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Music News, Reviews and Commentary for April 24

Music on Main Street is returning to seven Thursdays in Flemington, N.J starting May 31…A Little Positron Music features music made by electrons’ anti-matter twin — with the help of Domenico Vicinanza. Not much is spent on rehearsal space…A review at Seattle PI of Lisa Marie Presley’s new album Storm & GraceThe Original Music Workshop (OMW) is launching in Williamsburg, Brooklyn…The book Inside Sports Psychology claims that the right music can boost an athlete’s performance by 15 percent. The teams I root for need to find some new tunes…Joe Walsh will perform at the 22nd Annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show on April 28, 2012 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Hopefully, Shatner will do a dramatic reading of Life’s Been Good…The William Ferris Chorale celebrated its 40th anniversary season with concerts in Chicago and LaGrange…Deadmau5 and Avicii will headline the Veld Music Festival at Downsview Park, Toronto, on Aug. 4 and 5…Music festivals are thriving in NOLA…Robin Gibb has awaken from a coma, but remains quite ill…A Von Trapp and an actor playing one of the singing family’s kids from The Sound of Music are to be reunited tonight at Carnegie Hall…

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Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.