Cheap Trick: New album, ‘In Another World, shows how band still wants you, to want them

Nearly 50 years after forming and in the midst of gearing up for the release in April of their 20th studio album, Cheap Trick has a crystal clear message for their generations of fans – the band still wants you to want them. The ensemble with one of the most enduring live records ever hasContinue reading “Cheap Trick: New album, ‘In Another World, shows how band still wants you, to want them”

Grateful Dead: New Rennie Pincus CD leaves you feeling, well, ‘Grateful’

Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the CD “Grateful” is that listening to it left me longing for one of the first Grateful Dead bootleg cassettes I ever owned. That would be a recording of the infamous band’s June 28, 1985, concert at Hershey Park, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I likely came into possession ofContinue reading “Grateful Dead: New Rennie Pincus CD leaves you feeling, well, ‘Grateful’”

#SaveOurStages: A year later, cheering on NIVA, asking public officials WTF?

The last concert I attended pre-pandemic was a rager of a get-down, from the legendary musician I saw perform, to the historic venue I saw her perform in, to the friends and loved ones who surrounded me. We all celebrated in triumph our passion for live music and the magnetism it can generate after aContinue reading “#SaveOurStages: A year later, cheering on NIVA, asking public officials WTF?”

Daryl’s House: Daryl Hall reopens music venue and restaurant

Daryl’s House in New York’s Hudson Valley, the music venue and restaurant operated by Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, is set to reopen March 13 after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to shut down last summer. “Hey everybody, first we hope everyone is safe & well in these trying times,” Hall said in aContinue reading “Daryl’s House: Daryl Hall reopens music venue and restaurant”

HBO, Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux: Casting call for ‘White House Plumbers’

Filming will begin in May for a new HBO series about Watergate starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux. “The White House Plumbers” will be a five-part limited series revolving around the scandal that left President Richard Nixon disgraced and forced him to resign in 1974. The project will be filmed in New York’s Hudson Valley andContinue reading “HBO, Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux: Casting call for ‘White House Plumbers’”

Van Morrison wants to know: ‘Why Are You On Facebook?’

Van Morrison on May 7 will release his latest record, called appropriately enough, “Latest Record Project: Volume 1.” The 28-track collection marks his 42nd release and showcases creativity through the pandemic lockdown. “Latest Record Project: Volume 1” was touted in an announcement released March 3 as an illustration of Morrison’s “ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazzContinue reading “Van Morrison wants to know: ‘Why Are You On Facebook?’”

Austin, Nashville, SF, NYC music post-Covid? Bring an umbrella, just in case

By Mike Burkert On a recent Monday, the annual presidential holiday in fact, I took my son out for a golfing adventure. He and I would sample the good life and play 9 holes for $7 each. The morning started out wet, but after the early rain subsided, the day’s remaining forecast called for cloudy. Continue reading “Austin, Nashville, SF, NYC music post-Covid? Bring an umbrella, just in case”

Little Days: Jorgen Carlsson, Mini Diaz pursue pot of gold with ‘Chasing Rainbows’

The band Little Days, featuring Gov’t Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson and his wife Mini Diaz, has released a new take on an old tune. The title alone of “Catching Rainbows” is enough to brighten your day as we all gear up for the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. But give it a listen and,Continue reading “Little Days: Jorgen Carlsson, Mini Diaz pursue pot of gold with ‘Chasing Rainbows’”

Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams: ‘It Was The Music’ documentary driven by passion for performance

There is a scene in the new documentary, “It Was The Music,” that says plenty about multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, a veteran of playing with Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh, Jackson Browne and Levon Helm. Campbell is meeting with young musicians who, like him, play the violin. And while he brandishes a mandolin, Campbell leads something ofContinue reading “Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams: ‘It Was The Music’ documentary driven by passion for performance”

Man on Wire: Philippe Petit set for showcase in virtual performance filmed at UPAC

Philippe Petit, the high wire artist known for his World Trade Center balancing act, will showcase his craft and career with a virtual video performance filmed at UPAC in Kingston, New York. Petit in this offering will perform on the tightrope and discuss his career. The performance will be available for viewing on April 1,Continue reading “Man on Wire: Philippe Petit set for showcase in virtual performance filmed at UPAC”