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Duff McDonald

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Shovels & Rope at Bowery Ballroom

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Thursday night, Charleston came to Chrystie Street by way of the Bowery Ballroom. On tour supporting their latest release, O' Be Joyful, the South Carolina-based duo Shovels & Rope brought what one reviewer has referred to as a "music-from-the-back-porch country sound" to a bunch of hipsters who probably...

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M. Ward: The Thinking Man's Musician

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 7:14 PM

When M. Ward walked onto the stage at Webster Hall on Friday night, his sleeves were rolled up like a man ready to put in a solid effort for the crowd. More than two hours, 24 songs, and two encores later, he had done just that. It was the third...

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Alabama Shakes at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

(12) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 11:08 AM

If you'll permit the minor indiscretion, I'll skip to the punch line of a review of last night's Alabama Shakes concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg: the show was awesome. Period. If you have a chance to catch them on their current tour, which hopscotches between the U.S. and...

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Miike Snow at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 4:42 PM

Standing up on the balcony for Swedish electro pop Miike Snow's gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, one couldn't help but be struck by the paucity of bearded 22-year-olds in the packed crowd below. What's up with that, Williamsburg? But as soon as he took the stage, front...

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Sweet Hearts for Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Looking for a soundtrack to your amorous endeavors this Valentine's Day and beyond? Look no further than, where individually accomplished, L.A.-based songwriters Priscilla Ahn and Charlie Wadhams, recording under the name Sweet Hearts, have teamed up to deliver a free, five-song gift to lovers everywhere.

Ahn, who...

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Two Short Thoughts About One Short Article

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2006 | 11:00 AM

In search of something to say about the World Cup, other than Why No Canada?, I came across a short story on the weekend that appeared from Agence France-Presse.

The headline was intriguing enough:
Two die as hardline Islamists ban World Cup

I have two short thoughts...

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Hank Paulson, Colored by Numbers

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2006 | 11:25 PM

After much wooing, Henry M. Paulson Jr., longtime chairman and CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs, has agreed to be the next Secretary of the Treasury. Have you heard? I would guess that you have. In the mere week since the announcement, his nomination by President George W....

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