I’ve been in bands my entire adult life. For most of that time, it was the most important element of my identity. Being in a band was not only a crucial creative outlet, but also a social space; it was how I met people beyond what is now the GLONO crew. The first band I … Continue reading Forever Summer
The show was billed as “A Very Special Solo Performance” by Regina Spektor. And it certainly felt special. She was chatty and giggly between songs and seemed to sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic adoration of her fans at the sold out 20 Monroe Live. I’ve never been to a concert where the fans whiplashed between shouts … Continue reading Live: Regina Spektor in Grand Rapids
Video: Sheryl Crow – “Roller Skate” From Be Myself, out now on Warner Bros. It’s cool to see Sheryl Crow skating around the da Vinci Horse (by sculptor Nina Akamu) at Meijer Gardens in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In fact, all the scenes in the video where Crow is wearing the black “Grateful” … Continue reading New Sheryl Crow video: Roller Skate
Tav Falco brings his Panther Burns ft. Mike Watt to a tiny club in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Let this be my annual reminder: I need to get out to more shows. It’s easy to forget what a transformative experience a tight band in a small club can create. Craig Finn knows this. He exudes pure joy on stage. The crowd internalizes this joy and amplifies it back to the stage, generating a … Continue reading My Annual Reminder: The Hold Steady in Grand Rapids
In a speech similar in tone to her widely-mocked 1997 MTV Video Music Awards acceptance, Fiona Apple told her Grand Rapids audience that she’s been really upset about Rodney King since he died and that she’s been carrying a picture of him. “We really let that guy down.” The speech culminated with Apple declaring July … Continue reading Fiona Apple vs. Rodney King
Play Till You Die. That’s Wayne “the Train” Hancock’s motto. And by all appearances, he’s living it. He’s back on the road after having to cancel a bunch of dates this summer “to enter a comprehensive residential rehabilitation program.” The last time I saw him in concert was over ten years ago, and back then … Continue reading Wayne Hancock Live in Grand Rapids
The Great Daryl Nathan Entertainment Show was the best show on Grand Rapids public access television in the mid-90s.
Liz Phair plays nasty in the world’s haven for Reformed Christianity and the social conservatism that comes with it: Grand Rapids, Michigan. The kneepads aren’t for praying, mister.
Guided By Voices The Intersection, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 26, 2003 We took our seats as the opening act was setting up. The Intersection is a nice little venue with a well-stocked bar and a relaxed atmosphere. Not the cozy old shithole it was before relocating, but still a good place to see a show. … Continue reading Wasted: Guided By Voices Keep Playing