a year in review

Happy New Year, you crazy kids. This was a really hard year in many ways, for me. It was also one of the best years I’ve had, as well, as crazy as that sounds. Because it wasn’t a bad year. It was just a hard year. And since I think therapy is good for everyone,…

fall out boy @ 9:30 club ; save rock and roll club tour

I wrote about what Fall Out Boy means to me, and what it meant to me to shoot them on Friday night, for Speakers In Code. Some other things: They played everything I could have hoped to hear, except the acoustic version of “Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner” from the My Heart EP, which…

worth getting up for in february

Worth getting up for in February: Fall Out Boy getting back together; Fall Out Boy tickets; Tame Impala and the Last Bison live; an advance copy of Josh Ritter’s The Beast In Its Tracks; big ideas and good collaboration; my dad emailing me so I’ll email the son of his coworker about places for the coworker’s…

william beckett @ local 506

The last time I saw William Beckett perform, he had a lot more hair and a much bigger audience; he was still fronting my beloved and late, lamented Chicago-based The Academy Is … on a mainstage at Warped Tour in Charlotte in 2008. I hadn’t figured out how to get press passes yet, so I…

the where’s the band? tour @ cat’s cradle

When Lisa at Sneak Attack got in touch with me about covering Matt Pryor and the Where’s the Band? tour, I have to admit: I was a little smirky about the tour. Besides Pryor, I made the snap judgment that it was lead singers from candy pop punk bands, it would be full of teenagers,…

roadside graves @ the nightlight, june 2010

and i don’t know whose baby you are The Roadside Graves, a fantastic Jersey band who released my favorite track of the year — the stunning 7+ minute “Liv Tyler” — on their EP You Won’t Be Happy With Me earlier this spring, are one of three or four bands that are lynchpins of a…

for your definition of genius

baseball: jacksonville suns @ carolina mudcats, originally uploaded by minervacat. sometimes genius is being completely ordinary. — Pete Wentz