Author: Liam Sweeny

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On Saturday, Feb. 29th, we held Rock & Remember, a show/send-off for Robert “Pops” Sweeny, one of our own, who we lost in December. People from all the worlds with which his life intersected were in attendance, and it was a warm, and definitely rocking event. Off the Record performed, followed by The Chris Busone […]

Music essentially started around the campfire. Whether it was to celebrate a full belly, or ward off the dark that could easily bring threats to their lives, our earliest ancestors gathered around a campfire and brought rhythm and melody to productive use. And okay, maybe we just get drunk now and cover bar tunes, but […]

We had a great time on Saturday at our “Rock & Remember” event, where we said goodbye to a friend and colleague, Robert “Pops” Sweeny. Off The Record and The Chris Busone Band killed it all day and into the night, and Johnny Rabb, Luke McNamee and Tommy Love lent their talents to bring a […]

When I first saw St. Baldrick’s, and the people shaving their heads on TV a few years ago, I thought there was some actual Saint Baldrick, and it must’ve been some fraternal thing. After all, I shaved my head with my buddies when one of them was going into the Navy. Of course I’m not […]

On lonely stretches of road, where the houses are only close enough to let you know you’re in habitable land, he’s been your copilot, the only one you’ve trusted to mess with the music. He screws around with you at the office, when all the ‘kill me now’ memes apply. He’s brought you the greatest […]

Art doesn’t roost in between staff lines on sheet music, nor can it fit squarely on a palette, or the tip of a pencil. Art is constantly moving, constantly breaking the next barrier. In fact, so much of our lives are shaped by art as we drive down the street, we forget that it’s even […]

Sometimes someone comes along and blows the doors off the local scene. It can’t be predicted, only enjoyed, for you know, sure as the Shure mic they’re clutching that the wind will blow and carry them off to the waking world, leaving all of us dreamers speechless. And if we’re lucky, we might be by […]

The modern world, in many ways, is a created thing. Not getting religious or philosophical, just saying that every graphic, every jingle, every eight-thirty a.m. pre-work cranker was created. Yes, yes, your favorite band, but more than that; the world as we know it is propped up by names that appear in the liner notes […]

We don’t consider every painted thing art. Some of it, we call “decoration.” We don’t call every formed thing “sculpture” either; for some of it, we look at it and we designate it as “craft” So what truly is the difference between the art and the craft? Between the thing that looks pretty, and the […]

In a music scene, friendship is a fact that’s tough to dispute. We’re all keepers of a tradition that has the initiation fee of practice, wages of disinterest and rejection, and a camaraderie that finds its joy on shared bills and in the backs of music stores. And while we sling ink and not an […]


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