Ra Ra Riot has come a long way since I first saw them perform in 2007 at moe.down festival near their home in upstate New York. During their recent show at Metro in Chicago earlier this month, I had the chance to see how they’ve grown, get glimpse of their future and wonder what emotions fans feel during their performance. Continue reading
Speaking of fireworks…. I hope you had a very safe and celebratory 4th of July. Yes, I know June is past. But there was a whole lot going on during June in the live music world. And I know you don’t want to be left out, do ya? Didn’t think so. Continue reading
One of the reasons a concert becomes our favorite is because, in some way, it became a psychological and emotional shelter from life’s storm right when we needed it most, and it gave us just the right amount of mental diversion so we could forget about whatever we were hoping to erase from our minds for a couple of hours.
But besides protecting us psychologically, our favorite concerts also transform and change us in ways that go beyond our desire to escape. Our favorite concerts make us see life, those around us and ourselves in new ways.
And if you’ve ever experienced a profound or life-altering moment at a concert, then you know exactly what live music can do and how it can change your life forever. Continue reading
Sometimes there are concerts that are so big, so huge, so monumentally massive that words can’t describe the impact that they have on fans and bands. Yes, I’ve been to a few concerts like that. And if I were to compare weekly wrap-ups to those mega concert moments, I would say that combining the last two weeks of posts in to one Super Duper Double Bonus Weekly Wrap-up would be pretty damn close to being just like those “big, huge..” life-changing concerts. So you better buckle up and brace yourself, before you click that Read More button. Continue reading
I often think that where you see a concert is just as important as who’s performing. And this Saturday Jakob Dylan will be playing at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. The venue is primarily a 1,700 acre outdoor museum of trees, shrubs and other plants. And like other unique outdoor music venues, it sounds like it’s the kind of place where a live show can really grow on you. Continue reading
If you missed some of the top Live Fix posts in April, don’t worry. I understand because April was a busy month here at Live Fix, too. If you can believe it, I even forgot to read some of my own best posts.
So here’s a quick wrap-up revisiting all the hot April action: enhanced concert reviews of PHISH 3D, K’NAAN, Beach House and the Umphrey’s McGee interactive UMBowl; and mobile app guides to summer music festivals. We also got to know Chicago’s St. Bagu, unveiled an ongoing live music fiction series and offered up more tips for improving the connections between music bloggers and PR. Basically, there’s lots of good stuff waiting for you. Continue reading
One of the ways I like to keep things fresh and avoid writer’s block is to read concert reviews written by other music writers. Besides keeping me updated on what other writers are digging at the moment, reading a well-written concert review also helps fill my creative pipeline, especially when I read one that makes me smile and makes me feel like I was at the concert, too. And this Jakob Dylan review did just that. Continue reading