Sunday, June 22

Boy George!

The former Culture Club frontman plays at 8 p.m. July 17 in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget. Tickets are $40, available at the Nugget, outlets or 800-648-1177. Details: 356-3300 or
UPDATE: Cancelled! Boo-Hiss!

Friday, June 20

Glitter and Doom

Phoenix 6/18/08

The Glitter and Doom tour did not disappoint! Tom Waits live. I’m not sure how it could be disappointing. I am a fan of seeing an artist with no opening act, especially an artist of Tom’s caliber. There is no pussyfooting around, plus I can’t think of anyone who could have warmed up the audience for Mr. Waits. Based on the immediate standing ovation he reseived when he appeared on stage it was clear no warm up was warranted.

The show was amazing. Tom was up on a carnivalesque pedestal that made it really easy to see him and all of his performance antics. He was stomping and kicking parts of the pedestal all night long, stomping on bells, kicking different little percussive boxes. It was great, he was like a grand, and somewhat insane master of ceremonies.

With hindsight and a little chit chat with some other concert goers after the show ,at a local Irish pub, we realized we should have gotten tickets for both nights. It never really occurred to us. Not sure why, I guess we just felt lucky to get tickets at all and didn’t think about trying for two nights. Most everyone we talked to agreed that the second night was better, but it would have been nice to see both. Apparently the setlists were fairly different.

This show easily moved to the top of my best shows seen list for this year. I can’t think of anything I could see that would top Tom fucking Waits!

Way Down in the Hole
Falling Down
All the World Is Green *
Misery is the River of the World *
Day After Tomorrow
Sins of the Father
Trampled Rose
Metropolitan Glide *
Dead and Lovely
Cemetery Polka
Dirt in the Ground
Hoist That Rag *
A Little Rain
Innocent When You Dream *
Lost in the Harbour
16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six *
Jesus Gonna Be Here
November *
Eyeball Kid *

* my personal faves

Some photos from night 1 in Phoenix are up on Pitchfork here:

Tuesday, June 17

The Revival Tour - Precursor Show

I was watching for some Lucero tickets to go on sale this past weekend, peeping the internets very closely. What did I see? The Revival Tour had a date schedule in Sacramento on Sunday night. $10, early show at 6pm. So we pulled a fuck-it, filled up the car - $47!! Off to the Blue Lamp we went. It's a nice little venue, I had never been there before. Cash only at the bar, luckily Lara thought ahead in this department.
Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Tim Barry of Avail and Ben Nichols of Lucero! Need I say more? This tour is actually scheduled to start up in the fall, but they did this one off show in Sacramento. It was ridiculously good and fun! If you are even remotely in to any of these three musicians or their bands this show is for you! I thoroughly enjoyed hearing a few Lucero songs played acoustic.

Saturday, June 14

Beck returns to Reno!

Beck will play the Grand Sierra on August 21st! Devendra Banhart will be the opning act. Why couldn't it have been Band of Horses? I am really diggin' on them right now.

Tickets (prices not available yet) go on sale June 21 at Ticketmaster outlets and at the Grand Sierra box office.

Friday, June 13

Next Week!

I am flying to Phoenix to see Tom Waits! I have not been this excited for a show in quite some time. I hope he plays a bunch of tunes off of Mule Variations, I am in love with that album.

Wednesday, June 11

I am a child of the 80's

I wonder what Cory Hart is up to these days? "Sunglasses at Night" is a great pop song.

Monday, June 9

@#%&*! SMILERS

Aimee Mann's new disk is lavish and beautiful, go pick up a copy. Yeah, drive to your local music store and buy a cd. It won't kill you. Seriously, take your hands off the keyboard and go!

A better reiew than I could ever write can be read here:,6222