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Albums Revisited: a-ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)

Albums Revisited: a-ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)

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The Norwegian band has long been regarded as an A-lister in the halls of New Wave greats. In a stellar three-decade career, a-ha has come up with 10 studio albums, the latest of which

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Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)

Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)

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One of the pioneers of Synthpop (barring, of course, the much earlier architects the likes of Can, Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Gary Numan), and also a frontliner during the ’80s phase of New

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Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

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I was at Club Dredd Timog, in the summer of 1992, when a friend, Ramon Ceballos Jr., who was also there at the legendary club that night, told me that there was a new

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Despite Covid, New Albums for 2020

Despite Covid, New Albums for 2020

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Farewell to a Great Rock Guitarist

Farewell to a Great Rock Guitarist

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On October 6, 2020, his family announced that Eddie Van Halen’s died that day. He succumbed to the throat cancer that had been ailing him for several years. He was 65. Born on January

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Introducing: Rush

Introducing: Rush

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Rush may be associated more with Progressive Rock; but in the advent of the 1980s, the Canadian band had incorporated obvious New Wave elements in some of their songs released in the decade. After

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Piano-Oriented Classical Music

Piano-Oriented Classical Music

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I may be an aficionado of the contemporary Pop and Rock genres of music; however, Classical is another genre that I love listening to. Seldom do I encounter people who are into this kind

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New Album Releases for 2019 (part 2)

New Album Releases for 2019 (part 2)

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Broods – Don’t Feed the Pop Monsters Still one of the worthy purveyors of Synthpop in the current decade is Broods, whose debut album was released in 2014. The followup came in 2016, after

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New Album Releases for 2019 (part 1)

New Album Releases for 2019 (part 1)

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It’s only February but music enthusiasts are already being treated to a slew of new albums that would be parts of the last year of the current decade, 2010s. Here are some of them.

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