Arsenio Orteza

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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/28/18, 12:13 am

No Glory

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers

These youthful rootsmongers sing, play, and write—about the gospel, in case their name isn’t clear enough—with energy and conviction, achieving freshness by shuffling musical and verbal tropes like veterans. They also shuffle lead singers, spelling a guy (or guys) who wouldn’t sound out of place leading worship at a Sunday-evening seeker service with a gal (or gals) who wouldn’t sound out of place fronting a jug band. Would that they’d shuffle another fast song or two into this program’s second half. It drags a little.

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Promoting sonic growth

Music | Longtime duo tries to help bring the saxophone to musical maturity 
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/28/18, 12:09 am

It isn’t every musician who records eight albums’ worth of first-rate performances then releases them all simultaneously. In fact, it might only be one: Dr. Ronald L. Caravan.

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Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/16/18, 09:15 pm

Brand New Cage 

Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

Under one guise or another, Billy Childish has been raising a punk ruckus for over 30 years. But he has seldom sounded more faithful to the Spirit of ’77 than he does on the 10 of these dozen grittily recorded songs atop which he rants (about his “conflicted mind,” about his having been “into ‘in’ before ‘in’ was ‘out,’” about the short shrift given the doomed Rolling Stone Brian Jones). The other two feature his bassist and wife, Julie, whose girl-group sweetness provides him an ideal foil.

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