Something Happening There (Not Here)… UPDATED

Is it just me, or are we seeing, lately, a sudden increase in Rock and Roll with capital aarrrrrrrr!s? (UPDATE: Turns out, it’s not just me; it’s other folks, like, oh, the New York Times for example) Rock seems to be doing more – or, if not doing more, gaining attention for what it’s trying to do, and what it Stands For.

From Indonesia to Russia and Uzbekistan, rock and roll is making itself heard, and, though it’s meant hard times for those who rock, on another level it’s a great thing to see.

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Hanggai, Toronto Part II

CBC Music, the online musical companion to the national broadcaster, asked me a few questions about why the world Must Hear Hanggai, in advance of their Toronto performances. I answered them, and you can read ’em, here (or by clicking the nice image at right). Find out more about Hanggai’s performances at Harbourfront Centre‘s Planet IndigenUS Festival by clicking the magic words. Hanggai is coming back to North America in September, so stay tuned…

Turn-Of-The-Millennium Beijing

In a recent interview with China-music website Pangbianr, Jerry Chan talked about his early days in the Beijing punk scene. The article comes in advance of an event centered around former Beijing punk scenester and author of Insperable: The memoirs of an American and the story of Chinese punk rock, Dave O’Dell.

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