Movie Review: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

My literary romance with The Great Gatsby dates back a decade when I was studying literature as an undergraduate.  F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical prose wooed me.  And his control of language and syntax continues to knock my socks off with each reading.  His articulation of the seductive qualities of the American Experience is unmatched.  The … Continue reading Movie Review: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights

If you've found yourself on my blog before, then you most likely read the post where I gush over Josh Ritter.  Gush might be too minor a word.  Lyrically, the guy can ne'er do wrong in my ears.  I'm even willing to let slide the occasional musical shortcoming because atop that shortcoming is usually a … Continue reading Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights

The Felice Brothers Destroy the Boundaries of Americana Music

Now in the throes of the Americana music revolution, there are a glut of bands making the same stripped-down, down-home sound.  With any musical movement that is generating revenue, the market gets flooded with opportunistic bands trying to ride the high cresting wave and make a living as artists.  (For the record, I begrudge no … Continue reading The Felice Brothers Destroy the Boundaries of Americana Music

What the…Marc Maron Deserves His Moment in the Spotlight

I learned about the WTF podcast the way most people did.  Word of mouth.  A talented musician friend of mine told me about this comedian out in L.A. who interviews celebrities in his garage.  "He has this great interview with Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad.  Everyone seems to go to his garage for an interview," … Continue reading What the…Marc Maron Deserves His Moment in the Spotlight