If there are two lessons Jonny Fritz learned throughout the creation of Dad Country, his big label debut, they're the following: be honest to a fault, even if you're saying something that won't go over well in the slightest, and pay attention to the kind words people say in bars because you never kn ... More >>
Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
The country star throws a summer blowout at MetLife Stadium
Jackson Browne w/ Sara Watkins Beacon Theatre Friday, August 3 Better than: Dad rock. On Friday night, Jackson Browne, still looking youthful under his salt-and-pepper shag, took the stage at the Beacon Theatre for a "solo-acoustic performance" that opened a two-night run at the storied New York ... More >>
When news broke that the Flaming Lips were going to play eight separate shows in 24 hours in an attempt to eclipse a Guinness World Record set by Jay-Z, the collective response was something along the lines of, "Well, of course they are." The Lips have done so much bonkers shit up to this point in ... More >>
The Music of the Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964-1971 Carnegie Hall Tuesday, March 13 Better than: Paying $300 to see The Stones. Okay, so maybe most of the audience was old enough to remember the first time they saw Mick Jagger shake his hips and lips on The Ed Sullivan Show. And a sea of salt-an ... More >>
Ten years ago, audio engineer Mark Johnson boldly decided to part ways with a career that had him recording the likes of Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, and Los Lobos. He decided to chase after a new pipe dream that must have seemed at once both wildly ambitious and thoroughly hare-brained. Spurred into ... More >>
Most people have a story about meeting someone famous—and most of those stories are dull. So why is an entire Tumblr site devoted to the most banal ones—"Did I ever tell you about the time... ?" is the header, but it's better known by its URL, Rock and Roll Tedium—such a riot? The ... More >>
Third Eye Blind. This afternoon at 12:30 or so, Zuccotti Park will host a concert starring activist/rocker Jackson Browne, the still-potent-to-the-kids Third Eye Blind, and the Los Angeles retro outfit Dawes. And this isn't one of those "omg Radiohead is on the way down there now" fake-outs, ... More >>
Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne moves toward the "stage" at Zuccotti Park. It was a cold and windy afternoon at Zuccotti Park, with the thermometer stuck at 46 degrees, as Jackson Browne and Dawes took the stage around 1:15 pm. Well, it wasn't really a stage, but a marble planter ... More >>
Per Billboard comes the latest "politician swipes a pop song for a campaign ad; pop star recoils in horror" tale -- these are always a delight, even though the epic John McCain/Jackson Browne battle of 2008/9 was supposed to settle this question once and for all in the artists' favor. But no, Char ... More >>
St. Vincent, Britt Daniel, Bon Iver, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garofalo, and more Haiti Benefit @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg Saturday, January 23 BrooklynVegan might best be known for having the most obnoxious commenters in the entire music blogosphere (which, in fairness, is certainly no small ... More >>
As a 16-year-old coal miner's son, Tom Jones dropped out of school to support the Catholic schoolgirl he'd knocked up. But when exactly did Mrs. Linda Jones realize she'd hit the jackpot? The Welsh singer held his own against martyrs like Joe Meek, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley, and cut his teeth ... More >>
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