Archive for April 23rd, 2011

Movies: Stan Kenton – Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend (2011)

Stan Kenton would have been 100 this year and, in many ways, he’s as misunderstood now as he was in his own time.

Something Else! Featured Artist: Styx

A band suspended forever between the formalism of Dennis DeYoung’s Broadway pretensions and the harder-edged banalities of James Young and Tommy Shaw, Styx sounded different every time it came on the radio. Yet, critics insisted, somehow the same: Mediocre.

Christy Murphy – Feeling Good Looking Good (2011)

When Christy Murphy’s off-kilter sensibility and spare folk-rock jangle mesh, as on the YouTube hit “Single Girl’s Love Song,” her album Feeling Good Looking Good is a merry little distraction.