RECORD STORE DAY(S) 2020 – PICKS AND HOPES

I’ve never really been able to get involved with the craziness of Record Store Day other than helping to hype and promote the hell out of it; usually I’m broke or working. Normally held on the third Saturday in April each year since 2008, with a mini-version on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) each year since 2010, the pandemic has kind of screwed them up in a major way this year, as it has so many things. The idea behind the day is to promote local record stores, and hundreds of them participate in the limited releases that are

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Billboard’s “Best Boy Band Albums” list is questionable at best..

Earlier this week, Billboard published their list of the 30 best albums by boy bands over the past 30 years, and it was an interesting read. It covered four decades of boy bands with all genres, styles, and countries included…but there’s one problem with the list – not all of the bands included fall into the technical definition of “boy band”. Wikipedia gives the following definition of “boy band”: “A boy band (or boyband) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation,

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THE TKR COLLECTION: Disco-fied Classics

Back in the mid-1970s, a new form of dance music started to evolve, a mix of traditional Soul/R&B music with some 70s pop sense and beats thrown in. The powers that be called it “disco” after the clubs the music became popular in. And it was good. Or mostly good. I admit it, I grew up in the age of disco, and loved quite a bit of it. Disco really got rolling as a major force in music in a big way in 1974, with Billboard Hot 100 number one hits “Rock The Boat” by Hues Corporation and “Rock Your

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STAR TALENT: Some AGT up-and-comers from this season’s final auditions

STAR TALENT covers acts who have participated in and are possibly best known from their appearances on talent shows, both in the U.S. and around the world. I’m gonna kick this new column off with a spotlight on four incredible young acts who made their debut on the 6/30 edition of America’s Got Talent, in a really unusual situation – this was the last of this season’s audition shows, and was the only one shot without a live studio audience. And since a show like AGT is largely fed by audience reaction, these four performers really stood out, and should

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