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And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Dweezil Zappa breathes new life into father's songs

Charles Martin August 9th, 2007

Dweezil Zappa has put together "Zappa Plays Zappa," a show to celebrate the vast catalogue of music of his father, rock icon Frank Zappa, who died in 1993. "If you want to gain an audience, you need ...


Dweezil Zappa has put together "Zappa Plays Zappa," a show to celebrate the vast catalogue of music of his father, rock icon Frank Zappa, who died in 1993.

"If you want to gain an audience, you need exposure," Zappa said. "Frank won't ever be on the radio like Beyoncé. (After seeing the show), hopefully, the audience will be interested in going to explore it in its natural form."

The show developed as Zappa started tapping musicians to perform the music faithfully. Some of Frank's most notable alumni " including Steve Vai and Ray White " sometimes make appearances at the show. Zappa wanted to create a show that flowed as well as his father's.

"I wanted to create an arc in the show," he said. "The set list needed variety and balance in how things go together. Frank had songs that segued so well in a show that it sounded like one piece of music."

The show also will avoid the works that utilized the elder Zappa's vocals that were, to say the least, unique.

"There were certain things that Frank was able to do with his vocal style: the sarcasm and the satire," Zappa said. "I leave those to Frank to do on his record and for people to listen to in stereo. They are popular with the fan base, but it is not my intent to recreate that. Frank is the only one who can do that well." "Charles Martin

For the full story, pick up a copy of Oklahoma Gazette.

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