Last night, Beck Hansen made his long-awaited return to Mound City with a sold-out concert at the Pageant. Beck last played here on a tour supporting his album "Midnite Vultures" in January of 2000. Bill Clinton was still president, the iPod's debut was almost two years away and we had all somehow just survived Y2K (phew!)
It was a bit surreal to watch Molly Ringwald, the object of desire of not only the fictional Farmer Ted, but countless children of the 1980s, descend the Jazz at the Bistro staircase and stand alone smiling shyly as she waited to be introduced on Wednesday night.
"Heaven, I'm in heaven / And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak." The moment I first heard the late, great Eva Cassidy sing these opening lines of her astonishing live album, "Live at Blues Alley," I was hooked.
Toronto's Metric is a rare band that can bring a lot of different kinds of music fans together -- I often marvel at the variety of pro-Metric people just in my own circle of friends.
The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue kicked off its summer tour last night at the Fox, reviving the sounds of 1970s AM radio created by the group's three principals, Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and hometowner Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers).
Santigold is a proud child of the '80s. Her genre-jumping songs are thoroughly modern. Yet they usually carry an '80s element, whether it's the Goth rock of Siouxsie and the Banshees or the electronic new wave of Devo or the punk rock of Bad Brains.