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Kevin & James Rockin’ Sports: Dodgers, War Machine, EPL, WWE

Kevin & James Rockin’ Sports: Dodgers, War Machine, EPL, WWE

Kevin and James talk about sports and play music from Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Lagwagon, Alestorm, Masked Intruder, Jughead’s Revenge, Anti-Flag, and DragonForce.

Screen shot of "The Orchestra" promo video.

‘The Orchestra’ 
app hits a high note as an astounding value

CHICAGO, August 18, 2014 – Apple recently treated the world to a stylized glimpse into the world of composer and conductor Esa Pekka Salonen, opening a window onto a musical world that most westerners are very unfamiliar with. On the heels of this smart and engaging campaign comes the “The Orchestra” app for the iPad

The Nightingale (Erin Morley) sings to the Emperor (Anthony Michaels-Moore) and his court. (Credit: Ken Howard for the Santa Fe Opera)

Funny ‘Impressario,’ exquisite ‘Le Rossignol’ in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M., August 16, 2014 – Most nights at the opera involve the production of a single, substantial work. That doesn’t leave many performance opportunities, however, for any number of worthy short or one-act operas. The solution, over many years, has been to stage “double bills,” from time to time, in which a pair

Finale: the triumph of "Dr. Sun Yat-sen."

Santa Fe Opera’s ‘Dr. Sun Yat-sen”: Difficult to parse

SANTA FE, N.M., August 15, 2014 – A great deal of buzz surrounded the Santa Fe Opera’s American premiere production of composer Huang Ruo’s newish opera, “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.” But its first performances on this side of the Pacific followed a strange, twisted, and arguably political path that began with the scheduling of its world premiere

Ume, image courtesy of the band.

Review: Ume at DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – The press reports surrounding Ume’s live show would lead one to believe that this band is a perpetual face-melter of rock. During their recent performance here at DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel, that advance PR didn’t necessarily prove true. But what really happened instead was considerably more interesting and, at

Fidelio/Leonore (Alex Penda) is reunited with Florestan (Paul Groves) in SFO's new "Fidelio."

A brilliantly updated ‘Fidelio’ comes to Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M., August 13, 2014 – Continuing with its 2014 “update” motif, the Santa Fe Opera is presenting its first ever production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” this month, having debuted its new-look version on July 31. SFO updates Beethoven’s original, with considerable, almost startling effectiveness, to some time in 1930s Germany under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi

Battle scene from Santa Fe Opera's production of "Don Pasquale."

The Santa Fe Opera’s wild, crazy and fabulous ‘Don Pasquale’

SANTA FE, N.M.,August 11, 2014 – Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), famed for his bel canto tragic operas like “Anna Bolena” and “Lucia di Lammermoor,” has been a regular presence in opera houses around the world for over 175 years. True, of the dozens of opera he composed over his relatively short lifespan, perhaps only ten of

Bells≥ in performance. (Photo courtesy of the band.)

Review: Bells≥ performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel

WASHINGTON, August 13, 2014 – If someone were to look at any promotional material for the band named Bells≥, or even take a cursory glance at their website, it wouldn’t be hard to notice their connection to Jawbox, former D.C. and Dischord luminaries. The other key R&D component you need when writing about the Bells≥