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Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay is a prodigy. She's outspoken. She's quirky. She's got an amazing voice. And she's only 19! During an interview with McKay for a Sept. 10 Gusto article to preview her concert at the University at Buffalo, News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers asked her, "How the heck did you figure all of this stuff out by age 19?" In response, Miers wrote, "Mc…

Packed. Folks from all walks of life. No pungent smell in the air. Plenty of leather, but of the fashionable sort, not the biker or "hard rock guy on a weekend bender" sort.Last evening's Billy Joel and Elton John "Face to Face" performance smacked of the sort of politeness that, according to many of rock's finest critics, signified the death of rock 'n' roll in the mid to…

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The sorry state of rock 'n' roll was on display last week during the Video Music Awards on MTV. The formerly cutting-edge network handed out honors to acts that included Madonna, Aerosmith, the Beastie Boys and Will Smith. Welcome to the '80s. The rock industry and record companies don't seem to realize that unless they let go of the music of the past, they're doomed…

The sound begins as a muffled trickle, coming from a ceiling speaker in the corridor outside E.B. Greene's restaurant. "Tell me Quando, Quando, Quando. . . . Look at that, bartender! Doesn't he look like Christopher Reeve? . . . Where are you from, sir? San Diego? I left my heart in San Diego . . . " Turn a corner, and you get it full blast. Jackie Jocko is at the…

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REVIEW Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings By Aretha Franklin Rating: 4 1/2 stars (out of five) Rhino R2-71063 "It's the real thing, baby." – Aretha Franklin. "When Aretha arrived at Atlantic, she was not innocent. She was a 25-year-old woman with soul, feelings and the life experiences of someone much older." – Jerry Wexler "Of course, there is already a…

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Popcorn, nachos and plastic cups dotted the skies. Breasts had been bared as the roaming camera panned the crowds looking for a woman who would oblige 43,000 voyeuristic fans in Rich stadium wanting to sneak a peek. And, when Axl Rose finally burst on to the monstrous stage Saturday night -- almost two hours after Metallica had finished -- his 5 o'clock shadow had grown…