huxley’s “annual” show (the evening after Thanksgiving) at Jammin’ Java.  Parthenon and his bandmates treated the audience to a two and a half […]


Posted on 12 December 2016

THE DILLARDS “Wheatstraw Suite” Well, I don’t want to embarrass myself, but the truth is that my first exposure to country-rock was through The Monkees TV sitcom. “Papa Gene’s Blues” and “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?” were among my favorite Monkees songs and when Nesmith went on to form The First National Band, those […]

BLOODY RED BARON – November Reviews

Posted on 28 November 2016

BLOODY RED BARON November Reviews by Mike Baron   DAVID BROOKINGS: And the Average Lookings Elegant power pop in a Davenports/Rosenbergs/Gin Blossoms mode, with hooks, bridges, and multi-part harmonies. David Brookings uses the whole buffalo in making a song, filling every part with buzzing guitars. “The Optimist” is typical with its minor key theme that breaks […]


Posted on 19 November 2016

APRIL MARCH “Triggers” One of the last niches that I discovered in my circumnavigation of the pop world was yé-yé. I discovered it quite by chance, really. I heard Sheila’s “Les Rois Mages” in the soundtrack of the 1997 film Ma Vie en Rose, hung around for the music credits, made a note of the […]


Posted on 04 November 2016

ZAL YANOVSKY “Alive and Well in Argentina”   The Beatles were often compared to the Marx Brothers, especially after the release of their first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night. And while I don’t think the comparison is without merit, the closest thing to a Marx Brother in rock ’n’ roll, in my opinion, was […]

JANGLE ON – October

Posted on 19 October 2016

JANGLE ON! OCTOBER by Eric Sorsensen   In addition to the robust club scene in the Washington, D.C area, a growing number of music aficionados are opening their homes to fellow music enthusiasts by hosting house concerts.  I have attended live music events each of the past three weekends, and two of the three shows […]

LOST TREASURES – Picadilly Line

Posted on 19 October 2016

PICADILLY LANE “The Huge World of Emily Small”   Last week, my son and I went to see Donovan on the Sunshine Superman 50th Anniversary Tour. For me, it was a bit of a pilgrimage—Donovan was one of my favorite pop stars of the Summer of Love, yet I had never gotten around to seeing […]

LOST TREASURES – The Heavy Circles

Posted on 10 October 2016

THE HEAVY CIRCLES “The Heavy Circles”   One of my very favorite records of the last ten years or so is Harper Simon’s self-titled debut album, released in 2009. Sparking folk-rock with some lovely baroque pop touches, it still gets frequent spins on my stereo. A conversation with one of the owners of a local […]