The artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken has crafted a fascinating and most unusual film in "Station to Station." Comprised of 62 one-minute films, it interrogates creativity through musicians and a diverse range of "artistic happenings," as Aitken labels them. Opening titles announce that a train traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, 4,000 miles, over 24 days, staging ten happenings.
Jackson Browne wrote "These Days" when he just a teenager, but the song has become something of a standard, a song that reveals new feelings and meanings every time it's sung with soul. And that's just what Chicago-based singer-songwriter (and Fort Frances frontman) David McMillin does on this new solo acoustic version.
Throughout the year our volunteer photographers battle inclement weather, large crowds, long lines, over-zealous dancers and crazy lighting schemes in order to deliver some incredible concert photos for our readers and listeners.
You probably remember Fast Times at Ridgemont High" -- maybe you even lived it -- and the biggest hit from the soundtrack, Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby." The guys in Free Energy weren't in high school in the '80s, but they know how to capture the sing-and-clap-along joy of it all.
Dawes is from Los Angeles and have become linked to a new Laurel Canyon sound that remakes the sound (if not the scene) made in the late '60s by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds and others. Their music harks back to a time when the grass was green, not red or purple, and mellow was a way of life, not an ice cream flavor.
Ever wonder if popular music is better today than it was, say, 40 years ago? Frankly, it isn't. Even with Gangnam style, it's hard to imagine this year producing so many recordings as important as the best of 1972.
I never go to a concert expecting to have an experience that changes my perspective and the way I view music. Sunday night at the Old Rock House, David Lindley and John Hammond schooled me in what music really is, baptized me in the cool waters of the blues and sent me forth to spread the word to everyone I meet.