On tour

Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 - 2:30 am
Before the luxury of pushing a button or selecting a setting to fabricate a sound or sound effect, musicians had to create the sounds they wanted themselves. Portland’s indie folk quartet Horse Feathers maintains these older standards, bringing a household hand saw to the instrumental line up and...
Posted on Sunday, December 12th, 2010 - 4:49 am
After driving around downtown Boulder for about 20 minutes and finally finding a parking spot eight blocks away, I hurried through the crowds toward the Boulder Theatre.  The John McLaughlin concert on Saturday just happened to coincide with the city’s annual Christmas parade. At first the...
Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 - 10:25 am
It was a big weekend for me seeing Ghostland Observatory one night, DJ Shadow the next, and completing my girlfriend’s birthday weekend with Roger Waters performing The Wall (one of my top shows ever), so a lot was to be expected. On November 21, DJ Shadow brought his “Shadowsphere” tour to the...
Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - 8:38 pm
It was a night to remember in Oakland, December 3, 2010, the night Roger Waters was slated to play Pink Floyd’s historic album The Wall in its entirety. The Oracle Arena in Oakland was packed to maximum capacity, with standing room only. Fans around me were telling old stories of seeing Roger...
Posted on Sunday, December 5th, 2010 - 12:09 am
Not to be confused with American Idol’s Kristy Lee Cook, Kristy Lee says she’s the real deal. Indeed, she is. Heart, soul, musician, singer, charisma, and a sense of humor that would put many comedians to shame, Kristy Lee put the electricity in New York City’s Bowery Electric Thursday night. Her...
Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 - 8:10 pm
Greeting San Francisco’s The Independent with wide smiles and affectionate waves, country/folk quartet Dawes blessed the Saturday night crowd with golden vocals, sultry finger picking, and radiant, molten country jams evocative of Workingman’s Dead.  Riding rave reviews of their performances...
Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010 - 7:19 am
Awestruck by the immortal musicians lining Fillmore Auditorium’s corridors, 25 weeks pregnant Stars female vocalist Amy Millan, glowing and beaming, dedicated the Stars’ Fillmore Auditorium performance to Jerry Garcia, who she’s sure is “still kicking it up there somewhere!” The eloquent, Montreal...
Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010 - 6:33 am
I hear a lot of people bust on the fans of String Cheese Incident.  Have you had the same experience?  It’s weird.. It’s like those that don’t dig them, really feel the need to share this, with anyone who appears willing to listen..  Or even if they don’t appear willing..  I’ve...
Posted on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 - 6:04 am
Some bands always seem to fly just under the radar much of their careers, with some varying success of album sales or tour popularity.  Quite possibly the greatest example of such is the quirky but talented group known as Ween.  Now in their 25th year making music together, Gene and Dean...
Posted on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 - 1:49 am
A wall of fog hangs over the Golden Gate, as jasmine bombards the olfactory system and a nippy gust foreshadows the crisp San Francisco eve.  Gothic chandeliers dip and dangle overhead the Fillmore Auditorium, as flannel clad hipsters scrupulously survey burgundy velvet curtains, absent-...