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Amanda Shires at Duling Hall (Jackson, MS - August 31, 2014)

But for an amber alert, it was the perfect Sunday evening at Duling Hall in Jackson, Mississippi. The place was crowded (in a good way) with folks who didn’t have to work on Labor Day, and they heard Amanda Shires and her rockin’ little combo play a helluva show.  The amber alert wasn’t much, really, but because it went off on a lot of the phones in the room it sounded like a tornado siren.  Shires was in the middle of introducing her bass player, Stephanie Dickinson, when it started.  Never missing a beat, she picked up her own phone to check, made a joke or two (well...

Joe Walsh Slays the Tacoma Dome, Backed by Some Band Called The Eagles

Last night’s Eagles concert at the Tacoma Dome began rather peculiarly, with just Don Henley and Glenn Frey taking the stage and picking out a pair of acoustic ditties, including “Saturday Night.” As the band’s undisputed leaders would quickly explain, their lack of accompaniment was on account of the chronological approach they’d be taking to the evening’s proceedings, a three-hour-long homage to the comprehensive Showtime rockumentary, The History of the Eagles. In the beginning, there were but Henley and Frey, soon to be joined by ex-Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon, who joined the...

Big Star's Third at 9:30 Club (Washington, DC - August 23, 2014)

An all-star cast, with the original Big Star drummer, Jody Stephens, performed a spirited two-set show at the 9:30 Club on Aug. 23, 2014. Performing was a bouyant Lesa Aldridge, credited on the Third/Sister Lovers album (and former girlfriend of Big Star's late frontman Alex Chilton and one of the "Sisters"). Mitch Easter and Chris Stamey (also the band leader) played with Chilton, post-Big Star. Others, like Mike Mills (REM acknowledged the Big Star influence) and Gary Louris, who were influenced by the band, were there. Pat Sansone of Wilco was also on hand,...

Jackson Browne Digs Deep in Providence

Jackson Browne arrived in town with a grand piano, 23 guitars and a songbook full of classics. His show Wednesday August 20th in Providence was a stunning success which saw him reach deep into his catalog of popular sing-a-longs and lesser known classics. Live and Solo … Backed by the Audience “There’s only one rule,” Browne announced early in the second set. “When somebody calls for ‘Running on Empty,’ I play it right away.” Needless to say, the 1978 hit, from the top selling album of the same name, was a show highlight. It was that album, and its tale of life on...