The State of Music in Midwestern Baseball, by Mark Erickson

Within the last decade or so major league baseball stadiums have piped in player-selected songs when the batter approaches the batters box. The practice then spread to the high school level. When my son played varsity ball as a junior I noticed to my chagrin that all but two of the players chose a . . . → Read More: The State of Music in Midwestern Baseball, by Mark Erickson

Little Dragon – Paris

I met two of the guys in this band this afternoon. I drove them from their hotel to the Rose Theater in my cab. It took two trips. We also moved a goodly amount of equipment. Like so many musicians these days, the lads were from Sweden. Nice fellas.

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JENNIE VEE – Lips Like Sugar

Jennie Vee’s second EP, Spying, is due out this summer. With a sound that music blog The Autumn Roses describes as “guitars chiming like bells and with satiny melodies, gentle and humane, despite the heartbreak,” Jennie has earned comparisons to Metric, Slowdive, and Black Tambourine. Her songs capture her brilliant pop juxtapositions: radio . . . → Read More: JENNIE VEE – Lips Like Sugar

Samm Henshaw – Better

Already a strong contender on most ‘Ones To Watch’ lists thanks to his acclaimed inaugural releases of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ and ‘Redemption’, Samm Henshaw’s hugely anticipated debut EP is set for release on 13th July. Having already garnered mainstream radio support from Radio 1’s Dev and Phil & Alice, not to . . . → Read More: Samm Henshaw – Better

Austin’s Sweet Spirit Brings Garage Soul Joy and Endearing Mayhem to Kelly’s Olympian May 23, By Paul Stinson

Fresh off the first leg of their first-ever national tour, a marathon stint of SXSW shows and a current string of west coast dates in support of Spoon, Sweet Spirit will bring its spiritual thrill-ride of garage soul joy and endearing mayhem for their first-ever Portland show, setting up shop at Kelly’s Olympian on . . . → Read More: Austin’s Sweet Spirit Brings Garage Soul Joy and Endearing Mayhem to Kelly’s Olympian May 23, By Paul Stinson

Ministry rocked my world last weekend… by Mark Erickson

As an opponent of the militarization of American society, I always oppose the Pentagon’s continuous bloated budget and wasteful spending. In December 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that in 2013, “the Pentagon’s top 85 major-defense acquisition programs experienced overruns of nearly $411 billion.” According to the same WSJ article, the F-35 Joint Strike . . . → Read More: Ministry rocked my world last weekend… by Mark Erickson

Yonas Michael – South Pacific

Formerly known as Y-O of Hip Hop duo U-N-I, Yonas Michael has always renounced the norm. Here Yonas Michael shares his new single, “South Pacific” the follow-up to his buzzin’ single “Blessed.” Both tunes will appear on his much-anticipated solo debut, Black Swan Theory, scheduled for release in June 2015.

“Welcome aboard, we . . . → Read More: Yonas Michael – South Pacific

Sick Of Sarah — Charismatic Riot Grrrlz From Minneapolis Turn the New Funhouse Into Party Land, by Holly Homan

On Thursday night, May 7, I ventured out to what is now the new Fun House location. The venue which used to be known as the Lounge at El Corazon is now the new Funhouse. The five piece all women pop punk band from Minneapolis was playing. I’d seen Sick Of Sarah a couple . . . → Read More: Sick Of Sarah — Charismatic Riot Grrrlz From Minneapolis Turn the New Funhouse Into Party Land, by Holly Homan

Tuesday Night At Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Brings Supergroup Dead Men Walking For A Wild Party Show, by Holly Homan

Dead Men Walking

It’s a Tuesday night, but Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe is packed pretty tight to see super group Dead Men Walking. When I say super group, I mean Captain Sensible (The Damned), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Mike Peters (The Alarm) and my personal favorite, Chris Cheney of the Living End. This was . . . → Read More: Tuesday Night At Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Brings Supergroup Dead Men Walking For A Wild Party Show, by Holly Homan

Eddie Murphy – Oh Jah Jah

Eddie Murphy has just released a new video for “Oh Jah Jah,” his catchy and moving old-school reggae tune. I like it.

XING – Fate

Take a listen to “Fate,” a tune I really like by a band called, XING, which is pronounced, “crossing.”

XING is a London-Los Angeles duo made up of Jack Moore and AR Smith. Moore is the son of Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy and a stellar solo blues-rock career. Moore is also a friend . . . → Read More: XING – Fate

Eric Clapton Guitar Lesson 1968, by Richard Lloyd

One of my least favorite guitarists of all time gives an ego driven guitar interview.

– Richard Lloyd

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Seattle’s Boss Martians Rip It Up At the Central Tavern For A Friday Night Of Fun, by Holly Homan

It’s Friday night in Seattle and a lot is going on, not the least of which is a clash with Black Lives Matter protesters and Seattle police. I was at the Central Tavern in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Seattle’s own Boss Martians were headlining and though I’ve known of the Boss Martians for some . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Boss Martians Rip It Up At the Central Tavern For A Friday Night Of Fun, by Holly Homan

The Black Atlas – Moonsong, by Paul Johnson

As the dim light of dawn illuminates the eastern horizon and intensifies into awakening light, so too The Black Atlas’s single “Moonsong’s” tapestry reveals and unfolds itself, calling forth and drawing out an unseen virulent potential, until at last, unable to be restrained, “Moonsong” bursts forth in an explosion, a powerful, satisfying manifestation . . . → Read More: The Black Atlas – Moonsong, by Paul Johnson

Tony Tokyo – Move Along, by Paul Johnson

Tony Tokyo’s single “Move Along” mixes a refreshing beat and synth backdrop with delicious vocal flavor used to good effect.

Sans lyrics, this moving house track is upbeat and tasty, however the conflict between music and message left me staring at the plate.

– Paul Johnson

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Samm Henshaw – Redemption

At the age of 20, Samm Henshaw has already began to make serious waves following the inception of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’, the stunning song taken from his debut EP The Sound Experiment. Currently completing his final year at university, this free-flowing EP was created with friends through late-night jamming and songwriting . . . → Read More: Samm Henshaw – Redemption

Konshens – Physically Fit

With summer approaching and fitness being the number one priority on everybody’s agenda, it is only right for dancehall star Konshens to release the video for his single ‘Physically Fit’. Produced by platinum selling producer Russian of HCR, ‘Physically Fit’ is an up-tempo club banger, which will get dancers on the dance floor . . . → Read More: Konshens – Physically Fit

Come On People, It’s Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, by Pat Thomas

Recently, a new article about the origins of Van Morrison‘s Astral Weeks was making the rounds of Facebook, here’s a few words that I’ve jotted down on how I “hear” that album: I’ve never understood why people feel the need to expand the tale (and myth) of Astral Weeks. It’s perfect just the way . . . → Read More: Come On People, It’s Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, by Pat Thomas

28th Day – 25 Pills, by Pat Thomas

In the 1980’s there were a handful of life-changing records. Not just records that I loved -but ones that caused me to actually make changes in my life. The Dream Syndicate inspired me to move to California. The Rain Parade is partially why I got into the music business. One record that also affected . . . → Read More: 28th Day – 25 Pills, by Pat Thomas

Roy Orbison – It’s Over, Live 1966, by Steve Stav

The thing about Orbison is he had the enormous stones it takes to be different, and succeed. He dared to be his own performer, he had the guts to display deep, dark vulnerability in his songs. Not “My dog died and my baby left me, pour me another beer” – more like, “My baby . . . → Read More: Roy Orbison – It’s Over, Live 1966, by Steve Stav