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Ken Richardson Posted: Jan 26, 2004 0 comments

Readers are often surprised by what our Top 10 lists include and exclude. That's a given for any Top 10 list. But this year, we should explain why a certain album doesn't get one of our annual S&V Entertainment Awards - and why a certain movie gets a second one.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Actually, Sony would prefer that you call its branded vending machines "automated kiosks." And the machines' maker, Zoom Systems, refers to them as "robotic stores." Whatever you call 'em, the Sony Access units are currently being test-marketed in various locations, including: • Malls: FlatIron Crossing (Broomfield, Colorado), Mall of Georgia (Buford), and Santa Rosa

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 02, 2013 0 comments

The Band Perry: Pioneer

New release (Republic Nashville; tour dates)
Photo by Robby Klein

Sophomore slump? Not here. As soon as the banjo on the opening track, “Better Dig Two,” makes room for some choice electric-guitar power chords before the two instruments dance together, it’s clear that The Band Perry has lost none of its charm or chops.

Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 07, 2007 0 comments

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 09, 2013 0 comments

Robert Pollard: Honey Locust Honky Tonk

New release (GBV Inc.; tour dates for Guided by Voices)
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

When you’re the prolific Robert Pollard and you tend to release dozens of songs each year on multiple albums, one thing is certain (despite what the ultra-faithful think): Not every song on every album is going to be a gem. This is particularly true when you’re being especially prolific — as in the past 18 months, when Pollard has released four albums and one EP with his reunited main band, Guided by Voices, and now three solo albums, for a total of 130 songs, 97 of which he wrote alone and another 13 of which he co-wrote.

That said, more things are certain: The gems are far more prevalent, and typically they’re truly sparkling.

Ken Richardson Posted: Dec 03, 2007 0 comments
Obligatory Villagers Hungry Mouse/Vanguard
Music •••• Sound ••••½

She has made two double albums (Get Away fr

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 17, 2011 0 comments


Maybe not exactly ever, but it sure seemed that way. After all, unlike recent "keynotes" at the SXSW Music Festival - which have tended to be mere Q&As with an onstage interviewer - Bob Geldof's talk this morning was an actual keynote speech. And an enthralling one at that.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 10, 2001 0 comments

It seems like yesterday that the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival began as a local gathering in Austin, Texas. But it's actually been 15 years - and today, what is simply known as SXSW has morphed into the American music industry's largest event.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments

I've come to Electric Lady Studios in New York City for - what? Yet another remastering of the Jimi Hendrix catalog? Actually, that's coming next year (I kid you not). But the subject at hand, after a 22-year wait, is the Beatles making only their second appearance on CD. And it's time for a first listen to a handful of songs and a chat with some members of the remastering team.