ACL Recap Day Three: A Few Jaw Dropping Moments

Sunday was bittersweet. The bitter in that it was the last day of ACL, but the sweet that it promised to be a great day. On the agenda for Sunday were Blind Pilot, Dawes, The Morning Benders, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Band of Horses and The National. I loved Blind Pilot’s set. It […]

ACL Recap Day One: Black Keys, Vampires, and Monsters Oh My!

Thursday was an off day from the Festival. I got to have lunch with my former boss who moved back to Austin. I got to take a tour of his offices and facilities in West Campus of University of Texas. His company is doing some exciting things and growing like crazy, it reminded me of […]

ACL Recap Day Minus One: Getting There From Here

I went to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2005 and every year since I’ve seen it come and go wishing I made the effort to get there again. 2010 was the year. The lineup was solid, not as much in the headliner department, but the mid-major and small time bands made up for […]

Matthew Ryan’s City Life in Portland, OR

When the topic of favorite music comes up and I mention Matthew Ryan, most people ask who he is.  Sometimes I just explain politely that he’s an independent artist, other times I tell an anecdote about how my friend Riche found him on World Cafe or Mountain Stage or something like that years ago and […]

Josh Ritter and Dawn Landes in Anchorage

I spent the week leading up to 1/31 trying to convince everyone I know to show up at UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Saturday night for Josh Ritter’s show (mostly through Twitter). This was the third time I’ve seen Josh Ritter live. Once in a solo capacity like Saturday’s show and once with his band; […]

Colin Hay @ The Discovery Theater

Two things became evidently clear to me last night. 1. Colin Hay is an entertainer.2. Colin Hay is a brilliant songwriter. About 25 minutes into his performance, Colin Hay had played two songs but told several entertaining stories and several jokes. Not the typical pace of a concert, he notified the crowd, “this is how […]

Royalty in the Smithsonian: Son Volt @ The Fillmore: March 30, 2007

My last California concert for who knows how long was at the Smithsonian of California music. Magnolia Electric Co. opened for Son Volt. I thought they were great, but I’m not sure the beauty of their songs was there live…or maybe it was just the night. I was glad to be front and center when […]