Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pop Rocks: From Rucker to Revivalists, which music fest draws you?

It is time to organize a fair weather assault on those outdoor activities - both local and regional - properly planned for that too-small window between too cold and too hot. Here are a few ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pop Rocks: Spangler's path to stardom has Aiken stop

Last season, Aiken resident Beth Spangler made significant inroads on the reality television show The Voice.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Pop Rocks: Fans finally get date with Edison Project

Now I had heard rumors, but last week, the rumored became official. The Edison Project put up a Facebook page. You can't get more official than that. They've also booked a gig.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Pop Rocks: Glands, Aguar will deliver performance art to Augusta

On Friday, Feb. 20, Augusta is being invaded. These invaders, from Athens, are bringing that community's ideas about performance and art and, well, performance art to Augusta for a matched set of ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Pop Rocks: Change at 95 Rock reflects change in music of today

You can blame businessmen in the boardroom, an increasingly fractured musical community or a genre that just doesn’t wield the kind of cultural influence it once enjoyed, but the format shift that ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Pop Rocks: Tune in to see local's 'American Idol' audition

How crazy would it be if Miranda Pokrzyminski became a household name? It could. She's auditioning on an upcoming "American Idol."
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Pop Rocks: And the best albums are …

Before 2014 fades in our rearview, there's a bit of Pop Rocks housekeeping that requires attention - the annual 10 Best Albums of the Year list.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Pop Rocks: Debt of Nature's 'Departure' was totally worth the wait

It is said that rock 'n' roll is territory for the young, that the need and desire to make something large and loud and slightly unhinged lessens in the face of families and careers and all the ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Pop Rocks: Time in Augusta has been fulfilling

I spent Thanksgiving away from Augusta, retreating with my family to the mountains of North Carolina. It was a break I thought I needed.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Pop Rocks: 12 Bands holiday CD includes 9 gems

Sometimes less is more. In the interest of full disclosure, let me go on the record and admit that when I discovered Instant Christmas Classics Vol.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Pop Rocks: Don't miss two hidden gems

For me, the most frustrating treasures are those that, for many, remain undiscovered. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight a couple of my favorites.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Pop Rocks: Yonder Mountain concert exception to venue's rules

This week, Yonder Mountain String Band will, I hope with minimal difficulty, load in at Jessye Norman Amphitheater to headline an impressive lineup of bluegrass-inspired acts. It should be a ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Pop Rocks: Westobou is well worth watching

Though the Westobou Festival is an event with intentionally few traditions, there is one that, for better or worse, seems to have become something of an administrative standard. Every few years ...
By Steven Uhles

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: As arts festival grows, so does need for better flow

Arts In the Heart is clearly an event where more is, in fact, more. I think what needs to be addressed is a question of flow.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Pop Rocks: Kiss Family Reunion is truly family event, with hot music

96.3 Kiss Family Reunion to feature Johnny Gill, Freddie Jackson, Ce Ce Peniston, Avery Sunshine, Jagged Edge, Syleena Johnson and Algerbra, among others.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Pop Rocks: Westobou offerings appeal nicely to different audiences

Like any event that books multiple acts, the Westobou Festival schedule - mark your calendars for Oct. 1-5 - is coming together with evenings of art and entertainment that will appeal to and ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Pop Rocks: Drivin N Cryin is example of success for musicians

Twenty-five years ago, Drivin N Cryin was a band enjoying, by rock and roll standards, fairly significant success. Last Thursday, a full quarter century later, that same band rolled not into an ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pop Rocks: 'Get On Up' good although Augusta isn't presented well

James Brown movie is worth seeing even though there is some bad mixed in with the good.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop Rocks: Brown's legacy is one this community can be proud of

In a week, Hollywood will come to Augusta with at least some of its trappings. There will be actors and directors, a red carpet and a see-it-first screening.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMPED Music Contest voting opens July 10

An inspiring field of former finalists and new faces, this year's AMPED Music Contest is shaping up to be the most competitive in years.
By Steven Uhles
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