Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


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In 2011, along with Nirvana’s Nevermind producer Butch Vig , the band embarked on an ambitious project to record an album in Grohl’s garage using only analog equipment. That endeavor became the Grammy award winning album Wasting Light, and the follow-up to that commercial success is an even bigger project known as Sonic Highways.

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If the Monterey Pop Festival was the precursor to Woodstock, then the Monterey Jazz Festival is the outdoor concert pioneer. In its 57th year, the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) brought together something old and something new to the 30,000 plus people in attendance.

I’ve seen Cheap Trick in concert 10 times in the last decade, and nine of those performances were in different ZIP codes. Why? Because they’re one of the best live acts out there.

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Absent from the American live scene since the late ’70s, the British pop-art band played its first New York date in 35 years at the Concert Hall this past July.