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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rock Interview: Nils Lofgren — Being “Blue With Lou” by Blake Maddux

"Since the late ‘60s I’ve been up and down the Northeast corridor, and Boston’s always one of our favorite stops." The post Rock Interview: Nils Lofgren — Being “Blue With Lou” a…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Book Review: “The Ideas That Made America” — Not Made in America by Blake Maddux

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s The Ideas That Made America makes for an exciting, if quicksilver, tour through intellectual history. The post Book Review: “The Ideas That Made America” …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Rock Preview: A Salute to the New Wave That Followed on the Heels of the First Wave by Blake Maddux

Dino Cattaneo saw an opportunity to mark another ruby anniversary with the help of “killer” – his word of choice – local artists. The post Rock Preview: A Salute to the New Wave Tha…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Rock Album Review: Juliana Hatfield’s “Weird” — In Customary Fine Form by Blake Maddux

Overall, Juliana Hatfield's Weird is closer to good than to great. The post Rock Album Review: Juliana Hatfield’s “Weird” — In Customary Fine Form appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Book Interview: Tina Cassidy on the Woman Who Made Women’s Sufferage Happen by Blake Maddux

Tina Cassidy talks about her revealing and enjoyable new book about how a woman’s right to vote became enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The post Book Interview: Tina Cassidy on the Woma…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Music Interview: Martin Phillipps of The Chills by Blake Maddux

It would appear that Martin Phillipps and company are experiencing a late-career renaissance that bodes well for their future. The post Music Interview: Martin Phillipps of The Chills appear…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Music Interview: Talking With Colin Blunstone — Post-Zombies by Blake Maddux

"It’s a very exciting prospect that your peers think your worthy to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." The post Music Interview: Talking With Colin Blunstone — Post-Zo…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rock, Pop, and Folk Feature: Favorite Albums of 2018 — The Delightful Dozen by Blake Maddux

Here are 12 albums that come out in 2018 that I liked.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Interview: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices by Blake Maddux

The author’s combination of knowledge and experience has resulted in a boisterous chronicle of one of indie rock’s least probable but most luminous and unremitting stars.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Interview: Robert W. Fieseler on the legacy of the “Tinderbox” by Blake Maddux

The first book on the largest mass killing of gays and lesbians in the United States until the 2016 massacre at Pulse.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Music Interview: Thomas Dolby — Music, Entrepreneurship, and Academia. by Blake Maddux

"Rather than encourage the machines to behave like machines, I chose to find ways to sort of use them to create a very cinematic and atmospheric soundscapes."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review: “Dreaming The Beatles” — A Missed Opportunity by Blake Maddux

Rob Sheffield seemed to have promised a whale of an original tale but delivered only a few goldfish.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Music Interview: Jesse Colin Young and his Boston Roots by Blake Maddux

Jesse Colin Young's best material is worthy of favorable comparisons to Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot, and the unrelated Neil Young.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Pop Rock CD Review: Sloan’s “12” — By Jove, they’ve done it again! by Blake Maddux

Sloan is a brand that stands for high-quality, retro-flavored pop that is rarely hackneyed or derivative.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Book/Music Feature: “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968” by Blake Maddux

Dedham native and Boston University graduate Ryan H. Walsh wanted to learn more about the local connections to what he calls his “favorite album of all time.”

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Music Interview: Vancouver’s Dan Bejar, Leader of the band Destroyer by Blake Maddux

"There’s not too many people wanting their money back, thinking that they’re at a Pig Destroyer show or Destroyer 666."

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Interview: Why Does Bob Dylan Matter? by Blake Maddux

"I see him as the greatest artist of the English language, it happens to be in song, of the second half of the 20th century.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Music Interview: Badfinger’s “Straight Up” — Live and Complete by Blake Maddux

"Playing with John Lennon was a big deal. He was very cool and very nice. Very much like the John Lennon that you imagine, you know."

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Music/Book Interview: Ann Powers — On Love, Sex, and Popular Music by Blake Maddux

“As morality shifts,” NPR's Ann Powers writes, “music does, too, helping people navigate those boundaries.”

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Interview: Danny Goldberg on the Essence of Hippiness by Blake Maddux

"To me, '67 was a year that was different from what came after it."

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Music Interview: Matthew Sweet — Power Pop Master by Blake Maddux

Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene return to town to brighten the Music Hall in Allston.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Music Feature: Corin Ashley — A Spectacular Return by Blake Maddux

The Malden resident’s new album is particularly impressive under the circumstances -- he suffered a major stroke in January 2016.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Music Appreciation: The Sadies — Still Going Strong on “Northern Passages” by Blake Maddux

The album Northern Passages has left me without any doubt that The Sadies are worthy of every iota of praise they have received.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Concert Review: Men at Work’s Colin Hay — Solo Success Achieved by Blake Maddux

Colin Hay need no longer worry about job security as a touring and recording artist.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: “In the Midnight Hour” — The Tempestuous Life of Wilson Pickett by Blake Maddux

Tony Fletcher’s research is impeccable, his sources are unimpeachable, and his style is thoroughly engaging.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Music Interview: Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols — A “Lonely Boy” by Blake Maddux

Having long gotten “the short end of the stick,” Sex Pistols founding member Steve Jones decided to write his autobiography.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Music Interview: Tommy Stinson — The Living Embodiment of Rock-and-Roll? by Blake Maddux

Anything Could Happen is a 12-song collection that is as good as anything that a fan could have hoped for from Tommy Stinson.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Music Interview: Kristin Hersh — Making the Best Music of Her Life by Blake Maddux

"There should never have been the cult of the rock star. That just shouldn’t have happened."

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fuse Book Interview: William F. Buckley on TV’s “Firing Line” — “Open to Debate” by Blake Maddux

"Conservatism was his perspective, but William F. Buckley was really interested in having the other side on and having real discussions."

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Music Interview: Jay Ferguson of Sloan — Celebrating “One Chord to Another” by Blake Maddux

"I’d be happy to start making a new record tomorrow, but I don’t know if we’ve all decided what the next move is."

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Fuse Book Review: Altamont — Rock’s Worst Day? by Blake Maddux

As a work of history, a journalistic account, and an astute study of a troubled subculture, Altamont is so engrossing that it almost disarms criticism.

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