The Soulless Midtown Men

The Midtown Men are four actors from the original cast of Jersey Boys, which they reminded the audience in the program and every time they talked. If you’re good, I’ve found, you don’t have to […]

April 10th, 2014|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Avetts at the Bowl

Just as I discovered Dawes, hearing “Time Spent in Los Angeles” on The Current, I became aware of the Avett Brothers when that station played “I And Love And You.” Other songs followed; I came […]

October 14th, 2013|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

The Concert for 12.12.12

The “greatest rock lineup ever assembled” was, above all, a study in rock star aging. It also made you realize, if you ever forgot, what a great decade for rock the ‘70s were. Forty years […]

February 11th, 2013|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Song of the Year

Announcing a new category: Song of the Year. The first winner, for 2011, is Dawes, A Little Bit of Everything. For 2007, if I’d started this sooner, it would be Plain White T’s, Hey There […]

October 19th, 2012|Categories: Songs of the Year|0 Comments

Fiona Apple

The single highlight of Monday night’s (July 16, 2012) Fiona Apple concert at the Orpheum came in the opening act, when Fiona’s lead guitarist, Blake Mills, performed ‘Sleepwalk,’ one of the great instrumentals in rock […]

July 18th, 2012|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Too Old to Rock’n’Roll?

Seeing Jackson Browne (acoustic) at the State Theater May 29 completes my recent trifecta of Aging Rocker Concerts that started with David Crosby and Graham Nash (both age 69) at the Arlington in Santa Barbara […]

May 31st, 2011|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Bob Seger at Xcel

     The message I took from the concert in St. Paul by 66-year-old Bob Seger is that rock’n’roll is here to stay. Although some songs he sang were 40 years old, this was not an […]

May 14th, 2011|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Introduction to Top 25

            The first step in naming the Top 25 Songs of the Rock Era, which happens to coincide with my personal music-listening era, is determining the criteria for a “Top” song.

            Obviously, the criterion is […]

May 31st, 2009|Categories: Top 25|0 Comments

1. My Girl, The Temptations

            Perhaps the most effective, evocative three-note opening sequence in rock creates an aura of anticipation so utterly fulfilled when the guitar starts ascending and the voice comes in, “I’ve got sunshine…..on a cloudy day.” […]

May 31st, 2009|Categories: Top 25|0 Comments

2. Brown-Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

            “Hey, wherever we go,” you’re pretty much assured of hearing this classic. It’s totally infectious, whether you’re singing along on the car radio or bopping on the dance floor: “We used to sing – […]

May 31st, 2009|Categories: Top 25|0 Comments

3. Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin

This is the song that defined how I define this list. It was in the mid-70s, driving back with the guys from touch football, and we reached my apartment on West End and 77th maybe […]

May 31st, 2009|Categories: Top 25|0 Comments

4. Earth Angel, The Penguins

            Ooo-oo-oo-oo, waa-aa-aa, ooo-oo-oo-oo is just one of the hundreds of memorable doo-wop sounds that instantly identify a favorite oldie to any music lover growing up in the ‘50s. There are probably 20 such songs […]

May 31st, 2009|Categories: Top 25|0 Comments