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Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by segarini

250_23750261354_2817_nI’ve done previous columns about the vacuous business that has become nostalgia-peddling so I have no interest in rehashing that…but I’m fascinated by the idea that people cling to it so desperately. The Boomer Generation has become really good at criticizing the newest trends in music but cannot shine the mirror back on their own sacred cows and say, in all honesty, “Hey, wait a minute. I’m getting half as much entertainment value as I used to at triple the price.” Folks would rather see (and hear) a simulation of The Who’s former selves with its surviving members doing the 32nd anniversary tour of their final show in various stages of disability (Townshend’s deafness and Daltrey’s failing vocal range) for $500 than something new and organic for $10 at the local pub. They’d rather watch the decrepit mummified remains of The Rolling Stones trot out predictable, laughable, cartoonish interpretations of their own back catalog and pay 10x the price for the insult because they copped their first boobie feel during ‘Angie’ in the 1970s.

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Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by segarini


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Nadia Elkharadly: Best Live Shows of 2011 According to Moi

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by segarini

Happy new year my lovely DBAWIS readers!  I can hardly believe 2011 is over.  It was a pretty busy year, I have to admit, but more importantly, it was the first full year in my very fledgling music journalist career.  In that year, I’ve attended, reviewed, photographed and enjoyed TONS of live music shows, from the smallest bar venue to the biggest arenas not only here in Toronto, but in some other cities as well.  So here, in no particular order, is my list of the shows that kicked my ass (in a good way) in the first half of 2011.

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Nadia Elkharadly: The Musical Time Machine

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by segarini

There are few things in this world that are capable of evoking such an intense response as music.  It inspires happiness, sadness, fear, hope, every emotion possible.  It sets a mood, it creates an atmosphere. It brings back memories, and it helps make new ones.  And sometimes, music can even take a person back in time.  The old becomes new again, new can become old.  Young artists from all over are dusting off the old standards and pulling inspiration from times long gone, often from even before they were born.  Older musicians see value in the music of those who admired them.  The results are, in a word, AWESOME.  Here are some of the bands and musicians that are doing exactly this, and doing it really, really well.

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