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Review: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes: Two Nights at the Stone Pony, 2/27-28/2014

Posted on 01 March 2015 (0)

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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes performed two special shows at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park this past weekend. Friday night was billed as “Rare Jukes: All the Non-Hits, All The Time” and night two was the Music of Bruce Springsteen. Both nights were two and a half hours of well-rehearsed, impeccably created material.

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Watching SNL Musical Performances With My Dad, A Brief History

Posted on 16 February 2015 (0)

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This is how it would inevitably go down: my parents would go out, and I was charged with babysitting my three younger siblings. The tradeoff was that I had a green light to watch Saturday Night Live, most of which went right over my head, but some of which I liked, or found interesting, or funny. They would generally arrive home right before the first musical guest, and this is where the fun would start.

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Review: Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden, January 9, 2015

Posted on 11 January 2015 (0)

One of my favorite MSG views. #billyjoelmsg

Let’s get things straight: I am not a fan of Billy Joel. When I was growing up and his songs were everywhere on FM radio, you generally chose sides, and you couldn’t be Team Springsteen and Team Joel, not that I had any affinity towards the latter.

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Springsteen & U2, World AIDS Day Concert, Times Square, December 1, 2014

Posted on 01 December 2014 (0)

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It seemed like the most improbable New York thing, this 3pm announcement as I come out of a meeting that U2 are performing — with Bruce Springsteen! — in Times Square a few hours from now. I text friends. I make up setlists on Twitter. I go through an executive presentation until 5:40, at which point I say, “Can we wrap this up? Bruce and U2 are playing in Times Square, I need to get a move on.”

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Bob Dylan and His Band, NJPAC, November 26, 2014

Posted on 28 November 2014 (0)

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Seeing Bob is about so much these days besides *seeing Bob*. It is about showing up, it is about paying tribute, it is about memories and chasing ghosts. I am not proud to say that I insisted on going to this show on the assertion that this might be the last time we see him, so it is time to pick a show and pay the money and go, dammit.

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Nashville In 15 Minutes

Posted on 27 October 2014 (0)

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The SO’s brother got married in Nashville this past weekend. We’d never been there before, somehow, and were therefore more than willing to trek down to Tennessee. However, this also meant that our sightseeing time was incredibly limited because of family events. I drafted a top-down list of must-sees/must-do’s so that if circumstances dictated we had to cut some things, we’d still have gotten the most important things out of the way.

When I say “most important” I mean “most important personally.” This is where you have to do enough research to be able to know what that is. If you just ask people or rely on lists (even the helpful list supplied by the bride in the welcome bag) you will see someone else’s concept of what is important. Luckily, for Nashville, this was not difficult.

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Concert Review: The Afghan Whigs, Beacon Theater, 10-4-14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10-5-14

Posted on 06 October 2014 (0)

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The Afghan Whigs arrived in New York City this weekend for two shows ostensibly as part of their Do To The Beast tour, but also in actual effect to celebrate the continued existence of the Greg Dulli Rhythm and Blues Revue as a living, breathing, thriving concern in the year 2014. Both nights were musical and emotional powerhouses, exceptionally performed and executed, with special moments and surprises. That is saying a lot for a band that always came to take prisoners and never phoned it in.

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Concert Review: The Replacements, West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, Queens, 9-19-14

Posted on 20 September 2014 (8)

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For my second Replacements show in a week, tonight we are in Queens, the borough that gave us the Ramones and Johnny Thunders and countless others (as we were reminded by Craig Finn, in another kick-ass set from the Hold Steady that was even better than Minneapolis). We are also standing on an old tennis court, former home of the US Open, that also once upon a time hosted concerts by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.

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Concert Review: The Replacements, Midway Stadium, St. Paul, Minnesota, 9-13-2014

Posted on 14 September 2014 (1)

I stood front row center on the rail for the Replacements in Minnesota, and after last night I am now not quite sure how I can see any other concert ever again.

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Concert Review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fenway Park, August 30, 2014

Posted on 07 September 2014 (0)

Let’s be honest: I went to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park last week because I’ve never seen anyone at Fenway, hadn’t seen Petty in forever, and the Venn diagram between bands that could play Fenway and bands I would schlep to Boston in order to see was rapidly shrinking. (I suppose Springsteen could always do it again in the future—the dates in the past have never worked out for me—but I wasn’t willing to take that chance.) I am glad I had the experience, although I would not go out of my way to see a show at Fenway again. This was because the extreme party atmosphere (which I realize for many is part of the reason they want to see a concert at Fenway) detracted from the show in a major way for me. But what’s significant is that even with all of that, the show ended up being more profound than I had anticipated.

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