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Zack Urlocker
Santa Cruz, CA
Software executive, runner, guitar player
Interests: Music, writing, running, cycling, IF
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If you grew up in the '70s Jethro Tull was a band that was hard not to notice. They had a slew of FM radio hits and a distinct flute-driven sound ranging from blues to hard rock to prog to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GuitarVibe.com
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The indie rock flick "Rumble" has been hitting some of the film festivals this year and I managed to catch a showing up in Traverse City. It's a great film for those who like music, especially rock and blues. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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I'd been looking forward to Anthony Horowitz's "Magpie Murders" since I first read about it in an interview in 2014. Horowitz is a prolific author and television screenwriter ("Agatha Christie's Poirot," "Midsomer Murders," and the classic "Foyle's War") and I've long been a fan. He's written two authorized Sherlock Holmes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Z-Machine Matter
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For a lot of people, Joe’s Garage remains one of the most approachable of Frank Zappa’s works. Technically, a triple album when released on vinyl in 1979, it's long since been reissued as a double CD combining Acts I, II... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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The Summer concert season has kicked off in Northern Michigan with a concert by The Accidentals at Fountain Point Resort, just outside Traverse City. The Accidentals just wrapped up a 40 city tour and are preparing for the launch of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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This past weekend, my brother and I completed the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, a two-day ride put on by the Ottawa Bicycle Club from Ottawa to Kingston and back. This was my third time; my brother has probably done it a dozen times. There were about 2,000 participants, mostly hard-core... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The Yak Whisperer
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Following up on my prior post on The Art of Atari, fans of British retro computing will want to get a copy of the fascinating "Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium" published by Bitmap Books in the UK. Though not as comprehensive as "The Art of Atari" the book provides... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Z-Machine Matter
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I'm very proud to see how much Duo Security has continue to grow. In 2016 we more than doubled Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) year over year, finishing at $73m and becoming cash-flow positive for the year. I've been a part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at TheOpenForce.com
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Much has been made of the slowdown in tech IPOs in recent years, but that trend appears to be changing in 2017. Of course, there are a few mega-companies that continue to sit on the sidelines (AirBnB, Uber, DropBox, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at TheOpenForce.com
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Note: This story is also posted at www.rock-opera.com This next one is a bit of an odd-ball to me. It's not exactly a rock opera, but it's close enough to warrant examination. "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" came together in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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It was 50 years ago today, the Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released, ushering in a new sound for the Beatles, but also for rock music in general. For many, Sgt Pepper's is considered a breakthrough... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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I know everyone and his brother has written something about Chuck Berry's passing recently at the age of 90. Chuck Berry was truly the architect of rock and roll. As Jim Derogatis and Greg Kott put it on Sound Opinions,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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If you're a fan of ''70s era retro computing, or graphic design in general, you should check out Dan Lapetino's "Art of Atari." First of all, it's worth noting this is a hefty book; it clocks in at just about 300 full color pages in a nice hardback binding. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Z-Machine Matter
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Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols recently published his long-awaited autobiography "Lonely Boy." I've read lots of rock bios over the years, and this is certainly the funniest, but also the starkest. Jones pulls no punches as he tells of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at GuitarVibe.com
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Infocom author and gaming legend Bob Bates is running a Kickstarter project to support his new IF game "Thaumistry: In Charm's Way." Bates was the only non-Infocom employee who wrote for the company with two classic IF titles to his credit ("Sherlock" and "Arthur"). Bates also co-founded Legend Entertainment, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Z-Machine Matter
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It might have been a slow Sunday evening for some folks, but I managed to score great seats to Elvis Costello & The Imposters playing at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. I've seen Elvis about half a dozen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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New Jersey's elder statesman of rock, Bruce Springsteen, published an epic memoir "Born to Run." I'm not a Springsteen super-fan, but as far as rock docs go, it's well above average. The book clocks in at just over 500 pages,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
I admit, I'm a sucker for rock operas. And if you throw in some HP Lovecraft, well then you've definitely got my attention. "Dreams in the Witch House" is a full-blooded modern rock opera based on one of HP Lovecraft's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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In 2014, I managed to see the legendary band Televsion live in Toronto --something I never thought would happen. This is one of my all-time favorite bands since 1977's Marquee Moon. Alas, they broke up after their second album, reformed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Following out this week's concert extravaganza, the third gig in 7 days was Cheap Trick. I've seen Cheap Trick before and despite the legal drama with original drummer Bun E. Carlos, they are still a great live band. Following Cheap... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Dweezil Zappa, eldest son of musical iconoclast Frank Zappa, has been keeping his father's work alive by touring as "Zappa Plays Zappa." Or at least, he has been until a family fallout has made it impossible for him to use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Noted IF author Chris Huang is back in action with a short piece of IF called "Mustard, Music and Murder." Though the title seems a bit eccentric, maybe that's the point. This is a tie-in with Huang's golden age detective novel "Murder at the Veteran's Club" which is available for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Z-Machine Matter
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Eighties rocker Billy Idol stepped on the main stage at the Traverse City Cherry Festival Sunday evening for what was mostly a great concert. The Cherry Festival, like any typical summer state fair, attracts it's share of oldies bands, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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I was able to corner indie musician Mike Marlin between sets at Wilbert's in Cleveland in order to find more about his musical career, opening for The Stranglers and how he writes songs. He's a much more upbeat and friendly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Next weekend musical instruments mega retailer Sweetwater is holding their annual Gearfest event. If you've got GAS (Gear acquisition syndrome) this could be the perfect therapy for getting the latest demos and buying some new equipment at good prices. There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com