Michael Atchison


Michael Atchison writes about music for The Bridge. He is the host of Revival on The Bridge and the author of three books, including the novel “Mellow Submarine,” which Publishers Weekly calls “a fast-paced delight."

Revival with Michael Atchison is on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday.

Articles by Michael Atchison

Episode 147 – The Long and Short Of It

Posted on February 21 2021 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features a whole lot of short songs and a handful of long tracks that clock in at over 10 minutes.  We hear epics from Bridge Artist of the Week Fela Kuti, Erykah Badu and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, plus short blasts of punk from Wire and... [Read More]

Episode 146 – Valentine's Day

Posted on February 14 2021 by Michael Atchison

Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and we celebrate with two hours of love songs — from the burning love of Elvis Presley to Sarah Vaughan’s funny valentine. We hear classics from The Beach Boys and Barry White, plus some anti-love songs from Roy Orbison and Dee... [Read More]

Episode 145 – Black History Month

Posted on February 7 2021 by Michael Atchison

It’s Black History Month, and this week’s show features landmark recordings from Louis Armstrong and Robert Johnson, sublime standards from Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, and guitar heroics from Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Hazel. We also hear the founda... [Read More]

Episode 144 – Restless and Numb

Posted on January 31 2021 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features three bands from Scotland, two songs in French, and some classic 1990s electronica. We also hear a punk icon leading a band of musical virtuosos, and a virtuosic songwriter collaborating with two of his few peers. All that, plus... [Read More]

Episode 143 – Space Age Bachelors and Cosmic Americans

Posted on January 24 2021 by Michael Atchison

This week’s episode of Revival features some Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, plus purveyors of the unrelated form, Cosmic American Music. We also hear some supple R&B from the early 1970s, an obscurity from an '80s band that first released its songs onl... [Read More]

Episode 142 – Pistols 'N' Roses

Posted on January 17 2021 by Michael Atchison

This week’s episode of Revival features three bands at the vanguard of 1990s alt-country, a trio of 1960s southern soul singles, and some straight-ahead American roots rock from the 1980s. We also hear one track featuring two Sex Pistols and another featu... [Read More]

Episode 141 – This Will Be Our Year

Posted on January 10 2021 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features three bands with dueling lead guitarists, two terrific singers from West Africa, and some lesser-known bands from the first wave of UK punk. We also hear a song from The Velvet Underground’s legendary debut and one from a classic... [Read More]

Episode 140 – 1980 In Review

Posted on December 27 2020 by Michael Atchison

It’s the last show of 2020, so it’s time for our Year In Review, but Revival is a retro show, so the year is 1980. We enter the post-punk era with classics from The Clash and Joy Division, a disco masterpiece from Diana Ross, and a hip-hop landmark from K... [Read More]

Episode 139 – Third Annual Revival Holiday Spectacular

Posted on December 20 2020 by Michael Atchison

With Christmas just days away, it’s time for our Third Annual Holiday Spectacular – two full hours of songs of the season. We hear holiday cheer from three Beatles, two jazz giants, and the singular King of Rock And Roll. We also engage in a critical reas... [Read More]

Episode 138 – The Private Life of the Teenage FBI

Posted on December 13 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features three slices of expert 1990s guitar pop, two tracks from the English dance club phenomenon called Northern Soul, and some modern artists putting their stamp on Cole Porter songs. We also hear two members of The New York Dolls tog... [Read More]


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