Was Gang Starr’s GURU Forced To Tour?

Bizarre, sad, and strange are not words I would use to describe the music of iconic hip hop group Gang Starr who revolutionized the genre in the mid-to-late nineties with albums like Daily Operation and No More Mr. Nice Guy. But, unfortunately, those three words do describe the story surrounding the death of the group’s […]

RIP Jay Reatard: A Special Note For Live Music Fans

I have some sad news to share with you. As Pitchfork reports, garage-punk rocker Jay Reatard died in his sleep early Wednesday morning due to unknown causes. Whenever a musician dies I always feel weird writing about or calling attention to it.  I’m reluctant to blog about it because it makes other deaths seems less important or significant in some way.

Saul Williams Spares A Penny: My Eternal Afterthought

That video above is evidence that something eternal happened last night at the Saul Williams show. It was a case of my brain processing one thing while my heart processed another. During what I believe was the song “A Penny for a Thought”  I misunderstood the lyrics in a way that surprisingly served my soul and comforted […]

Experiencing Grief, Joy and Community in Live Music

Two things have been brewing in my mind lately. 1) The Community of Cathartic Mourning and 2) Building Relationships in Live Music The Community of Cathartic Mourning A good friend of my wife and I shared this Bonnie Raitt Star Tribune review with me a few weeks ago (the video above is one she excitedly posted on Facebook before […]

Is Michael Jackson’s Death His Final Gift To All Live Music Fans?

When I posted my heartfelt thoughts about Michael Jackson and his London shows on Tuesday, I had no idea what would happen on Thursday afternoon. (See my Facebook trail from Thursday afternoon, bottom to top). And over the last three days I’ve felt a wave of different emotions ranging from happy and nostalgic to guilt and sadness. It’s not […]