July Talk at Bottom Lounge 4/18/22

It had been a while since my last July Talk show. Even before the world shut down, it had been a couple of years. Still, my memory of them being one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen proved to be true. One song in to their set at Bottom Lounge was long enough for me to see that they hadn’t lost any of … Continue reading July Talk at Bottom Lounge 4/18/22

The Dead Deads at Park West 3/30/22

Going in to Park West on March 30th to see The Darkness, I had never heard of Nashville-based rock group The Dead Deads. I was approached by more than one fellow concertgoer who asked me if I was familiar with them, assuring me that I was in for a treat once they took the stage. To their credit, they were all correct. Once the band … Continue reading The Dead Deads at Park West 3/30/22

The Darkness at Park West 3/30/22

It’s been nearly 20 years since The Darkness exploded on the scene with their debut album, Permission To Land. It had been a while since a band came along and brought the over-the-top and in-your-face rock and roll the band exhibited on their first single, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” Through great success, a lengthy hiatus, and some lineup changes, they still appear … Continue reading The Darkness at Park West 3/30/22

Nubya Garcia at Aragon Ballroom 3/5/22

Like most people, I learned about jazz by watching the 2016 almost-best-picture-winner La La Land and having it explained to me by Ryan Gosling. It began in flophouses, as I recall. That’s not true. While jazz is a little bit of a blind spot for me overall, I know the big names and spent a good deal of time listening to them as I tried … Continue reading Nubya Garcia at Aragon Ballroom 3/5/22

The Wombats at Park West 2/3/22

As I stood outside Park West a few days ago, I tried to find ways to dissociate from my body to avoid freezing. I had arrived fifteen minutes before doors opened, but they were delayed for reasons unknown and the temperature was lingering in the single digits. I was eavesdropping on the conversation behind me in which a nice young man gave his girlfriend his … Continue reading The Wombats at Park West 2/3/22