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  HEADPHONES Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham   Grammys Be Gone Another Grammy season has come and gone, just like the cold winter — oh, wait, it’s still freezing out there. For those of you keeping score at home, I successfully predicted four of the six winners featured in last week’s Headphones. I’m not saying I know what’s...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   ROCK REVIVALS THE FRATELLIS — We Need Medicine THE GOOD: Scottish indie pop trio Fratellis are back with their first album in five years. THE BAD: Fratellis were never a great band. The best you could always hope for was some extremely infectious ear candy and a set list where the catchy tunes outweighed the duds. THE NITTY GRITTY:...

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Headphones Grammy picks by Tom Graham The 56th annual Grammy Awards air this Sunday night, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS. LL Cool J returns as host of the ceremonies which features performances from Jay-Z and Beyonce, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (receivers of this year’s Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award), Katy Perry, Lorde,Taylor Swift, Imagine...

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Soaking Up the Suds with James Crane   For me, there is something special about barrel-aged beers. The wood imparts certain qualities on the brew that are incredibly distinctive and generally pleasing. They’re almost like a whole other monster, the end result sharing the qualities of the original beer and that of whatever was in the barrel before...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   SLIGHT ALTERATIONS ISLANDS — Ski Mask THE GOOD: Canadian progressive indie outfit Islands come back with an unpredictable fifth. THE BAD: You take the awesome right along with the unhinged on any Islands record. Expect some extremes. THE NITTY GRITTY: Nicholas Thorburn remains the brains behind the operation, his accomplished yet...

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Bookmarks by Andrea McGuigan   New York writer Ross Klavan may be best known as the screenwriter of the 2000 film Tigerland, starring a young Irish upstart named Colin Farell. The work garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and Klavan has been working hard (before and since) in film, television, radio, print and performance. His latest novel,...

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assorted declarations from staff writer tom graham   Firefly Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival is the latest summer fest to announce its lineup. The lineup includes the recently reunited Outkast (André 3000 and Big Boi announced they’d be playing over 40 festivals this summer). Previously, they confirmed headlining spots at Coachella and Governors...

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Sounds   ALMOST UNPLUGGED THE AVETT BROTHERS — Magpie and the Dandelion THE GOOD: North Carolina folk rockers Avett Brothers are back with a varied third. THE BAD: No gripes. THE NITTY GRITTY: Magpie was recorded during the same sessions as 2012’s The Carpenter; Rick Rubin producing both albums. But one shouldn’t consider this a “leftovers”...

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HEADPHONES assorted declarations from staff writer tom graham The Chandelier Earlier this week, The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, announced the creation of a new concert series. “Live from the Chandelier Lobby,” will be held in the confines of the theater’s main lobby and will focus on specific musical genres...

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soaking up the suds with james crane   The holidays are most certainly over. It seems a little unfair that all the celebration ends when we still have so much winter left. There are plenty of cold dark nights ahead with plenty of snow to curse. All the lights are put away and the trees have been carted off. All that’s left are dreams of spring and the...