By Don Heckman It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving Day has arrived. And here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many reasons I have to be thankful. Let’s start with my most important reasons to be thankful: For my beautiful, loving, caring wife: Faith For my two incomparable children: Allegra and Alex… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For
By Roger Crane Jazz and pop, no matter how symbiotic their relationship, never lodge at the same inn too long. Although related, Jazz is not pop. The music called jazz is not popular music for that is not the intent. Sure, jazz artists wish to make a living, and hopefully a good living, but the… Read More Op-Ed Commentary: Listening to Jazz vs. Listening to Pop
by Casey Dolan The Canadian band, The Dears, led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Murray Lightburn and his wife Natalia Yanchak on keyboards, have had a hard time keeping it together since its inception in 1996. Mass defections have occurred and the married couple remain the only constant. The current and fourth studio album, “Missiles,” is full of… Read More The Dears Disappoint at the Key Club
by Casey Dolan (This is a chronicle of sorts. I’m dividing it into three parts with the third part making up the largest, and weirdest, portion). I’ve deliberated long and hard about writing the following since I was laid off by the Los Angeles Times in July. Many memories of working there are fond and it was… Read More State of Mind: The Los Angeles Times and Me, Pt. 1
by Casey Dolan All readers be advised: As of Dec. 1, 2008, our new address will be http://www.internationalreviewofmusic.com. We’re growing by leaps and bounds and setting up our own sovereign nation. No longer a WordPress colony (although their rule was benign), we will continue to forge ahead where music critics fear to tread! Thanks for the… Read More New Web Address: We’re Going Indie, Baby!