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8/2/15: Ernest Ranglin is a true legend in reggae, jazz, and world music

I’ve been a fan of Ernest Ranglin’s for years, but only got the chance to see him live last night. I talked with the legend for some time, and he could not have been more gracious. He told me stories of being the guitarist at Ronnie Scott’s in London in 1964 when that city

7/21/15 Morrissey came to town. No animals were harmed

Slaughterhouse 5: Mr. Morrissey came to Seattle last night or as he called it “the city.” I’ve never heard anyone refer to Seattle as “the city” so I’m not sure if he says that at every tour stop to not confuse Cleveland with Akron say, or if he’s confused Seattle for the downtown financial

7/12/15: I just wasn’t made for these times, nor was Brian Wilson

I have to admit the first time I ever truly got “into” the Beach Boys was after a bootleg of “Smile” came my way. Uncut magazine called this “the greatest bootleg” of all-time. Before that, the Beach Boys of my youth were a band that played state fairs that I reacted “against,” because they

6/15/15 CeDell Davis brings the delta to Seattle’s Croc

The CeDell Davis show last night at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe was one I’m sure I will remember for some time. Some of the visual elements I couldn’t find room to describe in my review were the interaction between the musicians onstage. There was the laughter of Scott McCaughey as he realized an occasional cue

5/26/15 Sasquatch: I love St. Paul and the Broken Bones

It might be because I grew up in Eastern Washington, but music always sounds better east of the Columbia River. That was certainly true of this year’s Sasquatch Festival which knocked it out of the park. Here’s my review from the Seattle Times (and Paul DeBarros’s). Highlights that didn’t make print included: — Talking

5/20/15 Rhiannon Giddens was magnificent

This headline is not an oversell: Rhiannon Giddens truly was magnificent last night (5/20/15) at Meany Hall. Here’s my review. http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/music/rhiannon-giddens-magnificent-at-meany/

5/15/15 U2 kicks off world tour in Vancouver, B.C. and the Edge falls off the stage

Here’s my take on U2’s tour debut in Vancouver in May 2015. It was one of the most visually stunning shows I have ever seen. And the Edge survived, unhurt. http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/music/u2-review1/

Lambert & Stamp tells the story of the early Who with killer footage

“Lambert & Stamp,” a new documentary about the early days of British-Invasion rock band the Who, leaves out some important material, but it’s still a worthy film for any fan of the Who, or British rock. They also started a record label simply because they wanted to sign Jimi Hendrix, so the world is

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/