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Alison Toon
A playlist for Labor Day; old, new, borrowed and just-a-little blue

Sep 1, 2014
A playlist for Labor Day; old, new, borrowed and just-a-little blue

This one's a little different: quite a few covers, some new and unique.. some upbeat, some down. Some great guitar on a few (especially Sympathy, Court of the Crimson King).See what you think. What are you listening to today?1. Born to Ride, Blackjack ...

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Alison Toon
George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, and what younger musicians can learn from the grand statesman of funk

Aug 31, 2014
George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, and what younger musicians can learn from the grand statesman of funk

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 30 August 2014I've been lucky enough to see a George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic show twice in the past two years, both times at Sacramento's Ace of Spades: first time was March 2013, second time, last ni...

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The Sacramento Bee
California Made in America show tunes up for day 2

With the first day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival in the books, the city tuned up for round two. The Budweiser Made in America concert resumed Sunday in Grand Park, with Kanye West, John Mayer and Weezer among the many ac...

Amy is the Party
The Feel Good Song of the Summer

The Feel Good Song of the Summer

I wish I could say that I’m this hip, indie music fan, but truth is, I am often a fan of mainstream music trends. My favorite songs are reminiscent of...

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Alison Toon
Guess who’s back in town tomorrow?

Aug 29, 2014
Guess who’s back in town tomorrow?

George Clinton, Sacramento, March 2013The one-and-only George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, at the Ace of Spades, Sacramento. Be there, or be square.

The Sacramento Bee
Three to See: Electronic pow wow, jazz fusion and alternative rock

A Tribe Called Red

Electronic/traditional pow wow

2 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

McClatchy Park (Global Local event)

Zipping up an electronic remix of the American Indian war chant popularized by Atlanta Braves fans and others might seem like...

Alison Toon
Cold Cave, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails: huge show at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, and an open letter to Chris Cornell

Aug 28, 2014
Cold Cave, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails: huge show at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, and an open letter to Chris Cornell

Audience watching SoundgardenI thought Soundgarden were wonderful. Seriously. Chris Cornell was totally in control, his vocal range impressive, and the performance was electric. The set wasn't long enough... it should have gone on all night."Jesus Chri...

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Alison Toon
Cutting through the smoke at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, 27th August 2014

Aug 28, 2014
Cutting through the smoke at Wheatland’s Sleeptrain Amphitheater, 27th August 2014

Much-awaited show last night out at Wheatland's Sleeptrain Amphitheater: I say "out", as it's around 45 minutes drive from Sacramento, and it appears to be in the middle of nowhere... late summer in a drought year means that much of the surrounding lan...

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor shares Salzburg Festival experiences

Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor shares Salzburg Festival experiences

Editor’s note: Music in the Mountains‘ Resident Conductor and Choral Director Ryan Murray was selected as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors with the Vienna Philharmonic through the American Austrian Foundation. Here’s a report: “I wanted to take a moment to share some of my experiences from the Salzburg festival with you....

The Sacramento Bee
Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey back with ’80s optimism

The first step to rehabilitating yourself as a pop star is, of course, admitting you were a pop star. The second step, it seems, is a trip to the record store.

“When I realized I had to take this seriously,” Tom Bailey says, “I also realized I didn’t have any Thompson...

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