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Peter Gilstrap

Los Straitjackets with Deke Dickerson (left)

Why Is Los Straitjackets Guitarist Danny Amis Moving to Mexico?

For two decades Los Straitjackets have donned the Lucha Libre masks, the snazzy dark suits and the sparkling, space-age DiPinto guitars. For 20 albums — their 21st came out last month — they have blazed a path through lyric-free music, dipping into primal surf, sparkling ‘60s pop, spaghetti Western, spy......

No Dark Knight: Salute to Sir George Martin, and His Ears

There they are, live and in person, flown in especially from London. A bit fleshy, slightly tan, rarely seen up close by most members of the general public. They are 82 years old now and not as strong as they once were, but still, respect must be given. After all,......

Carnality Circa '82: A Dave Naz Joint

If you read enough rock journalism, sooner or later you’ll find some reference to the anarchistic spirit of punk rock, and the big question, Where Did It Go? — as if it’s something that might be caked with dust mites, long lost behind the fridge. Or has it been handed......

Nashville Star Search

Once upon a time, a star in Nashville was a great big glittery thing. A thang, to be precise, that meant block-long Cadillacs in custom colors with the horns of bulls mounted on the front and your Big Name painted on the side. It meant garish rhinestoned nudie outfits. Most......