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Pretenders album release set for Sept. 23

By malcolm Published: July 24, 2008

Akron homer and Rock Hall inductee Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders will be releasing a new album called Break Up The Concrete to be released on Tuesday, September 23 through Shangri-La Music

But just as other veteran acts such as the Eagles, Madonna and Earth Wind & Fire, are embracing the future of the music business so are The Pretenders and Shangri-La.


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John Mayer at Blossom

By malcolm Published: July 18, 2008

When singer/songwriter/guitarist John Mayer played Blossom in 2004, he seemed to be a conflicted artist. Between songs he kept ripping of searing guitar licks, stopping himself and then returning to his groovy, adult alternative pop tunes as if he was afraid to unleash his inner guitar hero for fear of alienating the folks who just wanted to be told their body was a wonderland. Eventually, his inner guitar hero escaped and he played a seemingly off the cuff and credible take on Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child (Slight Return).

Since then Mayer has given that inner guitar hero plenty of room to breathe, particularly on Try! his 2005 live trio album with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino and his recent multi-format Live album Where The Light Is.
In 2008 the pop star and the guitar hero have merged and Thursday night at Blossom in front of a large, multi-generational, multi-cultural crowd he successfully channeled both sides of his artistic nature, and with his natural stage charisma and enthusiasm Mayer held fans in the palm of his fretboard fondling hands for nearly two hours.

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Bone Thugs - N- Harmony reunite

By malcolm Published: July 15, 2008

For the first time in more than a decade Cleveland rap crew Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are a quintet.
Stanley "Flesh N Bone" Howse, 34 who has spent the last 10 years in prison for brandishing an AK-47 at a friend was released Monday, July 13 from a California penitentiary.
All reports that Howse was greeted by friends and family including crew members Krayzie, Layzie (a.ka. his brother Steven Howse), Bizzy and Wish Bone.

“It feels amazing, refreshing, exciting [and] I'm so happy for him to finally come home to his family and friends and fans,” Bone Thug’s longtime manager Steve Lobel told “Flesh is a very great, loving, talented, creative individual. We have a lot of memories together. Hopefully we can have more.”

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Stone Temple Pilots rock E.J. Thomas

By malcolm Published: July 8, 2008

After being ousted from rehab/rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, troubled singer Scott Weiland fell back into the waiting arms of his former bandmates in 90's Grunge kings Stone Temple Pilots and the band hit the road.

As expected the reunion tour has been quite successful but also met with its share of bumps without including Weiland's November DUI arrest.

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Tim McGraw wows and woos Blossom

By malcolm Published: July 3, 2008

Tim McGraw has been a country music superstar for more than 15 years and mainstream pop star for a decade taking the mantle of crossover king from the semi-retired Garth Brooks and racking up a string of country and pop chart topping albums and sell out tours alone and with his crossover superstar wife Faith Hill.
One of the ways McGraw has topped both charts is he’s not afraid to cross-pollinate his music mixing in crunchy rock, slick soul and big pop ballads with his neo-traditional country and contemporary honky-tonk.

Wednesday night at Blossom McGraw and his longtime band the Dancehall Doctors wowed and wooed a near sellout crowd of screaming women who wish they could touch his chiseled body and urban cowboys who would love to drink a beer with him.
McGraw’s superstar status doesn’t stop him from bucking the fairly codified country music system by using his touring band in the studio and recording tunes with rappers and rockers. While many artists have stopped playing soon to be released songs in concert because of camera phones and Youtube, McGraw opened the Blossom show with a solid new song, Still from his next album due in the fall and played three more new songs.

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