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Any Idiot Can Play Greek for a Day: Rilo Kiley @ the Greek Theatre

On Tuesday night, clad in a green shirt and gleefully cheering on the Celtics (who I was indoctrinated to support during my childhood in...

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Right Between the Eyes: Cloud Cult @ The Knitting Factory

I’m still reeling from this show. I had heard of Cloud Cult via KEXP, but they hadn’t made enough of an impression on me that...

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Ghosts, Phantoms and Spirits in the Night

Indianapolis, Indiana-Conseco Fieldhouse March 20, 2008 When I see a concert, I hope that the artist resonates in a way that moves you...

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Basement Songs: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — Anaheim, CA, 4/7/08

Waiting in line outside the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, milling about with hundreds of other hungry fans, I suspected that the Bruce...

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Frozen Trajectories of Superheroes: Say Hi @ Spaceland

I first learned of Say Hi to Your Mom from a WBAR podcast, when the DJ said: “The next song is from Say Hi to Your Mom, which is hard...

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Don’t Stop: Trespassers William @ Fingerprints Records

Long Beach is not an attractive city. Downtown, where a shopping mall is under construction, is filled with thick concrete barriers and...

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Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall, Tuesday, March 18th

Much like John Darnielle himself, the Mountain Goats’ audience at Webster Hall on Tuesday night had a tendency to flaunt its wit....

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An Evening with Lyla Garrity: Explosions in the Sky @ The Wiltern

Explosions in the Sky is possibly my favorite band in the world right now. The first song of theirs that I ever heard was “Your Hand...

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A Dozen Seasons: Richard Julian @ Genghis Cohen

My evening on Friday seemed to consist mainly of mild swings of fortune. Two years in LA have taught me to lunge at empty parking spaces,...

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Enablers @ Knitting Factory, Sunday, March 9th

San Francisco’s Enablers are more an amalgam of music and poetry than the average band. This distinction is forged primarily through...

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Clapton and Winwood @ Madison Square Garden, NYC: 2/26/08

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals Steve Winwood – Hammond organ, guitar, vocals Chris Stainton – keyboards Willie Weeks...

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The Blackest Night: Willoughby @ Tangiers

The last time I went to Tangiers, almost two years ago, it was a bit of a disaster. A few weeks before at my first Beverly Hills party,...

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Joanna Newsom @ BAM, Thursday, Jan. 31st

A Joanna Newsom album has never sounded as good as she did when she played at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last Thursday. Even the most...

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Silvery Citybank Lights: St. Vincent and The National @ the Wiltern

Here’s a brain teaser: Most days, my commute to my downtown day job consists of a bumpy bus ride straight down Olympic. When I have a...

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The Sweat Descends: Les Savy Fav @ the El Rey

My friend Solly came down last weekend on a miniature vacation from Seattle. She was unlucky enough to have the rain follow her down and...

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Handel’s Messiah @ Walt Disney Concert Hall

This is a pretty vast digression from the concerts I’m normally going to review here. For one thing, I don’t normally patronize...

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New Anthems to Breathe: Matt Nathanson @ The Troubadour

Before heading over to the Troubadour for the Matt Nathanson show I took my girlfriend out for an “appreciation night” to thank...

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Zig-a-zig-ugh: How I Learned to Stop Bitching and Tolerate the Spice Girls

Fear and denial were my initial reactions when I was told by the boyfriend that we were going to see the Spice Girls Live! In Concert!...