Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The night was a success. The concert had been enthusiastically received. But was it Yes?

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The show was an hour and a half late. Audience members were understandably nervous. Then, in strode Billy Joe Shaver — all 77 years of him.

Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Aug. 12, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Aug. 12, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

At the start of this concert with Albert Lee, Peter Asher said the goal was “to make this coffee house a bit like your living room.” They succeeded.

LCD Soundsystem, Aug. 5, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

LCD Soundsystem, Aug. 5, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Fortunately for the music world, LCD Soundsystem are back. Let’s hope they remain – on record, and in lights.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, July 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, July 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The two words that repeatedly came to my mind during Lyle Lovett’s concert were “generosity” and “faith.”

The Cure, May 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Cure, May 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Cure frontman Robert Smith’s uncanny way of putting words to music, making the sum of the two something more than its parts, remains unparalleled.

American Football, February 27, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

American Football, February 27, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If American Football takes another long hiatus, Mike Kinsella is prepared. “I’m going to keep these jeans,” he mused, “and wear them again!”

Sixto Rodriguez, Jan. 22, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez, Jan. 22, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez’s music does not tell us to move on, to leave the past behind. It tells us that there is no choice.

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If this gig at London’s Cafe Oto is anything to go by, we should be hearing the People Band for a long time to come.

Danny Elfman and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Danny Elfman and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’: Shows I’ll Never Forget

A spectacular live reinterpretation of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ found composer Danny Elfman staging a partial on-stage Oingo Boingo reunion, as well.