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Sean Altman Breaks His "Losing Streak" With New CD

Sean Altman has released "Losing Streak" -- his 22-song collection of live recordings from the Loser's Lounge tribute series, including sprightly renditions of songs by Costello, Queen, Bowie, McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, The Monkees, Burt Bacharach, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, Elvis, Simon & Garfunkel, Devo, Van Morrison and The Zombies; duets with David Yazbek, Connie Petruk, Nick Danger and Sue Kersch; and four acapella performances featuring Sean & The Losertones.

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Vox One Working On Fifth CD

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Tuckermans At 9 Wins Top Honors

ROCHESTER, NH  Tuckermans at 9 was awarded First Place in the Adult Category of the 2005 Rochester Community Showcase, sponsored by Arts Rochester. The seven members of the Seacoast-based, contemporary a cappella group hail from Brentwood, Dover, Durham, New Durham, and Ossipee, New Hampshire, and Lebanon, Maine. We formed in April 2004 in my living room, says co-founder and baritone Mark Miller. Most of us had sung together in other groups and choruses, which really helped us get a good start. But we were coming mostly from a more classical singing tradition. Contemporary a cappella is squarely in the pop music camp mostly rock n roll, folk and light jazz but sung a cappella, quite literally, without instruments. Everything you hear comes from our mouths, even the drums.

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Clockwork and The Idea of North . . . a Great Idea

Clockwork and The Idea of North . . . a Great IdeaAt the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CASunday April 17, 2005 Taking a seat in Berkeleys Freight & Salvage for the Sunday night show, I expected smooth blend, satisfying harmonies, and that thrill of what the human voice can do. Isnt that what good a cappella is about? But the vocal jazz double bill, local quintet Clockwork and the Australian quartet The Idea of North, provided much more. The evening in the wood-beamed venue also included striking original arrangements, impressive musicianship, and a contagious passion for making great music, especially jazz.  Clockwork started off the show with some smart and unique arrangements that interwove jazz riffs and lush chords and reinvented familiar tunes like The Beatles Blackbird, arranged by bass Stephen Saxon. A couple stand-outs in the lush chord category were the beautiful Little Girl Blue and My Baby Just Cares For Me with a lilting solo by tenor John Paddock.

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Dress Like A $50 Ticket

BOSTON -- That headline is a direct quote from Keith Garde, Rockapella manager, Aerosmith consultant, and all-around Dynamic Person. "This is what I tell Rockapella all the time", says Garde.