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Music Review: Holly Bowling – ‘Better Left Unsung’ (Solo Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead)

On the surface, you might think that limiting the songs of a band that thrived on the interplay between various parts – most importantly the lead and rhythm guitars of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir – wouldn't work, but you’d be mistaken. There is power and subtlety in these reinterpretations that I think Garcia would have admired, as his own personal tastes seemed to range to the more subdued and authentic soul of acoustic performances.

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Music Review: Frank Zappa – ‘ZAPPAtite: Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks’

From the sonic exuberance of “Dancin’ Fool” and “Tell Me You Love Me” to the funky dissonance of “You Are What You Is” and “Joe’s Garage” to the bathroom-humor excellence of “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Titties and Beer,” this album will give you just as much of a “taste” for Frank Zappa’s music as his son’s "Zappa Plays Zappa" did for me some eight years ago.

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Concert Review: Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival 2016 Rocked Las Vegas with Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, and Luke Bryan

The Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival brought joy, country music, fun and surprises to the Las Vegas Strip, September 30 to October 2. The three-day event provided excitement each day, taking place at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, giving it the feel and experience of a traditional music festival like Stagecoach but enabling you to sleep in a Vegas hotel instead of your camper.

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Music CD/DVD Review: Joe Bonamassa – ‘Live at the Greek Theatre’

Bonamassa and his band fire on all cylinders on this live 2-CD or 2-DVD set. Recorded, amazingly, at a single sold-out Los Angeles concert in 2015, the selections pay tribute to the three "Kings" of the blues: Freddie King, Albert King, and Bonamassa's mentor B.B. King.

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Music Review: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – ‘Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years’

Back when the term "Americana" just meant pioneer-era antiques, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was bringing American folk music into the pop-music mainstream. To celebrate half a century of making music, the group is releasing a live album of 18 favorite tunes recorded at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium, many featuring guest artists from the pantheon of folk, Americana, and country music.

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Music Review: My Chemical Romance – ‘The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts’ [10th Anniversary Edition]

If you’re not a fan of the band but want to experience one of the more potent albums to come from the wave of bands labeled as “emo” during the last decade, then you should definitely consider this landmark release from My Chemical Romance.

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