Rosie Flores at The Continental 4/25/15

ContinentalThere are storied clubs all over these United States but fewer than there used to be. So when there’s a chance to see an act I like playing in one, going is a no-brainer. Which is how I came to be standing in Austin‘s fabled Continental Club taking in a show by Rosie Flores and her Continue reading

Gang of Four at Irving Plaza 3/7/2015

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New York’s Irving Plaza

At what point does one drift into helpless, even embarrassing fits of nostalgia? That thought was on my mind even before it became the subject of discussion on the ride home after last night’s Gang of Four show at Irving Plaza.

A related question: when is a band no longer a band? That second question may be more important than the first. A few months back I Continue reading

Chris Isaak at the State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ, November 5, 2012

It has to be the band uniforms.

That was, for a moment last evening, my reasoning for what is my fairly incongruous love of Chris Isaak and Silvertone. While my tastes are all over the map, Mr. I is more mainstream than a lot of  other folks I love. So I have some figuring out to do.

Uniforms are as plausible an explanation as any. In my youth, all the Motown Continue reading

Junior Brown at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, March 31 2012

The pretext on which I dragged three colleagues to McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston last Saturday night was pretty simple–we can’t miss the chance to see one of America’s musical wildmen. The particular wildman is, of course, Junior Brown, king of the git-steel.

Roots rock is a particular passion here at AHC and I could bore you all silly Continue reading

Gang of Four at Webster Hall–February 8, 2011

“I do believe this club is The Ritz,” said Jon King after Gang of Four finished their opening number, You’ll Never Pay for the Farm, (the new album is Content and available now) at Webster Hall last night. King was right–the band had played Continue reading