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: Fortune & Maltese & The Phabulous Pallbearers Live at the State Theatre Hot damn, I loved this band! And here is some fantastic newly discovered live footage of them at the peak of their powers. Thirty minutes of amped-up garage rock remastered in “Trash-o-Phonic stereo sound.” Live in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 5, 1995. … Continue reading Fortune and Maltese: Live in Kalamazoo, 1995!
At about the midway point on his month-long tour, we saw Joe Jackson at the Michigan Theater this past Saturday night. It was probably the fourth time we’ve seen him. Some middle-aged fanboys in the row behind us were trying to top one another with shows they’d seen. One said the last time he saw … Continue reading Joe Jackson in Ann Arbor: Who Said Anything About Love?
If I am being honest, I am just as guilty as anyone—maybe more so. I see “legacy” acts touring and think, “Why bother? They can’t be as good as in their prime.” Sometimes I’ve been proven right when a band that hasn’t spoken in 20 years gets together for a tour only to realize they … Continue reading Live: Graham Nash in Portland
This video has long been my go-to mood enhancer. Of the many, many amazing performances Prince has recorded over the years, this is the one I go back to again and again. There are so many reason why, but a few that come to mind are: If I could play guitar like anyone it would … Continue reading Prince Dead at 57
Tav Falco brings his Panther Burns ft. Mike Watt to a tiny club in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I’m going to tell you something most Oregonians don’t want you to know for fear that it will remove the final barrier that keeps even more people from moving out here: It doesn’t rain out here nearly as much as you probably think it does. In fact, the summers can sometimes be long, dry affairs … Continue reading Wildwood MusicFest 2015 – The Best Fest in the West
I finally saw Future Islands last night and am now ready to say I am absolutely a fan of this band. I’m kinda ambivalent about the music—I like electro-pop and disco beats as much as the next guy, but it’s not blowing my mind or anything. What is blowing my mind is the effect this … Continue reading Live: Future Islands in Portland
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
Fox Theater, July 27, 2013 “Hey Nineteen That’s ‘Retha Franklin She don’t remember The Queen of Soul It’s hard times befallen The sole survivors She thinks I’m crazy But I’m just growing old”—Becker & Fagan, “Hey Nineteen,” Gaucho. I suspect this may be the last time that I see Steely Dan in concert. And the … Continue reading Steely Dan Alive In Detroit