Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Chad Berndtson


Tuesday, October 22 2013

"I Look at Every Concert Like a New Painting": Bill Evans' Soulgrass

Bill Evans, as both the lead artist in Soulgrass and the provider of the canvas, is ever so welcoming into this magical little art studio of a band. But you’d better have come to paint.

Thursday, July 25 2013

Phish in 2013: The Pleasantly Plain Taste of Tempered Expectations

Dreadful wind and rain define a recent Phish gig in Wantagh, NY as fans mull the band's standing and purpose in 2013.


Sunday, November 24 2013

Widespread Panic: 16 November 2013 - New York

Among the A-list jambands born in the mid-‘80s through about the early ‘90s, none has been more consistent that this one for as long a period, nor seems as poised to remain so.

Thursday, February 7 2013

Trey Anastasio Band: 23 January 2013 - Port Chester, NY

All in all, you don’t attend a TAB show to have your mind blown – or to see a surfeit of Trey shredding, though you do get that, too. You see TAB for how professional, upbeat, and inviting it all is.

Sunday, October 21 2012

Wanda Jackson: 12 October 2012 - New York

She's got fizz, the old gal. Spark, even. You should be so lucky to be up on stage, shaking hips to ancient, crowd-stoker songs with names like "Fujiyama Mama" and "Let’s Have a Party", looking like the rockingest grandma on the planet, and plainly enjoying a nice little renaissance at age 75.

Monday, October 1 2012

New Riders of the Purple Sage: 6 September 2012 - New York

Given all this history, it's often a surprise to those who got off the proverbial bus a long time ago that the New Riders, in 2012, are going strong, even with 69-year-old Nelson the lone original member.

Tuesday, November 15 2011

The Jayhawks + Rosanne Cash: 21 October 2011 - New York

With the Jayhawks, it always comes back to those voices and that vibe.

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