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Remembering Scott Weiland: 6 Songs That Reveal Lasting Musical Contributions
2015 / Memorial / Music

Remembering Scott Weiland: 6 Songs That Reveal Lasting Musical Contributions

Although sometimes seen as a divisive figure among music fans and the industry in general, former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland had an undeniable impact with a steady string of alternative-rock hits in the 1990s and early ’00s. His death on Thursday offers a chance to reflect on those contributions. Continue reading

Pick Of The Day: New Dylan Box Set Features Song Sketch That Is Greatest Incomplete Masterpiece
2015 / Music

Pick Of The Day: New Dylan Box Set Features Song Sketch That Is Greatest Incomplete Masterpiece

A new, massive box set released Friday documents Bob Dylan’s whirlwind year of 1965 and 1966. While this compilation offers many examples of how masterpieces emerged in the recording studio, it also brings fans perhaps the greatest incomplete song in Dylan’s canon. Continue reading

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries
2015 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries

Although the members of the Dave Rawlings Machine took the stage in Madison Friday night dressed as every rural American archetype, the reason wasn’t to get a start on Halloween trick-or-treating. This Appalachia-loving string band was just getting in character to do what musical evangelist do best: Bring the fire to the people. Continue reading

Remembering Steve MacKay: Listen To Stooges’ Sax Player Forge A Masterpiece
2015 / Memorial / Music

Remembering Steve MacKay: Listen To Stooges’ Sax Player Forge A Masterpiece

Authors and critics might be correct when they write off Detroit-area saxophone player Steve Mackay as simply a sideman to the Iggy Pop-led Stooges in the early ’70s, but doing so sadly undervalues the importance of his contributions. Hired hand or not, any musician would want to be involved in making a musical masterwork. Continue reading