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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has written about music and musicians for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Details, The New York Daily News, Interview, Guitar World, The New York Observer, Harp, Newsday, CMJ New Music Monthly, Blender, Time Out New York, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado. He is editor-in-chief of Music Alive!, a music magazine for middle and high school students and teachers, and Teaching Music, the member magazine of America’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Previously, he was senior editor of Guitar One, East Coast features editor for Launch.com (now Yahoo! Music), and senior editor of Musician. His book Exit Music: The Radiohead Story, originally published in 2000, is now available in four languages and three revised editions. Also a guitarist and composer, he has worked most recently with the New York-based band Bedsit Poets.

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The Beach Boys, The High Llamas: Pet Sounds and High Llamas

Review by Mac Randall, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1998

THERE CAN'T BE MANY classic rock albums that rock less than the Beach Boys' 1966 opus Pet Sounds. The fruity orchestral arrangements are about as ...

Beck: ...Bottle of Blue

Interview by Mac Randall, Harp, March 2005

With every album he creates, Beck Hansen's music shifts in shape while his lyrics gain sharper focus, revealing a fascination with the dark side of ...

Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris: Elvis Costello with Emmylou Harris: SummerStage, Central Park, NYC

Live Review by Mac Randall, New York Daily News, July 2005

"PITY ABOUT IT BEING so cold and all," Elvis Costello cracked toward the beginning of his Central Park SummerStage concert last night. ...

Dinosaur Jr: J Mascis' Big Step

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, June 1993

WHEN DINOSAUR JR comes to your town, get ready for a unique event: the Dance of the 17 Footswitches. ...

Annie Lennox, Eurythmics: Annie Lennox: Front Woman

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, March 1993

CONGRATULATIONS ON your Grammy nominations. Are you making any bets on how you'll do? ...

LL Cool J: Beacon Theatre, New York

Live Review by Mac Randall, New York Daily News, June 2003

At Beacon, everybody loves Cool James ...

Aimee Mann: Sweet Revenge

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, April 1993

"WE'VE HAD a joke going recently," Aimee Mann says, "that the new album has three themes: despair, defeat and revenge." ...

Bill Nelson, Robert Wyatt: Robert Wyatt & Bill Nelson: Tough Guys Don't Dance

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, August 1992

Bill Nelson meets Robert Wyatt. For 20 years they've bucked the system and made music at the edge of rock. Two vets discuss the never-ending ...

The Posies: Blooming In The Afterlife: The Posies

Retrospective and Interview by Mac Randall, launch.com, August 2000

IF YOU MEASURE a band's activity by the complexity of its release schedule, then you'd have to conclude that the year 2000 has been an ...

Radiohead: Radiohead Get The Details

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, September 1997

On tour in Spain with five musicians for whom the little things mean a lot ...

Radiohead: The Golden Age of Radiohead

Profile and Interview by Mac Randall, Guitar World, April 1998

ON A FRIDAY RELAUNCHED itself in the summer and autumn of 1991, playing a series of gigs at Oxford's Jericho Tavern and circulating its first ...

The Slits: The Distaff Side of Punk - The Slits Re-Released at Last

Retrospective by Mac Randall, New York Observer, February 2005

IF YOU ASK PEOPLE to name the most influential punk-rock bands of all time – even people who boast scarily high levels of pop-culture awareness ...

Linda Thompson: Miserable Old Sod Linda Thompson Returns as Exquisitely Sad as Ever

Interview by Mac Randall, New York Observer, July 2002

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE who say that Linda Thompson is the greatest female rock singer alive. I'm not one of them-partly because I think her ...

Robert Wyatt: Deep Shleep: Robert Wyatt Gets Personal

Interview by Mac Randall, Boston Phoenix, The, January 1998

"THE BIG PROBLEM I have with rock and roll is the rock end of it," says Robert Wyatt. "But I love the rolling. I'm into ...

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