Nathan Burnstein


Depeche Mode To Rock in Tel Aviv

By Nathan Burnstein

Depeche Mode To Rock in Tel Aviv
The musicians of English pop group Depeche Mode are men of their word. Two years after canceling a highly anticipated concert in Israel because of the Second Lebanon War, the group has announced it will perform in the country — as promised — in a make-up show scheduled for May 10 in northern Tel Aviv. The concert, the debut stop on the band’s “Tour of the Universe,” will serve as a tribute to “the enduring patience of the great Israeli fans,” said Andy Fletcher, the group’s co-founder and keyboardist, at an October 6 press conference in Berlin.Read More


‘Holy’ Prog Rock

By Nathan Burnstein

‘Holy’ Prog Rock
Television’s religious calendar just gets busier and busier. Five years after “The O.C.” popularized “Chrismukkah,” and 11 years after “Seinfeld” brought fans “Festivus,” music channel VH1 Classic has invented another semi-Jewish pseudo-holiday.Read More






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