Picks of the Week: Sept. 4 – 8

By Don Heckman It’s a light, holiday week, with 100-plus temperatures here in L.A.  But there’s still some very fine music to hear in various parts of the world. Los Angeles – Sept. 4 – 8. (Wed. – Sun.) The Roy Hargrove Quintet. Trumpeter Hargrove has appeared frequently with his big band lately. But this… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 4 – 8

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Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: Of Pregnancy and the Art of Singing (or reverse that), a Halo on the Floor and Words to Live By

Anne Heaton: Honeycomb (Spill) Elizabeth Shepherd: Rewind (Linus Entertainment) By Brian Arsenault Fertility is in the air around me. One of my sons and his wife just welcomed little Liam and now my oldest and his wife are expecting. Then two albums show up nearly together wherein the artist has been greatly affected by her… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: Of Pregnancy and the Art of Singing (or reverse that), a Halo on the Floor and Words to Live By

Short Takes: On Hungary Saving European Rock, a Finn in Berlin Out to Lynch, and A Well Suited Guitar Gem

By Brian Arsenault Hungarian Rhapsody Melody (The Poster Boy) If Poster Boy is the new “poster boy” for continental rock out of Europe, there may be hope. Only once on its CD Melody does the band succumb to the Eurocrap of weird little electronic sounds and then only mildly on “Traction.” The rest of the… Read More Short Takes: On Hungary Saving European Rock, a Finn in Berlin Out to Lynch, and A Well Suited Guitar Gem