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Sounds by Mike Evans   TRIPPING DAISIES THE LONELY FOREST — Adding Up the Wasted Hours THE GOOD: Northwest indie rockers Lonely Forest bring on a tighter fourth full-length. THE BAD: A couple of clunkers aside (rambling closer “The Stars, Like Dust” sticks around far too long), most of these cuts are fine. THE NITTY GRITTY: Produced by the band with a...

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HEADPHONES Assorted declarations from Editor Tom Graham   Sugarman It was announced earlier this week that Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Kristian Bush from Sugarland will perform the Keystone Grand Ballroom in the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Leaving his mark...

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HEADPHONES Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham   Speak Up! In last week’s action-packed episode of Headphones, I wrote about Scranton’s amusement tax, a tax passed on Dec. 10, 2012 that allows the city “to impose a 5-percent tax upon privilege of attending or engaging in non-exempt amusements, including every form of entertainment,...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   COMPLICATED LADIES DUM DUM GIRLS — Too True THE GOOD: Dee Dee Penny and her latest incarnation of Girls go retro on their third full-length. THE BAD: 10 songs, in and out in 30 minutes, leave you craving more. THE NITTY GRITTY: A reflective album written in her NYC apartment, Too True is Penny’s “new wave” record; a collection...

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HEADPHONES Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham   The Whack Tax If you are a musician playing a gig in the city of Scranton any time soon, be wary: Scranton wants a cut of the money and considers itself part of the act … the over-served yet ineffective tambourine player if you will. It’s not just musicians who are in the city’s...

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DANCE TO DREAM PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING — Inform Educate Entertain THE GOOD: London-based musical outfit Public Service Broadcasting offer up a unique debut full-length. THE BAD: A little less guitar and a little more electronic ambiance would probably better suit these compositions. However, that’s more of a personal preference and not necessarily...

Bookmarks: Lori May

Bookmarks   Author Lori May’s new collection of poetry, Square Feet (Accents Publishing, 2014), deals with the complexities of love, loss, and home-making. The author uses a speaker and a fictional narrative to tell the story of two people making their way. The author is quick to note that the work is not autobiographical, saying, “I’m one of those...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   VALENTINES OF A DIFFERENT KIND CLOUD CONTROL — Dream Cave THE GOOD: Australian indie rock outfit Cloud Control brings forth a hypnotic sophomore effort. THE BAD: No complaints. THE NITTY GRITTY: When a band is difficult to pigeonhole, it always makes for fascinating listening. You’ll end up loving a lot about Dream Cave, but...

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HEADPHONES assorted declarations from editor tom graham     The Peach Unleashed The Allman Brothers Band (two nights), Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, The Greyboy Allstars, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists and more will perform at this year’s Peach Music Festival, which will return...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   LET’S GROOVE CUT COPY — Free Your Mind THE GOOD: Australian electronic outfit Cut Copy is back with a hippy dippy fourth. THE BAD: Mind isn’t very ambitious at its core; the band neither progressing nor regressing. But it’s a “sunny” collection with an undeniably strong flow. Go with it and you will have a fantastic...