Marshall Crenshaw shows Vancouver that life’s too short–and precious too

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 25, 1991 Balding and bespectacled, Marshall Crenshaw looks more like a mild-mannered librarian (and a couple of rock critics I know) than the type to rip up a nightclub with tune after tune of jarring, picture-perfect pop. But, as the Detroit-bred, New York-based rocker proved at his first … Continue reading Marshall Crenshaw shows Vancouver that life’s too short–and precious too

Bottle Rockets reissue displays Brian Henneman’s observational eye

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 19, 2013 By Steve Newton Nineteen-ninety-four might not have been the greatest year for fans of rootsy, meat 'n' potatoes guitar-rock. Hootie and the Blowfish released their diamond-selling (10-million copies plus) Cracked Rear View album. The Barenaked Ladies were going platinum. And Yanni unleashed Live at the Acropolis. But if you were lucky enough … Continue reading Bottle Rockets reissue displays Brian Henneman’s observational eye

The MC5’s Wayne Kramer recalls raging against the American war machine

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 30, 2004 By Steve Newton It's hard to find a contemporary garage-rock band that isn't heavily indebted to the MC5. Although it only released three albums in its five-year recording career, the Detroit quintet--along with fellow Motor City maniacs the Stooges--left an indelible impression on nearly every punk-edged act that … Continue reading The MC5’s Wayne Kramer recalls raging against the American war machine

Underrated Marshall Crenshaw flies under the pop radar

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 27, 2013 By Steve Newton In the annals of underappreciated pop-rock singer-songwriters, Marshall Crenshaw is probably at the top of the chart. Some may vaguely recall him hitting the top 40 back in 1982 with the single “Someday, Someway”, but it’s quite likely that even more remember rockabilly crooner Robert … Continue reading Underrated Marshall Crenshaw flies under the pop radar