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Paul McCartney Revisits Beatles Classics, Solo Gems at Hollywood Bowl Marathon

March 31st, 2010
Has Paul McCartney been borrowing Bruce Springsteen’s trainer? At 67, the former Beatle seems determined to suddenly turn his gigs into E Street-style marathons. When McCartney did an American mini-tour last spring and summer, fans (and, at the Coachella Festival, some curious acolytes) were astonished by shows that stretched out to the two-and-a-half hour mark. Returning to U.S. shores with a slightly revamped revue that he’s dubbed the “Up and Coming Tour,” McCartney now has ...

How Gibbard and Farrar Turned Kerouac Folk on “One Fast Move or I’m Gone” Soundtrack

November 16th, 2009
If you imagine a soundtrack for 1950s-60s beat writer Jack Kerouac, it’s surely bebop, not country-folk. But that didn’t stop Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar from collaborating on One Fast Move or I’m Gone, a rootsy set of songs loosely based on a Kerouac novel. Would the legendary scribe have listened to the duo’s distinctly unjazzy efforts and told them to, you know, beat it? “I still don’t know ...