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Jenny Lewis: Tiny Desk Concert

Credit: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR Having seen Jenny Lewis’ recent concert spectacle, with its Las Vegas sparkle — complete with a multi-level stage — I loved ...

An AV Enthusiast’s Guide to Home Networking

Today’s AV systems have become inseparable from our computer networks. Whether you’re streaming content from the Internet or your own media stored locally, you are ...

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review

Sonic the Hedgehog Review By Matthew Passantino Lord of the Ring Another video game adaptation? Must we do this again? It’s easy to be weary ...

In ‘Once Were Brothers,’ The Band’s Earliest Years Shine

Enlarge this image The Band in London, June 1971. From left: Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns hide ...

Apple TV 4K Streaming Media Player Reviewed (2020 Update)

Although it’s become something of a joke in the past generation or so, it’s true that for decades (even well into my childhood) we Alabamians ...

Chris Dave And The Drumhedz: Tiny Desk Concert

Credit: Catie Dull/NPR “If you’ve never been to a Drumhedz show… …we’re gonna take you on a quick journey as if you’re going through a ...

Chris Dave And The Drumhedz: Tiny Desk Concert

Credit: Catie Dull/NPR “If you’ve never been to a Drumhedz show… …we’re gonna take you on a quick journey as if you’re going through a ...

Elisapie: Tiny Desk Concert

Credit: Photo by Mhari Shaw/NPR Watching Elisapie perform, her intensity is undeniable. I feel it in her gaze, in her deep, soulful bellow. Elisapie is ...

Archers Of Loaf Returns With ‘Raleigh Days,’ Its First Song In Over 20 Years

Enlarge this image Archers of Loaf. Spencer Black/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Spencer Black/Courtesy of the artist When Archers of Loaf reunited ...

In ‘Counterpoint’ Bach Helps An Art Critic Mourn A Mother Whose Criticism Lingers

How can one mourn a parent whose harsh judgments frame childhood? This question haunts Philip Kennicott’s Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. Kennicott is ...

Snoh Aalegra: Tiny Desk Concert

Credit: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR Almost without trying, Snoh Aalegra has an unforgettable presence. Strolling into NPR’s music department on the day of her Tiny Desk ...

Parasound Halo A 21+ Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

After 15 years of devoted service, Parasound has retired its beloved Halo A 21 amplifier. Its replacement, the Halo A 21+, is priced a little ...

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit Announce New Album, Release ‘Be Afraid’

[embedded content] YouTube Jason Isbell, former Drive-By Trucker and current 400 Unit leader, has announced the follow-up to the Grammy-winning 2017 album The Nashville Sound ...

19th Amendment, 19 Women: NY Philharmonic’s 2020 Program Celebrates Suffragists

Enlarge this image Tania León speaks at the premiere of her piece “Stride,” one of 19 pieces composed by women that the New York Philharmonic ...

Sonos Connect Wireless Home Audio Receiver Reviewed (A Little Too Late)

In 24 years of publishing and writing specialty audio/video content, I have never come across a situation like I have with this Sonos Connect review. ...

Could Coronavirus Be Worse Than Trump’s Tariffs for Specialty AV?

It doesn’t matter what type of media you consume – be it TV, new media, social media, what have you – you’ve certainly heard about ...

Coriky, Ian MacKaye’s New Band With Joe Lally And Amy Farina, Announces Debut Album

Enlarge this image Joe Lally, Amy Farina and Ian MacKaye in paper cut-out form. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the ...

H. L. Mencken

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” Quotes of ...

Viking’s Choice: Calypso Help, Glacial Ambient, Youth Crew Hardcore

Enlarge this image “Lord Invader will never surrender / Me one alone,” the calypso singer boasts on 1960’s Calypso Travels. Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways hide ...

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