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Elvis Costello, and his dad, in a fabulous Seattle show

4/27/15: If you missed Elvis Costello’s fabulous performance last night at the Seattle’s Paramount (“they don’t build palaces like this anymore”), here’s my review from the Seattle Times. I’ve seen Elvis a lot, in many incarnations, but this was the best show I’ve ever seen him put on. I think part of that is

The Cost of Elvis Costello’s First Seattle Show: $1

Elvis Costello appears in Seattle on April 26, 2015. Here’s a preview, and a report back on his first show from several decades ago.   http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/music/elvis-costello-makes-a-detour-to-seattle-concert-preview/

4/18/15 The Sonics and Eddie Vedder and Friends Rock Easy Street

Saturday night’s Sonics’ show at Easy Street Records was a concert that I’m certain I will feel the afterglow of for some time to come. It was only later, after the concert had happened and I was talking to the band in Easy Street’s basement, that I realized the show as the same night

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll, and the Weird Sexual Organs of Animals

Here’s my review from today’s Seattle Times of this fascinating new science book. About sex! And drugs! And music! http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/books/sex-drugs-rock-in-this-book-all-in-the-name-of-science/

Reviewing the Reviewer: Christgau’s Memoir Reviewed

In Sunday’s Seattle Times you’ll find my review of Robert Christgau’s new memoir. It’s a book that no only tells the history of his life, but also serves as a primer on rock criticism itself. And though you don’t give books letter grades in the Times, as Christgau has graded albums in his column

“Heavier Than Heaven” on Seattle Met’s Seattle Top 20

I’m honored that Seattle Metropolitan listed “Heavier Than Heaven” as one of the twenty books every Seattleite should read. I’m particularly honored to be on any list with Raymond Carver, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, well, and a host of other incredible writers. http://www.seattlemet.com/arts-and-entertainment/articles/20-books-every-seattleite-should-read-april-2015

The Replacements Are Back… By Unpopular Demand

The Replacements return to Seattle next week — “Back by unpopular demand!” my favorite line from any gig poster, except the old Hank Williams one I have “If the good lord is willing and the creek don’t rise.” What’s your favorite show promo line? Here’s my preview of the Replacements from today’s Seattle Times.

Beale Street, When it was the Center of Black Culture

Rufus Thomas, of the “Funky Chicken,” once said of Memphis’  Beale Street that it was heaven. “I told a white fella,” Thomas  said, “that if you were black for one Saturday night on Beale Street, you would never want to be white anymore.” It’s one of my favorite places in the world, and even

Over the moon about Los Lobos in Seattle

Many of my friends may be seeing some break-out new band in Austin tonight, but whoever they are, they won’t be as good as Los Lobos were last night at the Triple Door in Seattle. I enjoyed talking with the band backstage about their first-ever Seattle show in the eighties — which was a

The “New Jimi Hendrix album” isn’t new, and isn’t much Jimi really

If you’re wondering about the “new” Jimi Hendrix album, well it’s not truly new, and it’s also not truly Jimi Hendrix. Here’s me discussing it on KUOW today. http://kuow.org/…/frontman-jimi-hendrix-came-sideman-jimmy-…