Archive for November, 2008

Concerts To Go

25Nov08

It’s almost the biggest travel day of the year, which means there will be lots of people driving, flying and, unfortunately, waiting around. All of these things are a hundred times better with music. My favorite time to listen to either full albums or music I haven’t listened to in a while is when I […]


Tonight ABC aired a live episode of “My Super Sweet Sixteen” starring birthday girl Miley Cyrus, her teeny-bopper friends and over a dozen musical performances. Oh wait, I just realized this was actually the 2008 American Music Awards. I was confused. When I saw The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale, Jesse McCartney, and Demi […]


I sometimes wonder if everyone needs some mode of creative expression in order to survive. It makes me feel better to see people giving themselves a creative outlet, whether it’s writing, singing, playing, dancing, cooking, painting, gardening, building or sketching. I imagine it would be tough to keep everything stored in your head forever, so […]


A.C. Newman took to the Bell House stage last night after what he claimed was a three-and-a-half year hiatus spent “working his day job.” Seems normal, except for the fact that his day job is lead singer of the highly successful Canadian band The New Pornographers. Since releasing his first solo album The Slow Wonder […]


I don’t think you need a scientific study to tell you that listening to certain music can make you happy. There are definitely songs that I listen to that just make me smile or put me in a better mood, even if just momentarily. But, now there is research supporting the theory that listening to […]


Cover Me Live

12Nov08

So it appears as though YouTube and the ‘movie mode’ on cameras have teamed up to offer the ultimate in concert spoilers—giving away the artists’ cover song performances. Usually, the cover songs are a fun and unexpected treat, and they are unique to live shows. But along came YouTube and the artists’ tricks were revealed […]


Maybe they’re just killing time, or maybe this is what musicians do—they just play music anywhere. And now that everyone has a camera in their pocket, it’s easy to capture some impromptu jam sessions and share them with the world. Here are a few interesting ones I have seen. Do not be fooled, this first […]