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Mardi Gras in a Los Angeles Record Store is a Big Easy

To whomever left this gift of karma on my Los Angeles parking meter, probably knowing that I was rushing to the Ameoba Records mardi gras parade — thank you. The 75 cents was nice, but the note was priceless. The day got even better: We saw a fabulous set by Steve Earle at the

At the Neptune, Lucinda Williams sings of loss and blessings

Lucinda Williams’ show last night at the Neptune was sublime, and much more focused than her Zoo show in the summer: Here’s my review. Even better was talking to her after the show (with country superstar Miranda Lambert also backstage, a big fan herself) about songwriting, being an “outsider” artist, publishing, Seattle music, and

Roll Over Beethoven, Mad Season is Here

1/30/15: The most super thing happening in Seattle music this weekend occurs tonight at the Seattle Symphony with an all-time dream band: Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Matt Cameron, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Walking Papers’ Barrett Martin and Duff McKagan, Kim Virant , Jefferson Angell, plus a bevy of others, including the Symphony, all doing

Patti Smith at the Moore: Ghosts and the Living

1/20/15: Patti Smith was incredible last night at the Moore. If I’ve got as much fire as she has when I’m 68, I’ll have lived a full life. Here’s my take on the show from the Seattle Times. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/…/patti-smith-bares-her-rebe…/

Patti Smith, Fresh From the Vatican, Hits Seattle

1/16/15: My preview of the upcoming Patti Smith concert is in the Seattle Times today. Patti Smith comes to Seattle on Monday night at the Moore. I saw her first Seattle show at the Paramount, and her last local gig at the Neptune in 2013. Over the years two others really stuck out: Her

Huffington Post Tells You Facts You Didn’t Know About Nirvana

1/14/15: The Huffington Post has a piece up today that details things many fans might not know about Nirvana. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/nirvana-behind-scenes_n_6464822.html?1421255168. I do love the horse photo of Kurt and Krist.

Best of 2014: The War On Drugs, Basement Tapes Reissue

Yes, the War on Drugs. It’s that time of year when critics begin to compile their “best of” lists, which are usually equal parts elitism and self indulgence and I’m guilty as charged. Even years before I was a published critic, I was a sucker for year-end lists, probably the result of teen years

It’s the End of the Music Industry as We Know It and R.E.M.’s Got a a New Singles Box

One of the only bright spots in the music industry this year has been the growth in vinyl sales. Those sales are still tiny in terms of revenue, but they are growing, and even MP3 sales are headed down. Here’s my review in the Seattle Times of something we haven’t seen much of for

Should Robert Plant take the $800 million dollar Led Zep deal?

Though the initial story that floated around a few weeks ago of Robert Plant ripping up an $800 million dollar contract for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour is untrue, he clearly was indeed offered many many millions on several of occasions. So far, he has turned them all down, and not because the offers

On Hendrix and race on Counterpunch.org

There’s an interesting article on how race played a role in Jimi Hendrix’s life up today on Counterpunch.org. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/07/jimi-hendrix-torn-between-two-worlds/