About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>
As a fan of Mad Men, great music cues in TV shows and movies, and every Wings album, I was more than a little disappointed when second wife and hip-things enthusiast Megan was foolish enough to suggest Don Draper, TV's least psychedelic man, start off the Beatles' Revolver by listening to "Tomorrow ... More >>
Beatlemania is arguably the most expansive musical frenzy in modern history, so it's not surprising that places big and small would try to latch on to every bit of the Fab Four's legacy.
But it may be a revelation to some that the mania extended to Benton, Illinois, a smallish town located in the L ... More >>
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
If you'll recall, Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat -- an album to which Beatle Bob contributed -- was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. While Bob wouldn't get an actual Grammy statue if the album won, he would get a certificate.
The honor was not me ... More >>
www.lynnterry.comBeatle Bob mid-dance moveOf all the earth-shaking changes the age of internet and reality television has brought about, few have been as mystifying, fascinating, and at times, irritating as the 21st century nouveau celebrity -- people who are famous for being famous. Most of ... More >>
www.lynnterry.comBeatle Bob: One "herky, jerky, turkey."Thanks to all of you who answered yesterday's contest question: "What three adjectives best describe Beatle Bob's dance moves?"We received some good answers. Unfortunately, we only have two pairs of tix to give away to Beatle Bob's 5000th Sh ... More >>
You know what tomorrow is? It's Beatle Bob's 5000th consecutive day of seeing live shows. To celebrate Bob (a.k.a. Robert Matonis) is hosting a concert tomorrow night at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room featuring his favorite bands, including the The Trip Daddy's, Hudson & the Hoodocats, Devil Ba ... More >>
www.lynnterry.comBeatle Bob struts his stuff.On Christmas Eve 1996, St. Louis legend Beatle Bob set out on a mission with no end in sight. His goal? Attend a live-music act every day of his life. Now, 13-and-a-half years later, Beatle Bob is approaching a major milestone: his 5,000th consecutive ... More >>
A: The Ice Cream Man. Who? Well, as his official bio says, "Ice Cream Man Matt Allen is on a mission to give away half a million free ice creams. To date he's gifted around 400,000 frozen treats whilst traveling the country; hooking up with bands backstage for performances at some of the best US fes ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaNicole Peterson, this week's Last Collector StandingNicole Peterson has worked in many facets of the music industry, including retail at Slackers CD's and Games and (currently) at Suite 100 at the Pageant handling merchandise and ticket sales. After looking through her modest reco ... More >>
The Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of... series is self-explanatory. Each release focuses on making tunes from one rock band palatable enough for the naptime set. Past volumes have featured Metallica, Tool, Beach Boys, Coldplay, the Pixies and the Beatles. However, the latest one to cross my des ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado:
Vivian Girls: Everything Goes Wrong
Tortoise: Beacons of Ancesto ... More >>
Earlier this week over at the Daily RFT, Bill Streeter penned a great, thought-provoking post about several issues concerning digital music now. Among other things, he discusses the competing versions of a new digital album -- one dreamed up by Apple and the other dreamed up by the Big 4 major label ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThis week I visit the Bleeding Deacon, a South City bar with a surprisingly appealing menu.Damn. My cell phone was at home, charging. I didn't need to make a call, didn't need to take a photo. I needed light, and barring an unexpected nuclear detonation, the faint glow of my phone ... More >>
While browsing at Vintage Vinyl yesterday, I found out that the store recently bought a collection of records from somebody. This buy was a bit different than others, however. For starters, clerks found a whole ton of old photos of rock stars like Blondie and the Damned just hanging out -- like, qua ... More >>
Sharon Jones brought Beatle Bob up to dance with her on Friday night at the Pageant. Check out some video I shot. Is Sharon a dynamo or what?! Review and photos here. Please also check out this fantastic New York Times article on Daptone Records' Gabriel Roth, which ran in today's paper.