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Interviewer of musicians, reviewer of concerts/CDs/Blu-rays/DVDs/gadgets/electronics for Technology Tell network.

Sonos Studio NYC merges art, tech and music

Sonos, a company that has long pursued the perfect merger of music with technology, furthered that cause—with a strong artistic flair—as it previewed its Sonos Studio NYC experience on Sept. 30. The attraction will be open through Oct. 5th. Held at the Neue House—an experimental office space at 110 E. 25th St.—Sonos Studio NYC is more »

Review: Audio Pro Allroom Air One Wireless Speaker

I’ll admit that I don’t have much experience with wireless speakers—to be truthful, I don’t have any. So I feel extremely fortunate (and, let’s face it, spoiled) that my introduction to the world of wireless arrived in the form of the  from Audio Pro. With a suggested retail price of $799, the Allroom Air One is more »

HomeTechTell Review: Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2 Dynamic Effects Processor

Go into any music instrument store—or visit any Web site selling music gear—and you’ll find a DJ department. Yep, being a party DJ is firmly entrenched in the live music landscape these days, and those departments will be filled with turntables (for CD or vinyl) and all manner of effects units and mixers, which can more »

HomeTechTell Review: Lenmar PowerPort Wave 6600 Portable Battery and Charger

Even in today’s world of ever-smaller tech, chargers for all of your gear can often have a pretty big footprint. That certainly makes sense when you need to charge a bunch of devices at one time. But let’s say you’re traveling and don’t want to haul around a big bear of a charger. What then? more »

Music Review: The Dead Kenny Gs: Gorelick (The Royal Potato Family, Digital Download)

It’s hard to ignore a band with a name like The Dead Kenny Gs. Mashing up the noted punk band The Dead Kennedys with the smooth jazz master is provocative to say the least, in questionable taste to some, but this is punk—well, sorta. The DKGs combine punk with jazz in a very original way. more »

HomeTechTell Review: Onkyo SBX-300 iOnly Dock Music System

I’ll admit it: I’m strictly old school when it comes to audio. I still own records (hell, I still own 8-tracks). I just got my first iPod this year (no lie). In keeping with this mindset, my preference for home listening would be a traditional stereo system playing CDs. None of this plugging-an-mp3-player-in-a-dock stuff for more »

HomeTechTell Review: Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

HBO has a history of producing shows that became entertainment events. And like The Sopranos and True Blood before it, the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has garnered the kind of buzz usually reserved for top-line movies. Watching the show’s first season via this spectacular Blu-ray set, it’s no wonder the program has caught more »

Blu-ray Review: Weeds Season Seven

The most amazing thing about the seventh season of Weeds is that the show is in its seventh season. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not a bad show that deserved to get canceled years ago. But the Showtime network’s druggy dramedy started with a premise that seemed like it might work for one season, maybe more »

Blu-ray Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

It’s never easy for filmmakers to adapt a popular book. Not only are they are challenged with turning prose into cinema, but they must meet the expectations of an emotionally invested audience—and that audience has already created a movie of the book in their heads, as they read it. That’s a tall order, but books-to-film more »

Blu-ray Review: Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Is there anyone on this planet who hasn’t seen Andrew Lloyd Weber’s smash stage musical The Phantom of the Opera by this point? Of course there are (this reviewer included), and for those unfortunate souls, this 2012 Blu-ray release is about as close as you’re going to get without being there. Filmed at a performance more »

Music Review: The B-52s: With the Wild Crowd! (Blu-ray/CD, Eagle Vision)

They’ve been billed as “The World’s Greatest Party Band,” and in reference to the B-52s, that’s not a hollow claim, as evidenced by this recently filmed and recorded pair of releases—the same show in Blu-ray and on CD. This concert, a homecoming show in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA, shows The B-52s doing what more »

Blu-ray Review: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

It was nearly impossible to grow up in the 1970s without being at least somewhat aware of Monty Python and the British comedy troupe’s classic bits. None of the group’s works—not their long-running BBC TV series, their record albums, etc.—resonated with the American public like their feature film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which more »