Tag Archives: Live

Fiona Apple vs. Rodney King

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

I Don’t Wanna Worry About Dying

If Greg asks, the show was terrible. Flat, uninspired and certainly not life affirming. Not in the slightest. Greg’s my friend who bought the tickets. Just before Japandroids start tuning up, he gets an SOS text from his wife to come home and help with their very newborn son. Selfless Greg hops in a cab … Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Worry About Dying

Costello: On with the Show

Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Caesar’s Windsor, April 21, 2012 In 1986—I think, as that was a long time ago, after all—the year that Elvis Costello and the Attractions put out Blood and Chocolate, they went out on tour in support of the record.  I saw them at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Costello … Continue reading Costello: On with the Show

Greensky Bluegrass at The Loft

Greensky Bluegrass at The Loft Lansing, MI Thursday, April 12, 2012 The thing that struck me the most about this Greensky Bluegrass show was the crowd. By the time they stepped on stage, The Loft was packed with people. The excitement and anticipation in the air was electric. During the show, almost everyone was dancing … Continue reading Greensky Bluegrass at The Loft

A Few Words About Springsteen

Last night Sab and I and several thousand other people saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in suburban Detroit. Sab has seen Springsteen on a number of occasions.  Something like seven.  I’ve never seen him before.  Sab is going to write something breaking down the show.  He’s … Continue reading A Few Words About Springsteen

Andrew WK Live in Chicago: Ten Years After

Andrew WK at Riviera Theatre Chicago, March 25, 2012 All of the dudes were there, and that was just on stage. Flanked by four wild-haired guitarists, plus a drummer and his black leotard-clad wife, Andrew WK stood in a party line of his own making and flailed, writhed, pumped his fists to the rager soundtrack … Continue reading Andrew WK Live in Chicago: Ten Years After

The Levon Helm Band at The Michigan Theater

The Levon Helm Band at The Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI, March 19, 2012 Me and Levon go way back. Waaaay back. All the way back to… 1985 or so. I was in my early teens, the Bob Dylan box set Biograph had just come out, and I was listening to that a lot. My dad’s … Continue reading The Levon Helm Band at The Michigan Theater

The Pack a.d. – Sirens

So, last week I decided to check out the love show of a band I knew nothing about. I don’t get to do that nearly as often as I’d like to, but my pal and local PR man, Nathan put the word out he was looking for a date and I decided to go hang … Continue reading The Pack a.d. – Sirens

Dark Star Orchestra Live in Detroit

Dark Star Orchestra at the Majestic Theater Detroit, February 9, 2012 Detroit in February is cold. Not necessarily a place you want to visit. But on a windy and bitter Thursday night, music hungry deadheads converged on the Majestic Theater in Detroit. Dark Star Orchestra was in town. And the audience got what they came … Continue reading Dark Star Orchestra Live in Detroit

GBV Bassist Wipes Out on Letterman

Jake and I were just talking yesterday about how lame and sterile live TV appearances have become (compared to this). From lip-synching to flawless choreography to note-for-note playback of their latest singles, artists hawking their wares on TV have become a bore. Except for Guided By Voices. Watch Pollard and crew jumble through their perfectly … Continue reading GBV Bassist Wipes Out on Letterman