Soul Serenade: The Magnificent Men, "Peace of Mind"

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My latest Soul Serenade column for Popdose features the Magnificent Men with their hit single “Peace of Mind”:

“When I first encountered the legend of the Magnificent Men, it was like something out of a movie. According to the story, this group of white kids from Harrisburg and York, PA were booked to play at the famous Uptown Theater in Philadelphia, a prime stop on what was called the “chitlin’ circuit” back in the day. Since the venue generally booked African-American artists, and given the sound of the band on record and radio, the audience had every expectation that they were there to see a band that was, well, black. When the curtain rose, revealing the band, I imagine a hush fell over the crowd, just as it did in the
Buddy Holly Story. The legend goes on to say that the band earned seven encores that night.”

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TV Review: "When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors" | Popdose

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The first feature length documentary on The Doors, When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors, debut on PBS American Masters tonight. My review has been posted to Popdose:

“You probably decided whether you are going to watch the latest installment of the great PBS series
American Masters tonight when you saw the title. Because when it comes to the Doors, opinion is most definitely divided. You either love the Doors, and think that they were one of the most important bands of the ’60s, or you dismiss them as overrated, and deride their lack of musicianship. I fall into the former category, but even here at Popdose some of my colleagues are in the latter. That’s fine. It’s differences in musical taste that make rock and roll the subject of endless discussions.”

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CD Review: Everest, "On Approach" | Popdose

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My review of the new Everest album, On Approach, was posted to Popdose this morning:

“A funny thing happened to Everest on the road to releasing their second album. The plan was to release the album on Vapor Records, just as they had released their 2008 album,
Ghost Notes. Suddenly a sort of ’stop the presses’ e-mail appeared in my inbox shortly before the April 20 release date. It seems that Everest had a very successful SXSW showcase, so successful in fact that it resulted in the band jumping to Warner Brothers Records with their new album On Approach, which caused the album to be delayed for a few weeks. It’s here now though, and it’s living proof that once in awhile even the major record labels make a smart decision. Now we can only hope that the new album gets the marketing push that it so richly deserves.”

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