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It’s not the way guitars are supposed to be played, but it makes a noticeable impact.
Amplified Observations: Bob Dylan recedes into the confundity of desire in the Western-like narrative 'Isis'By Luke Furman | Apr. 10, 2018
There’s a lot to unpack in Bob Dylan’s 1976 track “Isis.”
Mountains not only represent obstacles to lyricists but also can be a kind of refuge away from modern chaos.
Despite a politically charged album title, Yo La Tengo deliver its most lulling and reflective record ever.
With the absence of an emcee, instrumental hip-hop focuses on the musicality of drum and sample-based tunes.
Amplified Observations: Kamasi Washington gives new life to Debussy’s 'Clair de Lune' on his 2015 opusBy Luke Furman | Mar. 6, 2018
Modern interpretations of classical works breathe new life into yellowing music sheets.
Amplified Observations: Blind Willie Johnson wrote the most depressing song ever; you know which oneBy Luke Furman | Feb. 27, 2018
Since its studio recording in 1927, Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” transcends all other attempts to convey depression and suffering through music.
Amplified Observations: Special bond formed by driver and CDs in the center console will outlast the formatBy Luke Furman | Feb. 19, 2018
With stores such as Best Buy and Target discontinuing CD sales, the last bastion of life for the once state-of-the-art format rests right behind the car radio.
Amplified Observations: If a band sounds like a government agency or entity, it probably makes great ambient musicBy Luke Furman | Feb. 12, 2018
For some reason, the best ambient bands and musicians all adopt names that evoke administrative control and bureaucratic process.