Columbo the Crooner: Guitarist-author Lenny Kaye delves into a decades-old musical mystery

Columbo the Crooner: Guitarist-author Lenny Kaye delves into a decades-old musical mystery

The longtime guitarist for Patti Smith wrote a biography on 1930s crooner Russ Columbo. Continue reading Columbo the Crooner: Guitarist-author Lenny Kaye delves into a decades-old musical mystery

CD Review: Patti Smith

CD Review: Patti Smith

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Patti Smith
Banga
Columbia
By David Chiu

Banga is the punk poet’s first new album of original material since 2004’s Trampin’, and it furthers on her powerful words accompanied by dynamic electric rock. Continue reading “CD Review: Patti Smith”

CD Review: Patti Smith

Patti Smith
Outside Society
Arista/Columbia/Legacy
By David Chiu

Had  Patti Smith had made her debut album Horses in 2011 rather in 1975, there is hardly a chance it would have been released on a major label. That’s how different and groundbreaking that album was and 36 years later, it’s still remains a timeless work. Since that album, Smith’s music has always drawn on the avant-garde, the influence of the Beat poetry, and rip-roaring rock and roll. Her legendary career is celebrated on this new single-disc compilation spanning from Horses through 2007’s 12 Songs. Continue reading “CD Review: Patti Smith”