CCP Ep. #39: The 2¢ Show by Steam Powered Giraffe

This week is full of throwbacks and smokestacks as we get down to the brassiest of tacks with the steampunk stylings of Steam Powered Giraffe, and their latest full-length, The 2¢ Show. Then we talk a little about music’s therapeutic capabilities, while gauging the polar extremes of musical receptivity.

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CCP Ep. #35: The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk | Featuring Hazel Honeysuckle

Welcome, welcome… or should I say, “thank ya, thank ya,” because this week we’re traveling to the bygone days of Lawrence Welk with his 1960s compilation album, The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. This review is brought to us by today’s guest, the lovely Hazel Honeysuckle, a talented NYC-based burlesque performer who enlightens us with her unique perspective on music as an on-stage tool, as well as a brief history of burlesque and its resurgence as a popular performance art.

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Wizard Rock Roundup: Post Potter Depression Edition

Lauren Fairweather is a huge name in Wizard Rock. She is acoustic and folksy, funny, but also capable of beautiful characterization and storytelling through music. I hated her at first. I have no idea why! I’m such a sucker for anything acoustic that you’d think I’d adore the crap out of her. I guess the first songs I heard from her just weren’t impressive enough.

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Wizards on the Road: Harry and the Potters

As I’ve said before, Harry and the Potters always put on an amazing show. The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn was a fairly small location, promising an intimate if crowded experience. The line snaked down Metropolitan Avenue, sporting all sorts of Potterheads; cosplayers like me, grown fans, young fans, first timers, and veterans, all buzzing with excitement. Like-minded people tend to make friends and the Harry Potter fandom contains some of the friendliest. Though I waited for our Producer/Webmaster, Matt Storm, to meet me, I was not lonely as I made a new friend in line.

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Wizard Rock Roundup: Harry and the Potters

Wizard Rock is a term meant to encompass not necessarily a genre of sound, but rather a genre of content. It is a genre dedicated to the love and world of Harry Potter. Some readers may be familiar with this concept thanks to Blind Guardian and their thematic music, ranging from Lord of the Rings to The Forgotten Realms, and others. The thing with WRock (as it is shortened to) is that no matter your musical preference, if you have affection for Harry Potter then there is a WRock band out there for you. Whether you desire light, jangly acoustic or dance-inducing hip hop, WRock has you covered.

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Newsies on Broadway: Carrying the Banner for a New Generation by Carrie

As a writer, it would be difficult for me to separate my Broadway experience with Newsies from the countless hours I spent as a little girl being absorbed by the film version of Newsies. As the story of newspaper boys at the turn of the century who decide to stand up to juggernauts of American business, Newsies has always been billed as a modern David and Goliath of sorts.

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