dear chicago you’ll never guess

fall out boy @ 9:30 club

my life’s gotten simple since
and it fluctuates so much
happy and sad and back again
i’m not crying out too much

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the new kacey musgraves record is great

old methodist cemetery, elizabethtown, nc

you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t
so you might as well just do whatever you want
so make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys
or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into

if she asks you why

the gaslight anthem @ cat's cradle

you remind anna, if she asks why
that a thief stole my heart while she was making up her mind
i heard she lives in brooklyn with the cool
and goes crazy over that new york scene on 7th avenue

There’s this version of the Gaslight Anthem’s “Here’s Looking At You, Kid” that appears on the Live at Park Ave EP that, I think, was a Record Store Day release between The ’59 Sound and American Slang. It’s my favorite Gaslight song, and that’s my favorite version of it, because at the beginning of it, Brian Fallon laughs over the first verse, turning the name “Gail” from just a word into something joyful and gorgeous. Musicians laughing on live recordings; that’s a silver bullet for me.

the avett brothers @ cat's cradle

i haven’t finished a thing since i started my life
i don’t feel much like starting now
walking down lonely has worked like a charm
i’m the only one i have to let down

Took the week off after Hopscotch to recharge and sleep and recalibrate my brain, but I’ve got nine shows in the next ten days, and that’ll feel just as good as a week of sleep did. I’ll be back with good stuff starting Tuesday.