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Marantz Sponsors 21-City, U.S. Tour of World-Renowned Classical and Rock Violinist David Garrett

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Marantz® America has just announced that it is sponsoring world-renowned German classical and rock violinist David Garrett for his 21-city February U.S. Tour. Kevin Zarow, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Marantz America, explained how Marantz's new direction aligns with the David Garrett sponsorship:

"Marantz combines our commitment to creating the best sounding products using the most advanced audio technologies with our deep passion for music - all to deliver an extremely high quality and emotionally connected listening experience. And as a longtime supporter and proponent of both classical and rock music, our sponsorship of David Garrett is a perfect fit. David conveys both the excitement and emotion of classical music while engaging younger audiences with his stunningly modern rock and pop compositions. We are delighted to be working with such an exciting talent in this stage of a career that is sure to set the world on fire!"

Garrett is one of the most exciting crossover stars in the music world today. He made his first public appearance at the Hamburg Philharmonic when he was ten and at 13 became the youngest classical artist ever to sign a contract with a record label. After graduating from New York's prestigious Juilliard School in 2004, where he was among the first students to study with Itzhak Perlman, he launched a unique career that energetically combines classical elements with those of pop, rock and rhythm and blues. He recently performed live on NBC's "The Today Show".

To learn more about Marantz and David Garrett, click here:

Steve Noonan: Contemporary Traditionalist

Steve Noonan's songs feel like he's talking to you. His delivery is casual, conversational and contemporary. As a matter of fact, Noonan has been contemporary for decades, ever since he began writing music during the 60's at Orange County's Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, CA. There, he and his writing partner, Greg Copeland served as songwriting models for the likes of Jackson Browne (see our video interview with JB).

Nirvana Bleach 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2 LP Set Review

December 1, 2009 By Art Ellis 54 comments
Nirvana Bleach 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2 LP Set  Review

I still remember the first time I bought this album. I was going on fourteen years old, on a school trip to New York City. I found the tape in a little store off the beaten path. Nevermind had just come out, but no one could foresee the impact on music Nirvana was going to have.

Fast forward to 2009 and I sit here admiring a gorgeous 180-gram white vinyl 2 LP set. Album #1 is a remastered pressing of the original Bleach LP. The other is a February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Digital Hi-Fi

November 18, 2009 By Dennis Burger 28 comments
Digital Hi-Fi

Digital hi-fi never really went away, but it’s back and better than ever after taking a bit of a beating.

If your golden ears have shied away from the digital domain before, though, it’s time for another listen. Not only are old formats like SACD finally reaching their full potential thanks to pure digital interconnectivity, the new high-resolution audio formats found on Blu-ray are making access to eerily  high-fidelity music playback easier than ever.

The Beatles: Rock Band Review (With Video)

September 7, 2009 By Dennis Burger 50 comments
The Beatles: Rock Band Preview
I know what's about to happen. I'm about to sit here and type a thousand words or so, waxing left and right about The Beatles: Rock Band, how it fits into the current glut of music/rhythm games, whether it does justice to the band and their legacy, blah blah blah...

When really, what it all boils down to is this: if you like The Beatles, go buy this game. Now. If you like the Beatles and don't own a PS3 or Xbox 360 (or Wii, I guess), go buy one of those. Now. And then buy this game. Right after that.

The Beatles Stereo Remasters Review

September 4, 2009 By Dennis Burger 42 comments

Within half an hour of Tweeting the fact that I finally got my paws on the new stereo Beatles remasters this week, my email inbox was clogged with the same question repeated practically ad infinitum: “So... don’t leave me hanging. How do they sound?” The ellipses were often stretched to the point of abuse, and the question marks ranged from solitary to the obscene, but I read that exactly question so many times I almost started to have Tweet remorse

Honestly, though, who doesn’t want to know how these discs sound? So I’ll cut to the chase and tell you all what I told them:

The Home Entertainment magazine podcast - Episode 9

July 31, 2009 By HE Staff 23 comments

On Music and Filters

Did rock die in 1972? Are "old people" just glamorizing classic rock and ignoring modern music?

In our most opinionated, animated and heated podcast yet, Brent, Geoff, Kevin and Steve get into a debate on the state of music.

Download link after the jump.

LP Update II - Blue Note and more

April 24, 2009 By Peter Roth 29 comments
LP Update II - Blue Note and more

Note Perfect 

Along with the labels "Riverside" and "Impulse," the words "Blue Note" are synonymous with Jazz.  

Unfortunately for music lovers and record collectors, the original pressings of Blue Note's catalog are difficult to locate (especially in pristine condition) and often prohibitively expensive to acquire. Rejoice! There is no need to be blue anymore... for fans of the Blue Note recordings of the 50's and 60's, two separate vinyl reissue series are now at hand.  

All the info after the jump.

LP Update

April 9, 2009 By Peter Roth 33 comments
LP Update

An Abundance of Riches!  

Vinyl is having something of a resurgence, being pretty much the only category of physical media in the music industry currently showing growth.

Having previously reported on the sonic benefits available to those of us who spin the old fashioned vinyl LP, I would be remiss if I failed to call to your attention several of the titles which have been recently reissued on vinyl.


April 9, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 20 comments

The greatest thing... ever.

I admit, I'm way late to the party on this one.

Still, if you haven't checked out Pandora, you really have to.

Mini "review" after the jump.

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