Rachael Price—Get Her Before She’s Gone
Jan20

Rachael Price—Get Her Before She’s Gone

[Update, Jan 22, 2014: As this article from the Wall Street Journal explains, Rachael Price's days as an interpreter of the American Songbook are behind her, or at least on hold. See videos down this page to understand why that's happening and why, in this case, it's good for everyone. Get all of Rachael's music here.  See Lake Street Dive's tour schedule here. Listen to the new album on The Colbert Report website here.]   At 28,...

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Giveaway Winner!
May11

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Michael Buble has the number-one CD in the country, and to acknowledge his accomplishment, we gave away a signed copy of the hardcover photo-biography Michael Bublé: Flying High (Flame Tree Publishing) by Mike Gent, with a foreword and signature by Tune Tribune Editorial Director Rusty Cutchin. Click here to see the winner’s name (chosen at random by Rafflecopter). Thanks to everyone who entered and to you for...

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You’ve Got a Friend Again
Dec18

You’ve Got a Friend Again

On December 13, the Library of Congress announced that Carole King would be the recipient of the 2013 Gershwin Prize in Popular Song. It seems like only yesterday that I unleashed a rabid tirade directed at the august committee of experts that awards the Gershwin Prize. I was called to action not so much by resentment of the choice for 2012—the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David—as by a need to smirk. I felt the committee had taken...

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Review: McCartney’s Kisses
Feb28

Review: McCartney’s Kisses

Hugs by Krall, Clapton, & Co.   Of all the pop stars who have issued tribute albums to American pop standards, Paul McCartney is in some ways the least likely to wind his way down the nostalgia lane. In other ways, you might wonder why it took him so long. After all, he was the Beatle who sprinkled the group’s later records with his takes on very old-school arrangements, “When I’m 64″ being probably...

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Whither Wainwright?
Feb24

Whither Wainwright?

Update, February 27, 2011: Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna will be staged by the New York City Opera in spring of 2012, the company announced. Here is the page from Wainwright’s website, with a brief video. Below is a consideration of Wainwright’s 2006 recreation of Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert, a seminal event in pop-music history. (The comment about Christina Aguilera takes on new meaning...

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Mary Cleere Haran (1952–2011)
Feb06

Mary Cleere Haran (1952–2011)

The cabaret world was stunned by the sudden death of Mary Cleere Haran on February 5 following a bike accident in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where the singer lived. Haran was struck by a car backing our of a driveway and never regained consciousness. Haran was a major star in the New York supper-club world and a respected authority on the American Songbook. She can be seen in the Michael Feinstein documentary The Great American...

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The Long and Short of “Show Boat”

June 24, 2008—On June 10th I attended the concert staging of “Show Boat” at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times review is here, but my own feelings are echoed most closely by Steven Suskin’s review in Variety. A week later TCM replayed the 1951 MGM film version, which starred Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. These two versions illustrate the essential fact of the “Show Boat” universe: no two versions are exactly alike. The...

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