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    Album Review: Judgement Day, Berkeley

    Loud, sensational, and classy, the group Judgement Day does what few musicians can- merge genres and styles with aplomb and brilliance. They are by no means a household name. But while replacing pop conventions with snappy instrumentals, upbeat tones with the dark and brooding, and guitar-rock flair with violins and cellos, they find a tender uniqueness all their own. I first caught Judgement Day opening for the progressive rock group dredg; a group that cull comfort in the excessive, painting musical landscapes with bright multi-tiered palettes, and use brushstrokes to almost literal levels of musical clarity. Their sweeping album “El Cielo” from 2002 reached one of the greatest pinnacles of musical…

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    Lindsay Dragan: The Interview

    On a humid summer evening in mid-July in New York City, singer, songwriter, musician and dreamer, Erin Lindsay Dragan, chats with me about the city from which she came, (a city legendary for its steel and its indomitable football team), the city she presently calls home and her current project; funding a full-length album via Rockethub. Crowdfunding is undergoing a Renaissance, with artists of all sorts seeking ‘arts patronage’ online. The concept is a simple one; an artist comes up with an idea, to make a film, design a clothing line, create a graphic novel, or, as in Erin’s case, record an album. They take it to their fans, who…

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    Album Review: Br1ght Pr1mate, Boston

    When Br1ght Pr1mate flashed across my computer screen, urging me to click on through to the other side, I found myself intrigued. Their ‘genre’ of music, is called Chiptune. I thought of Chippendales, those beefcakes that brightened up many a ‘girls nights out’ from my flirty thirty eras. Then I thought of Alvin& The Chipmunks from my parenting years, and then back to the dancing naughty boys colliding with the sexual fantasy of my Milf reign. It was a nice stroll down the proverbial ‘memory lane’, but indeed the Chiptune music scene is none of these things. According to Wikipedia, “A chiptune also known as chip music or 8-bit music,…