Tag Archive for singer-songwriter

Class of 2018: The Overachievers

You know it’s been a strange year in music when the Billboard charts and the critic’s year-end lists have so much in common. Stereogum gave the #1 spot to a pop country album; the same album that topped lists from People and Entertainment Weekly. Janelle Monáe finally got the credit she deserved when she released The ArchAndroid eight years ago. Mitski… Read more →

Goodbye to the legendary Leonard Cohen

It was 1988 when my dad brought home the I’m Your Man CD. I was used to him listening to classic rock, contemporary country, and (don’t judge him) Michael Bolton, so my 11-year-old ears were not prepared for the sounds of L. Cohen. That booming voice, the angelic backup singers, the horns and the poetry. My friends and I would play… Read more →

Margo Price. Bluebird Theater. 10.24.16

Margo Price. Bluebird Theater. 10.24.16 We were in Nashville, Tennessee exactly one year ago today. A group of us decided to book a mini-vacation around Jason Isbell’s residency at the famous Ryman Auditorium. My wife and I were among the first to arrive in the city and our Airbnb in East Nashville wasn’t quite ready for check-in, so we decided… Read more →

Jason Isbell / Lucero. Red Rocks. 09.14.16

Jason Isbell / Lucero. Red Rocks. 09.14.16 “You come to shows here often?” It was an honest question, but it sparked a pissing contest of sorts. We were on the ramp leading into the venue from the Upper North Lot and a married couple behind us was trying to determine the odds of getting decent seats. It was my 27th show of the season… Read more →

Ryan Adams. Red Rocks. 08.17.16

Ryan Adams. Red Rocks. 08.17.16 “This actually fucking happened! Mike, look at that! There are a bunch of people right there, look! They are right there!!!” Ryan Adams was speaking to Mike Viola, the guitarist for his latest band, The Shining. The thing which had just happened (and was still happening) was the last performance of their short summer tour.… Read more →