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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

RIP Nick Ashford

Songwriter Nick Ashford, half of the songwriting and performing duo Ashford and Simpson, has passed away of throat cancer.   People of my generation will remember Ashford and Simpson for their hit "Solid as a Rock." Around that time,…

An appreciation of Rick Telander's Heaven is a Playground and how it relates to Big in China

“Big In China reads like an epic adventure, with music at its heart and the unity of people as its goal.  It is fascinating and inspiring to see Alan Paul’s cross-cultural, dual-language blues band, Woodie Alan, come to life. When they…

Lou Reed and Metallica collaborate

Lou reed and Metallica have recorded an album together called Lulu. All available info is on their new site, loureedmetallica.com. This is some of the info on the site: "Lulu" was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's…

From the archives: The Doors' Robby Krieger. A complete album by album overview of the band's career

Gregg Allman on Big in China: “What a romp. After writing about music for years, Alan Paul walked the walk, preaching the blues in China. Anyone who doubts that music is bigger than words need to read this great tale.” ** I have interviewed…

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken" with Andy Aledort

With Andy Aledort and the Groove Kings. Cathartic... celebrating the launch of Big in China in Maplewood, NJ. March 4, 2011.

Dawes - a short appreciation, with video

Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to the band Dawes. I really didn’t know much about them. Their publicist, an old friend, sent me their debut CD, North Hills, last year, and I was struck by the sound. It was wide open…

Must-Reads: The Late, Great Molly Ivins on Rick Perry

Must-Reads: The Late, Great Molly Ivins on Rick Perry. What beter way to pay tribute to the much-missed columnist? Sample line: She was, after all, the writer who bestowed upon Perry the nicknames "The Coiffure" and "Governor Goodhair." …

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog goes to Bon Jovi concert

Triumph the insult comic dog - bon jovi by AC310DC Really just a classic. I can't say I watch Conan all that much these days, but is there anything this funny on there now? I doubt it. I've sat around the front of tour buses killing time…

"Little Wing" at the Hi-Dive with Mark Karan and Joe Bissell

  I am so late posting clips from the fantastic party performance at the San Francisco Big in China launch party. It was a great, great night. I was joined by the great mark Karan of Ratdog and The Other Ones on lead guitar, Norm…

Rick Perry = Doug Niedermeyer....The best things in life are free

Yesterday I was reading Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, a constant source of interest, amusement and erudition and saw the above pictures of Gov. Rick Perry in his Texas A&M days. I was immediately reminded of both W and Animal House's legendary…