It may have something to do with being in an aircraft. At an altitude of 30,000 feet, you do tend to do stuff that you may not otherwise consider. So, although I normally scrupulously avoid listening to songs sung in languages that I don’t understand, on a recent flight, while listening to a podcast I stumbled across a band called Niyaz. Read more

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March has been a bonanza for fans of the band, Phish. For not only did these kings of the jam band scene reunite after breaking up nearly five years ago, for those who couldn’t make it to their three-day marathon concerts (the venue was at Hampton in the US state of Virginia, after all), they put up the three concerts, held on March 6, 7 and 8, in their entirety on the Internet for free downloads.. Read more

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Okay, I’ll be very honest with you. It was their name that lured me into listening to their music. I mean how could I not listen to a band called Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers? Wouldn’t you? Both parts of the New York-based band’s name were interesting. Read more

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When I wrote a couple of months back about The Hold Steady and the lure of their frontman Craig Finn’s harsh, nasal, sometimes unmelodic, but totally endearing voice, I got an email from Rachel Tanzer who used to handle their artist relations before she moved out of the US to work in India. Rachel urged me to check out Lifter Puller, a band that Finn fronted in the early 1990s before The Hold Steady was formed. Read more

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One of my favourite live rock concerts is a double album by Widespread Panic called Light Fuse, Get Away. Like many bands that I like, Panic are best heard live and are among the most itinerant of today’s bands, sometimes doing more than 200 shows a year. Light Fuse, Get Away is a double album of 19 songs culled from various shows and was released way back in 1998. Read more

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