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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 […]


Posted on 23 September 2016

LARRY NORMAN “Upon This Rock” Geeky pop fans can argue interminably about what was the first rock ’n’ roll record: was it Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” Goree Carter’s “Rock Awhile,” Wynonie Harris’ “Good Rockin’ Tonight” or one of any number of other contenders? Similar arguments can be had about the first punk record, the first […]


Posted on 12 September 2016

NEAL HEFTI/The Wild Ones “Lord Love a Duck” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack By Peter Marston If pop fans are familiar with Neal Hefti, it is almost always because he is the composer of the iconic theme from the Batman television show (recorded first by Nelson Riddle with The Ron Hickland Singers and then covered by […]

BLOODY RED BARON – September Reviews

Posted on 12 September 2016

BLOODY RED BARON September Reviews by Mike Baron SKELETON STAFF: Kurfurstendammned The autodidact and polymath Stanton Marriot, aka Skeleton Staff, has produced a rock opera about Weimar Germany that inevitably raises the specters of Cabaret and the Three Penny Opera. You expect Joel Grey to lead this ensemble, and it would work very well as […]


Posted on 18 August 2016

EDGE “Edge” Many, many bands privately press singles, EPs and albums to be sold at shows, on-line or, in previous generations, by mail order. Such albums are, by their nature, destined to become rarities and, if the band meets with later success, often highly collectible and occasionally even a “holy grail.” But in all my years […]