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Alison Toon
Aftershock 2014 preview: Otherwise, and their new album is coming soon!

Aug 20, 2014
Aftershock 2014 preview: Otherwise, and their new album is coming soon!

Otherwise, Aftershock 2013A nice surprise at last year's Aftershock was Otherwise, who I saw--and heard--for the first time. (That's a link to the review.)They'll be here again this year. And their new album, Peace At All Costs, is out soon: a couple o...

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Alison Toon
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Cropredy festival, 2014

Aug 17, 2014
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Cropredy festival, 2014

As with Marillion on Saturday, Steve Hackett on Thursday, Friday's inclusion of The Australian Pink Floyd Show was rock within the overall folk-rock festival. Makes for a nice mix of musical styles.If I hadn't know that this was the Australian Show, li...

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Alison Toon
The Waterboys, Cropredy 2014

Aug 17, 2014
The Waterboys, Cropredy 2014

I really enjoyed these guys' show. Celtic, energetic, vibrant, fun.My photos came out darker than I would like... thought it was me, but looking at others' from the same show, I think I can fall back on the "lighting" excuse. Or use it as justification...

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Alison Toon
Cara Dillon singing at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 2014

Aug 16, 2014
Cara Dillon singing at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 2014

A beautiful woman with a beautiful, pure-as-spring-water voice, Cara Dillon sang at the Cropredy festival. Putting her unique voice to traditional, Irish song... just beautiful.More photos: http://alisontoon.com/caradillonMore info: http://www.car...

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Alison Toon
Steve Hackett, revisiting Genesis, at Cropredy festival

Aug 16, 2014
Steve Hackett, revisiting Genesis, at Cropredy festival

I swear Steve Hackett hasn't aged a week since I last saw him live, and no, it wasn't a few months ago... it was the summer of 1979, at Leicester University, as my sister reminded me last week. He and his band took the stage on the first day of the Cro...

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Alison Toon
Countdown to Aftershock 2014… not long now! Are you ready??? Check out The Last Internationale

Aug 16, 2014
Countdown to Aftershock 2014… not long now! Are you ready??? Check out The Last Internationale

Wondering what new (to me) band I'll "take home" from Aftershock this year... might very well be these guys.The Last Internationale comprise singer Delila Paz, guitarist Edgey Pires, and drummer Brad Wilk (yes, he of Rage Against The Machine). Paz's vo...

Alison Toon
Marillion at Cropredy Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 9th August 2014

Aug 16, 2014
Marillion at Cropredy Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, 9th August 2014

It's a week ago, already. Unbelievable that time can go, so fast. A week ago: waiting in the field at Cropredy in England, near Banbury, near Oxford in England, waiting eagerly for Marillion to take the stage at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2014. Pre...

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The Sacramento Bee
San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.

The storied venue was expected to shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney. It will then be demolished to make way for a...

The Sacramento Bee
A 30-years-later look at Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’

He rose from the bathtub, chest bare, hair luscious. Staring plaintively at the camera, he raised a hand, beckoning the viewer to enjoy some sexiness while meeting music’s next great superstar.

Prince already was a success when he made that evocative video for “When Doves Cry,” lead single off the 1984...

The Sacramento Bee
Against Me! embraces lead singer’s transition

The title track of Against Me!’s sixth studio album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” addresses a certain concern that fans of the politically charged band might have.

Its opening lines, belted by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace and set to potent percussion and driving guitars, show that her powerful vocals haven’t...

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