I'm coming back from vacation just now, so I'm just getting back into the swing of posting -- bear with me...
- We should be so lucky that Friday's sold-out Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show at Pop's was so idyllic. Last night in the band's hometown of Cleveland, Flesh-n-Bone (real name: Stanley Howse) was arrested at the group's performance at the House of Blues on outstanding warrants. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on the incident, stating that "50 Cleveland police officers and Cuyahoga County Sheriff's deputies descended on the venue."
- Steve Almond, whose forthcoming book, Rock & Roll Will Save Your Life, was excerpted here last week, caused quite a shitstorm with a Boston Globe editorial that called music criticism a "pointless exercise." The uproar overshadowed Almond's March 26 LA Times opinion piece that thoughtfully dissected "the devaluation of the music experience."
- Ever wonder how artists and bands get music placed in ads -- and who does the choosing? Meet Gabe McDonough of the advertising firm DDB. He's taken his experience at Thrill Jockey Records -- and huge record collection -- and parlayed it into a really cool job.
- Fans of rock memoirs/biographies have much to look forward to this year. Go-Go's vocalist Belinda Carlisle is publishing a memoir, Lips Unsealed, on June 1. (Not to be outdone, her bandmate Kathy Valentine is writing her memoir in 140-character installments on Twitter.) And today comes word that Pat Benatar will be releasing a memoir, Between a Rock and a Heart Place, on June 15. She'll be coming to St. Louis on July 10, on a bill also featuring REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger.