Author Talk – ‘Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell in Love with 80s...

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360°Sound recently had the pleasure of chatting with Glasgow, Scotland-based music journalist Steven Vass about his book Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell...

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Pete Muller is a pianist and singer/songwriter, among other interesting things. His sixth studio album, More Time, will be released May 17. It’s soulful...

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It's not often that I get to hang out with a nü metal boy band from Finland, but that's exactly what we did on...

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We've reached the end of yet another year. As time passes, kids grow up, and people pass on, the new releases just keep coming....

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360°Sound editor-in-chief Chris Bisha brought to my attention that we did not have a playlist of December songs. Since I usually do a Christmas...

Threefer: Dwight Twilley Band

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Power pop legend Dwight Twilley, best known for the Top 20 hit single “I’m on Fire,” passed away on October 18. Twilley reportedly suffered...

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On Stage: Madonna – The Celebration Tour

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The Material Girl puts on a Celebration for the Ages Madonna – The Celebration Tour Toyota Center Houston, Texas March 28, 2024 Odds are if you were born in...

Classic Disc: Tori Amos’s ‘Under the Pink’

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Producers: Eric Rosse & Tori Amos Singles:  "Cornflake Girl," "God," "Pretty Good Year," "Past the Mission" Release date: 1 February 1994 Label: Atlantic Catalog#: 82567-2 The Skinny: This was...

Classic Disc: Lyle Lovett’s ‘My Baby Don’t Tolerate’

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Producers: Billy Williams and Lyle Lovett Key Tracks: "Cute as a Bug," "In My Own Mind," "You Were Always There," "Wallisville Road" Release date: 30 September...

CD Junkies: Collector Eric Wolfson

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Friend of 360°Sound Eric Wolfson returns to talk all things compact disc. Wolfson has twice been a part of our long-running “Author Talk” series,...

CD Junkies: Jeremy Sikora aka The Budget Audiophiler

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Meet 360’s latest CD Junkie, Jeremy Sikora, better known online as the Budget Audiophiler. Sikora runs the popular Instagram account @budget_audiophiler, where he frequently...

CD Junkies: Richard Montes de Oca (SACD Edition)

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For this installment of our long-running CD Junkies series, we bring you another special SACD edition. SACD, which stands for Super Audio Compact Disc,...

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by David Rowe This is the third of three articles, in which collector of classical CDs and trusted reviewer David Rowe of davidsclassicalcds.com discusses the current...

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Classic Disc: Lyle Lovett’s ‘My Baby Don’t Tolerate’

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Producers: Billy Williams and Lyle Lovett Key Tracks: "Cute as a Bug," "In My Own Mind," "You Were Always There," "Wallisville Road" Release date: 30 September...

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Today is my birthday, so just for kicks I checked to see what song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on this...

Classic Disc: L7’s ‘Hungry for Stink’

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by Mike Werling Late on the first day of September, one headline dominated the the Coconut Telegraph rumor mill in Key West: Margaritaville Mayor-for-Life Jimmy...

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Power pop legend Dwight Twilley, best known for the Top 20 hit single “I’m on Fire,” passed away on October 18. Twilley reportedly suffered...

Threefer – March Songs

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Threefer – “The Christmas Waltz”

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Author Talk – Matthew Horton’s new book on George Michael’s ‘Faith’

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Classic Disc: The B-52’s ‘Whammy’

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Author Talk – ‘Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell in Love with 80s...

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360°Sound recently had the pleasure of chatting with Glasgow, Scotland-based music journalist Steven Vass about his book Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell...

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SXSW Film Spotlight – ‘Diane Warren: Relentless’ director interview

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Tuesday Bird is 360°Sound's latest CD junkie. Shoutout to our friend and CD junkie Alex Aubuchon for tipping us off to Bird being an...

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Author Talk – ‘Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell in Love with 80s...

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360°Sound recently had the pleasure of chatting with Glasgow, Scotland-based music journalist Steven Vass about his book Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell...

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A new documentary film, Swamp Dogg Gets His Pool Painted, had its world premiere at SXSW 2024. It’s a wildly entertaining documentary about the...

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Madisons talk 19-date summer tour

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The Paul Rigby interview: Audiophile Man Talks CD

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Paul Rigby wants you to make room in your heart and your life for all music formats.  Known as "The Audiophile Man," Paul has...

Disney’s “Bruno” Streams to #1

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CD Junkies: Collector Jim Farley

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SXSW Film Spotlight – ‘The World According to Allee Willis’ director interview

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As part of our SXSW 2024 Spotlight series, 360°Sound had the pleasure of speaking with Alexis Spraic, director of a new documentary film, The...

Stevie Wonder’s Top 70s Deep Cuts

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On Stage: Patti Smith – Icon

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Patti Smith Royal Oak Music Theater Royal Oak, Michigan 16 September 2019 Funny thing about icons... sometimes they come right to your neighborhood. Punk pioneer and art-culture hero...

Madisons talk 19-date summer tour

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Q&A: Austin R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Fears

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360°Sound had a chance to speak with up-and-coming Austin-based R&B singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Fears. Originally from Houston, Fears moved to Austin in 2008...

WATCH: Blood Pumps’ new video “Love is a Paradox”

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Threefer: Betty Davis, ‘Godmother of Funk’

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Q&A: Dave Koz and Cory Wong talk new album ‘The Golden Hour’ – Pt....

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This is the second part of a two-part interview with saxophonist Dave Koz and guitarist Cory Wong. Smooth jazz icon Dave Koz and funk...

Author on 24-Carat Black’s ‘Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth’

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On Stage: Squeeze and Psychedelic Furs in Detroit

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Classic Disc: The B-52’s ‘Whammy’

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Producer: Steven Stanley Singles: "Legal Tender," "Whammy Kiss," "Song for a Future Generation," Fave album track: "Queen of Las Vegas" Release date: 27 April 1983 Label: Warner Bros. CD...

Alphaville’s Marian Gold talks new symphonic double LP

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Marian Gold, lead singer of the German synth-pop group Alphaville, was an adolescent in the early 1970s when he first listened to the hard...

10 Great Christine McVie singles

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The global popular culture recently lost an extraordinary voice with the passing of Christine Anne Perfect, popularly known as Christine McVie. She was not...

Director Denny Tedesco talks new film ‘Immediate Family’

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Now that's the spirit! In 1976, the United States of America celebrated its 200th birthday. I celebrated my tenth. America celebrated with parades, fireworks and...

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UPDATE February 4, 2024 – Joni Mitchell movingly performed "Both Sides Now" at tonight's Grammy Awards ceremony. She looked great, seated comfortably in her...

LISTEN: Marina Allen’s new single “Or Else”

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SXSW Artist Spotlight: Aleighcia Scott

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Radio DJ Art Baker, host of the Austin, Texas-based classic ska and reggae program Jamaican Gold, will honor the late great singer, producer, and...

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360°Sound’s CD Junkies series continues to spotlight fascinating CD collectors from around the world. Our latest CD junkie is Ian Wobble, a 42-year-old post-punk...

SXSW Artist Spotlight – Blind Channel

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It's not often that I get to hang out with a nü metal boy band from Finland, but that's exactly what we did on...

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I was introduced to Newcastle, UK hard rock band Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs in Austin recently at SXSW 2023. We were...

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by Ari Karnezis Hungry for Stink – L7 producer: L7, GGGarth Singles: “Andres,” “Stuck Here Again,” “Can I Run” Fave album track: "Questioning My Sanity" Release date:12 July 1994 Label:...

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When multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, Nick Cave’s longtime – and long-bearded – collaborator, took the stage at Moody Theatre, home of Austin City Limits, last...

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It's Rocktology! Our Top CDs of the '90s tournament. This tournament is as much about the audio format as it is about the artists who...

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  I think we can all agree that Rush is one of the biggest bands to come out of Canada. Many would also contend Rush...