Marshall Crenshaw

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By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2021

ask me because I know about these things

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By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2021

to make a party takes two

Going Steady: New Single Releases 8-13-21 – 8-20-21

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2021

trying till you die makes much more sense in your sixties

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By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2021

A good year topped by Prince

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By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2020

very real, a week after the album dropped he was shot to death

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By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2020

she can swing like Count Basie swings…

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1990s – 130 to 121

By Steve Crawford | October 28, 2020

That idea is in a lot of my songs

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2020

everything you want from reggae by one of the greats

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By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2020

a rock n roll Big Thief

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By Iman Lababedi | August 3, 2020

Ethiopian pop meets True Groove black rage unharnessed, is the third of the Haile Selassie trilogy

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By Iman Lababedi | July 2, 2020

bedroom pop’s coming of age

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By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2020

instrumental last act

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By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2020

a minimalist and ambient sound that breaks through on Pharaoh’s sax and waves of drums before quietude stills it again

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By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2020

Jay and Jay shout out Elijah Mohammed and the big A itself,

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By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2020

jingle jangle

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By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2020

clearly as good as anything in his catalog

The 1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1980s – 40 to 31

By Steve Crawford | October 21, 2019

Crenshaw’s maturity as a songwriter came early and never wavered

The 1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1980s – 220 to 211

By Steve Crawford | August 24, 2019

hopeful and optimistic against the often darker, more melancholy impulses

rock nyc’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration: Marshall Crenshaw: Will Your Heart Ever Be Satisfied?

By Iman Lababedi | February 1, 2019

a timelessness that should transcend fashion

In Praise of Working Musicians

By Ken Davis | November 26, 2017

There is a special pleasure in seeing a great performer in a smaller venue

Help Marshall Crenshaw Fund Documentary About Legendary Producer Tom Wilson

By Iman Lababedi | February 9, 2016

“I’m determined to make this happen, won’t rest until it happens!”

These Days: Friday, August 21st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 21, 2015

We have a homeless problem because we live in a free society where we can’t simply shovel off people’s rights because they have no money. For all the ways the homeless problem is a major pain on the neck. there is one way it isn’t: it keeps us honest by forcing us to see what happens at the lowest rungs of society. Who has moved these people? Who has the right to?

Oldies But Goldies: Six years Ago I Wrote A Marshall Crenshaw Guide… Here It Goes Again

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2015

It is incredible that anybody has written so much gorgeous, smart, decent, moral, exciting, rock and roll over this length of time. Nobody else comes close. Not Dylan, Bruce… maybe James Brown. MAYBE Van Morrison. But that’s it.

Marshall Crenshaw EP “Grab The Next Train” Review

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2015

Marshall Crenshaw’s album by segments is now in its second year and sixth installment with no lessening in quality: six new songs, six covers, six live songs, six re recordings, and all about exactly what you would’ve have hoped. Much like the Easybeats cover here, “Made My Bed, Gonna Lie It”, it is youthful, quirky, superbly arranged with some great harmonies

rock nyc Top 10 Songs week of June 22nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2015

No, of course Kacey is not a cowgirl but it is still the best song on the album, as for Marshall, man can this man write a bridge, Foals best song followed by Algiers followed by Bully’s first song and at # 8 the saddest song of the week. The best is very very good.

Marshall Crenshaw, Kessler Theater, Dallas, Texas, Friday, March 20th, 2015 Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | March 22, 2015

Simply put, he still sings very well. His guitar playing is sharp, concise, never unnecessarily flashy. Every note serves the song. And the writing? If he’s ever penned a bad tune, you couldn’t prove it by this performance. There were no low spots.

Must See: Marshall Crenshaw At City Winery, Friday, May 28th, 2015!

By Iman Lababedi | March 14, 2015

Unfortunately for me, I have plans tos ee Ed Sheeran when Crenshaw returns to City Winery on Friday, May 28th, 2015, otherwise I am definitely ready for another visitation… I swear, if I had another kife to live I would be the man’s publicist. No messing around, Crenshaw is one of our greatest songwriters, go see him.

Amoeba’s ‘What’s In My Bag’ With Marshall Crenshaw

By Alyson Camus | March 5, 2015

Mr. Crenshaw is a music connoisseur with a taste for jazz and oldies, so he picked an early album of Sun Ra, as well as a 50’s album of the gospel soul band the Staple Singers, the new album by jazz guitarist Nels Cline, some Indian Style heavy funk, ‘SitarBeat’ and the best of Buddy Collette,… but also Mitch Ryder’s autobiography, ‘Devil and Blue Dresses’, since the Detroit-native musician feels connected to the musical legacy of the city

Amoeba’s ‘What’s In My Bag’ With Marshall Crenshaw

By Alyson Camus | March 4, 2015

  Last summer, singer songwriter Marshall Crenshaw visited California with The Bottle Rockets and he had the chance to haunt my favorite place in Los Angeles, Amoeba Music, for an episode ‘What’s In My Bag’, a series watching musicians hand picking a few vinyl and other things in the immense store, while commenting on their choices.

Marshall Crenshaw Played London For The First Time In Decades… We Got The Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2014

The concert was on November 20 2014 and featured Marshall with Neill MacColl on guitar, Henrik Irgens on bass, and Michael Blair, who came over from Stockholm and played drums. Michael introduced Neil, Kirsty’s half-brother and Ewan’s son, to Crenshaw, and the two totally hit it off

Marshall Crenshaw's "Move Now" EP Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 25, 2014

“Move Now” is the 5th of 6, and not a teaser for an album. Actually, the EPs ARE the album: once the 6th one has run it’s course there’ll be an album containing the best stuff from the EP series, possibly a new song, definitely a couple remixes, etc. That’s the actual plan right now.”

Marshall Crenshaw's "Out Of Nowhere" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 2, 2014

It is a really cool thing to hear Marshall so far away from what he does and yet so completely into it, he holds the melody, a pretty one as well, though a little ethereal, and strengthens it with a natural confidence that follows the melody line, one easy to lose track off, to the end.

The A+ List 8-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | August 8, 2014

Based on the simplest of romantic declarations, him to her about her, “Never change”, him to her about him, “I can change” and a falsetto which caresses the music just out of reach, the song has a simple romatic yearn and a deep seated loss.it is like James is stretching his hand to her, and also, like it is too late. The longing can’t save it, the pleas feel as though they are falling on deaf ears.

Best Concerts Through July 31st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 2, 2014

Katy Perry – Barclay Center – July 25th, 2014 – Modern pop musics big sister plays hit after hit with a sort of las vegas meets ancient Egypt motif, just to prove lost love ain’t lost life and roaring is easy if you try hard enough.

Marshall Crenshaw's Epic Request Show Returns To City Winery August 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 1, 2014

Take a look at this back up band. Graham Maby, Joe Jackson band member since the Look Sharp era, on bass; Rich Pagnano, the Fab Faux’s Ringo, on drums, and Andy York of the tremendous rockabilly Jason And The Scorchers and more recently John Mellencamp’s band

That Was The Week Of July 7th, 2014, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2014

Well done, Yankees, Tanaka has a partial UCL tear and is out six weeks if not the year. Why? One thing is for sure, they rode his arm too hard. Whither the Yankees? They spent $500 Million, $209 Million this year alone, and aren’t getting into the post season. Enough. Fire Cashman

Marshall Crenshaw And The Bottle Rockets At City Winery, Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 9, 2014

The strength of the evening… actually, it was just a great set. Crenshaw was in fine voice, the band sounded terrific, the song selections very strong, and the wooliness of the set up allowed Crenshaw to go off on tangents. Mishearing a song request, he decided to play Five Man Electrical Band’s 1971 “Signs”.

The A+ List: 6-21-14

By Iman Lababedi | June 21, 2014

Dave Alvin of the Blasters original covered by Marshall on the sublime Live… My Truck Is My Home, the original is a rough and tumble rockabilly rave up you can just imagine the Blasters charging through. But Crenshaw… man, that guy finds the heart in everything .

10 Songs, Monday, May 19th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 19, 2014

Just Snap Your Fingers – Marshall Crenshaw – The best song off Jaggedland is also a view of Crenshaw the lyricist the you don’t always hear: “You can count on my love till the ultimate end” is pop poetry of the first order – A

10 Songs, Saturday, April 19th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | April 19, 2014

Play “God Only Knows” At My Funeral – Fireworks – It doesn’t live up to its title, but, honestly what song could. Isn’t the name alone good enough. It is a beautiful smart pop punk masterpieces and one of the songs of the year – A

rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of April 14th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | April 18, 2014

A new Crenshaw release is always a reason to celebrate and “Going Going Gone” is a wild song, the Secret Sisters cover an unfinished Dylan track at the top and the Merengue track is a good one but you knew that because Elvis Crespo is on it. The only good song ion the Ziggy and the best song on the Aimee round it out.

Marshall Crenshaw's "Red Wine" EP Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 17, 2014

“Red Wine” is where the superstar falls to earth. It isn’t by any stretch of the language a stinker, and one song, a cover, is among his best moments on the album in segments exercise, still it isn’t the best of the EPS either.

10 Songs, Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | April 17, 2014

No Diggity – Chet Faker – Let’s make one thing very very clear. I saw Blackstreet opening for new Edition back in the day (I sat behind Whitney Houston) and I am here to tell you this is a stupendous cover. true to the jumped up spirit of the original but totally of itself – A

Marshall Crenshaw To Perform Requests Only Set At City Winery With the Bottle Rockets

By Iman Lababedi | April 4, 2014

What would I have him play this time? Since I will probably only get one, I guess I’ll stick with “Radio Girl” but if I get more? His awesome cover of Dave Alvin’s “Jack And Diane” , anything off Life’s Too Short, maybe I’m Sorry *But So Is Brenda Lee)”, Hendrix “Fire”…

10 Songs, Friday, March 14th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 14, 2014

Fantastic Planet Of Love – Marshall Crenshaw – This is the most Crenshaw-y song he has ever written, the sink of “just this morning I felt like troubles plaything” is lost and the joy just overwhelms you -he steps back to the problems of life and then takes us out of. One of the greatest songs ever – A+

That Was The Week Of 12-2-13 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2013

An Upper Middle Class lawyer who used “terrorist” tactics to further his Anti-Apartheid cause, got nabbed, got jailed again when the racist couldn’t make it stick. Married three times. You know, a normal guy with a 27 year interruption for jail. On the plus side of the ledger, he saved South Africa from the disastrous fate of the countries surrounding him; whether that is enough to forgive him for being buddies with Bono is for others to decide.

rock nyc Top 10 Songs w-o 12-2-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2013

I far prefer the Extra Songs to the Next Day ones -especially this Bruce rip, and I made that for the third Crenshaw EP, it is the first time it is the covers I am loving more than the new song. The Bobby Fuller track is blowing my mind. But the week belongs to Conor Oberst and Maria Taylor’s perfect holiday album, dating from 2002.

Hear Ye: What rock nyc Is Listening To 12-5-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2013

I Woke Up Dreaming – Lydia Lunch – A great image though the song itself is the subterranean sound of things crashing around your ears same as it was; No New York lives, on this live album from a year ago – B

Hear ye: what rock nyc is listening to 12-4-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 4, 2013

Heaven On Earth – Boston – Sure, they miss Brad Delp but they still got the melodies and those big ol’ guitars and it makes a melodic roar of a sound; maybe Tom can do this forever (or every eleven years) – A-

Be Here Now: New Album Releases Snapshot Review 12-3-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2013

Four songs and not bad at all the guitar solo on the title track is a thing of deep beauty and the song keeps shifting gear from deep pop to sideslip jazz and back But the highlight is Marshall’s cover of Bobby Fuller’s “Never To Be Forgotten” two tracks later. On Spotify, so I guess even the great can’t fight technology – A-