Apr 12, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

It was a bit unnerving when we were driving on the 40 between Memphis and Little Rock in a terrible rain storm and a loud emergency alert flashed up on my phone telling us there was a tornado warning and to take shelter immediately. What shelter? More

Apr 08, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

This evening Mr. Hitchcock played not a single one of my (many) favorite songs of his. It did not matter in the slightest. The gig was excellent. Possibly even because of this, in that the way the set developed and unfolded kept one in a constant state of wonder and appreciation.  More

Mar 29, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

Opening night of the North American leg of Greg Dulli's "An Evening With..." tour kicked off in Cambridge, MA on March 10. You can trust Dulli, he's a consummate showman. So when the first couple of numbers seem a little shaky as the band is finding its feet and sound onstage, there's no need to worry. More

Feb 12, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

Braving a frigid, face-numbing Chicago winter, a faithful pack huddled into Schubas Tavern for a night of exemplary guitar pop classicism courtesy of EZTVMartin Courtney (best known as Real Estate's frontman), and likeminded collaborators. More

Jan 17, 2016 Live Web Exclusive

Not long after news of David Bowie's death shocked the world last week, Arcade Fire and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band announced a second line parade through New Orleans' French Quarter to honor the late musician. (Traditionally, a New Orleans funeral involves two lines-the first, a somber march to the cemetery; the second parade is an animated, musical celebration of the deceased's life.) More

Nov 30, 2015 Live

The final day of any festival is a bit like camp. By that point, you’ve made a few new friends, had a few incredible bonding experiences, and never ever want to go home. More

Nov 24, 2015 Live

For the first night, I took it easy. Well, easyish. Along the way I learned that I’m late to the party on an indie darling, that Germans know how to rock, heartache still sells, and the Dutch are crazy y’all. Let’s blurb it out. More