A touch of Ireland

Catch the music of Teada, an acclaimed quintet that plays traditional Irish music. They play at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 at the Ark. Its five members play guitar, bouzouki, flute, accordian, fiddle and bodrahn (traditional Irish drum). Well known on the international stage, Téada has played major festivals around North America, and in Europe they've drawn crowds of more than 30,000. Tonight they're joined by County Cork resident and former Solas vocalist Karan Casey, whom the Washington Post called "the Irish equivalent of Emmylou Harris." Doors open at 7:30.

Also, check out the Library's great collection of Irish musicteadateada.

A touch of bluegrass in the snow

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Tonight, December 12, The Ark presents the RFD Boys a favorite local bluegrass band. Their shows are a mix of great music and funny in-between songs dialogue. Proceeds from the concert go to the Leslie Science Center, a city parks facility that provides environmental education activities to the community. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. Get those toes tappin'. Also, check out their cd at the library.

霍元甲

# 周杰倫一直示國際巨星李連杰為他的偶像,李連杰與Jay惺惺相惜,為了李連杰主演的電影《霍元甲》(Fearless),終於有機會合作,由周杰倫作主題曲及主唱。而Jay表示能為偶像主演的電影作曲及主唱主題曲,心情興奮。與電影同名主題曲,希望透過一代中國武術宗師霍元甲的一生傳奇及Jay的歌聲,來宣揚積極向上的訊息。此曲及其MV均輯錄於《霍元甲 EP》內。 「霍元甲」︰李連杰最新武術作品《霍元甲》電影主題曲,是周杰倫繼「雙截棍」、「龍拳」之後又一精華創作,以中國大鼓氣勢磅礡地開場,運用古箏、笛子等大量古樂器配樂,是一首中國風嘻哈歌曲;歌詞富有武術精神,以正面訊息宣揚給青少年,喚醒青少年珍惜生命。
# 「獻世」︰此曲是周杰倫在無與倫比紅磡演唱會上特別獻唱於2003年寫給陳小春的抒情歌。Live版別有一番風味,是周杰倫第一首發行的粵語歌曲。(粵語Live版)

隨著電影處女作《頭文字D》紅遍亞洲,周董年度專輯《十一月的蕭邦》在全亞洲銷量又大賣250萬,Jay更預定於二月飛往東京開唱,舉辦「無與倫比」演唱會。為了回饋樂迷,今次隨《霍元甲 EP》內加送專輯《十一月的蕭邦》12首歌曲MV、「霍元甲」MV及Bonus「周杰倫無與倫比香港紅磡演唱會」片段,讓你視覺上一次過感受鋼琴詩人周杰倫的浪漫古典曲風!
# DVD︰13首「霍元甲&11月的蕭邦」千萬製作全MV——周杰倫不但為電影「霍元甲」創作及演唱歌曲,更親自執導此曲的 Music Video,在畫面中杰倫帥氣秀出Locking 武扇舞,大膽耍三截棍,大器英姿鐵定讓歌迷們尖叫。此曲「霍元甲」加上《11月的蕭邦》專輯共13支精緻的MV,絕對珍藏!包含新出爐「藍色風暴」和「逆鱗」MV獨家收錄。
# BONUS︰周杰倫「紅磡演唱會」精彩影音剪輯——此次更難得地將「周杰倫The One/無與倫比紅磡演唱會」壓箱寶精彩畫面彙整收錄於DVD中,隨《霍元甲EP》附贈給喜愛杰倫的歌迷朋友們,難得的畫面,不可錯過!

DVD 樣品

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A Magical Christmas of Magic

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Yo, drop the needle, it’s Christmas. That’s Albus Dumbledore’s message. And it’s pretty much a great idea. Second only to putting A Magical Christmas of Magic by Harry and the Potters in your CD player, turning up the volume, and dancing around in your Christmas pajamas while you wrap presents. (For the non-wrappers, non-dancers there’s always head-bobbing and hot cocoa sipping.) This CD is such a fun treat. Draco, Neville, Harry, and the gang lend their voice for all original Christmas songs, including; Money for Christmas by The Gringotts Goblin Choir, Seasonal Depression by The Whomping Willows, and All I want for Christmas by Draco and the Malfoys. If you’re into Harry and the Potters but not Christmas, the AADL also has a few other discs to suit your fancy: their fabulous self-titled album, Harry and the Potters and the power of love, and Voldemort can't stop the rock! Put the needle on the record!

Guns N' Roses Unleashes Chinese Democracy After 14 Years in Production

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The facts surrounding the sixth Guns N' Roses studio record, Chinese Democracy, are straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary or a Brian Wilson breakdown. Consider the following: over $13 million spent on production, 14 years of recording and mixing, 3 different record labels, 4 new band members (Axl Rose, sole original member), 4 producers, 17 contributing musicans, a ban on the record in China, not to mention Rose's myriad scandals while in self-imposed exile in the Hollywood hills. The only thing this record is missing is the obligatory Stonehenge track to make it a 'true' rock epic. Whether this overblown release is worth the wait is for the listener to decide; either way, Axl Rose's personal golem has earned its place in the expansive halls of rock egotism.

Remembering Freddie Mercury

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It was on this date, back in 1991, that the world lost one of music's most distinctive voices. Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury, died November 24th of AIDS-related pneumonia at the young age of 45. Best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury had a fabulous, powerful, four-octave vocal range, along with an over-the-top persona, that entertained fans around the globe. Head to the AADL and check out Classic Queen, Queen's Greatest Hits and Jazz for hits like Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, and (my personal favorite) I'm In Love With My Car.

Nonesuch Releases Philip Glass Box Set

In 1978, classical composer Philip Glass denounced Minimalism -- the term often applied to his work -- saying, "that word should be stamped out!" Thirty years later, as Nonesuch releases the ten disc set Glass Box: A Nonesuch Retrospective the composer may not have razed the word, but he has expanded his work in order to shed such trappings.

That said, Glass' most famous pieces are built around repetitive chord structures and stripped down instrumentation, where the most subtle changes become fault lines that resound in tonal shifts. The first four discs best exemplify this style, the standouts being his ambitious cycle Music in Twelve Parts and the solo piano elegy Glassworks. Also included are selections from Hydrogen Jukebox, his collaboration with poet-turned-librettist Allen Ginsberg, as well as the film scores for Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, and the indelible opera, Einstein on the Beach. Although each disc contains pieces previously available as stand alone recordings, hearing the spectrum of Glass' work from the early 1960s to today clearly demonstrates the depth and breadth of his singular compositional vision.

What are you listening to?

WAYR: Patrick Pine: Patrick Pine, at Encore Recordings of Ann Arbor. He's listening to a Bo Hansson cut on the turntable.WAYR: Patrick Pine: Patrick Pine, at Encore Recordings of Ann Arbor. He's listening to a Bo Hansson cut on the turntable.

Bo Hansson's 1972 album "Lord of the Rings" is like "a Renaissance fair with MOOG synthesizers," in the words of one staff person at Encore Recordings of Ann Arbor.

Patrick Pyne said he took the 36-year-old LP off the shelf and put it on the turntable one afternoon last week, because he likes the psychedelic vibe of the MOOG synthesizer. He has also enjoyed a Hansson album entitled "Magicians hat," which he described as "silly, but a good record."

Hansson also used drums, guitars, standard organs, and a saxophone to produce the album. But the MOOG is what lends the music its ethereal sound.

Pyne, a musician himself, said he likes the artistic innocence he perceives in Hanssons work, which he summed up as unpretentious. He said he's also been listening to Bruce Haack, another musician who used synthesizers to compose, but who built his own.

Beach Boys Songwriter Brian Wilson at Michigan Theater

The mastermind who created such legendary recordings as Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Friends, and other Beach Boys hits is coming to the Michigan Theater on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30pm. Brian Wilson is best known for his groundbreaking use of lush harmonies and nostalgic, emotive lyrics which contemporary artists such as Panda Bear, Apples in Stereo, and The New Pornographers continue to ape today. Promoting his 2008 release, That Lucky Old Sun, the concert will feature songs from this recording and, of course, some Beach Boys hits as well.

She's no "Newcomer"

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Carrie Newcomer, acclaimed singer-songwriter, will be performing at St. Clare's Episcopal Church this Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Newcomer hails from Northern Indiana and is known for her bluesy style and lyrics that explore the spiritual essence of modern life through "gritty realism." Her latest CD, The Geography of Light reflects Appalachian and classical influences. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to St. Clare's Food Pantry and other hunger outreach programs.

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