Muruch’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

To paraphrase my old, beloved music blog peer Said the Gramophone, please forgive Muruch for not posting much in 2019, it's very old. Like STG's Sean Michaels, I've been blissfully busy being an author instead of a critic. My debut poetry book, Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot, was published in September and it's been... Continue Reading →

The Voice: Sarah Simmons Covers Brandi Carlile

We in the Muruch household were very excited to hear Sarah Simmon cover Brandi Carlile's "The Story" on NBC's The Voice last night. It's our favorite Brandi Carlile song and really should be the next "Hallelujah" cool song everyone loves to cover (hear that, Allison Crowe?!). Sarah didn't quite capture the chill-producing emotion of Carlile's... Continue Reading →

The Voice: Sasha Allen Covers Heart

Ever since Carrie Underwood broke out on season four of American Idol with her cover of Heart's "Alone," the song has become a favorite on reality singing competitions. But it's a great song by a great band, so that's fine by me. Sasha Allen gave the femme monster ballad an emotive, acoustic soul makeover on... Continue Reading →

The Voice’s Judith Hill Covers Carole King

The Voice's Judith Hill may have covered Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" last night, but her soulful voice and piano playing reminded me of the first time I heard Alicia Keys perform "Fallin'" on The Grammys (or was it the VMAs?) back in 2001.You can watch Judith's performance and hear the original Carole King... Continue Reading →

Friday Night Lights Series Finale Tonight!

The finale episode of Friday Night Lights will air tonight on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST. I haven't been this sad to see a series end since My So-Called Life. The end of this critically acclaimed, extraordinary drama (which I've been raving about here for four years & included on my Best of the Decade... Continue Reading →

Friday Night Lights Tonight!

Don't forget to watch the new season of Friday Night Lights on NBC this and every Friday at 8pm EST! The fourth season of this brilliant tv drama aired last Friday, but don't feel left out even if you've never seen the show before. Even though there are story arcs and extensive character development over... Continue Reading →

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