Articles By: Trey Irby

Performance: the career killer

Performance: the career killer

One of the chief lines in the 2003 Richard Linklater film “School of Rock” involves the idea that “one great rock show can change the world.” The line is both a mantra and a throwaway joke, considering the film’s release in a world where the idea of a single brilliant individual performance is more dormant than ever. But can a […]

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The best of 2011: “Strange Mercy” tops list that includes Gaga, G-Side

The best of 2011: “Strange Mercy” tops list that includes Gaga, G-Side

I know that list making does that annoying thing where I try to quantify art by saying one thing is somehow more valuable than the others. I also know that this framing device is pretentious, and that you’re going to be mad that your favorites didn’t make it. That is something that applies to every list, ever.   10. Lady […]

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Music to think about

Sometimes it is extremely difficult to honestly critique music. It may be because you’ve developed a friendship with the people involved, compromising any attempt at a more distant critical view. You may hate the genre, the gimmick or have just heard one song too many times. But this may be tough because I don’t know thing one about what I […]

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‘Change Over Time’ explores music as conversation

Sometimes it is extremely difficult to honestly critique music. It may be because you’ve developed a friendship with the people involved, compromising any attempt at a more distant critical view. You may hate the genre, the gimmick or have just heard one song too many times. But this may be tough because I don’t know thing one about what I […]

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Ham Bagby provides experience to a youthful scene

When meeting local musicians in Tuscaloosa, many students are surprised to find that these artists are in the same age range as they are. The guy who wrote “Sassprilluh Champagne” is barely out of college, the buzz band in town has a vocalist barely born in the 1980s and gigs can even be headlined by people that can’t legally drink […]

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