Just as you open the obligatory photo card of your friends and their kids in matching reindeer sweaters, you remember you need gifts for the whole gaggle. Skip the rainbow loom and consider the gift of quality time with tickets to a family-friendly event. [Read more]
In a period of two or three months, I must have heard the song, “Use Somebody” rehearsed at least fifty times during my relationship with a budding rocker. Though he preferred covering the “classic rock” of bands like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, he also recognized that he needed to throw more contemporary numbers into his yet-to-launch solo act. The plaintive yearning of “Use Somebody,” by Kings of Leon definitely fit the bill; a certifiable mega hit played everywhere and anywhere at the tim... [Read more]
There are only a couple of days left until Halloween, and while many people have had their looks planned out for months, I know there are plenty of you who haven't yet been struck with just the right inspiration for a killer costume. And it is important to stay current; costumes inspired by events from the past year always get a reaction. Here at Live Toast, we know live entertainment, so here is a little list of get-ups pulled straight from music, sports, and theatre events. I hope it inspires ... [Read more]
The Grateful Dead are the most overrated band of the psychedelic genre, bar none.
What did one deadhead say to another deadhead after the acid wore off at a concert?
"Hey, this music sucks!"
Back when I was a housepainter on Martha's Vineyard, I used to work with a rabid Deadhead. My contempt and derision for the band he idolized had been forming for many years by then, and our daily "conversations" on the matter were loud and animated, to say the least. One day, whilst ca... [Read more]
I expect musicians to keep performing until their voices fail (which Strait's shows no sign of doing) or some other physical malady prevents them from being able to sing. When George Jones died in April of this year at age 81, he was in the middle of a tour. So, I'm sorry, but I don't actually believe that this particular cowboy is actually riding away for good. [Read more]
In that context, I asked myself the question: Are artists like Thicke, who write lyrics in which they brag about the size of their penises and call women "the hottest bitch in this place" really misogynistic jerks? Or, are they just so, em, thick that they think that women find this behavior attractive? [Read more]
I don't include groups like The Beatles (then) or The Jonas Brothers (now) in the list of boy bands, because they are actual bands. Boy bands have bands. Other than a little ceremonial guitar strumming or keyboard tapping, these guys arrange themselves in front of a group of nameless musicians and just 1)sing, 2)dance and 3)look good. [Read more]
I hadn't thought much about the whole Dixie Chicks / Toby Keith controversy in a long time (if you need a refresher, check out http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/03/shut-up-and-sing-dixie-chicks.html). It made me think about whether or not I consider my personal principles in the context of entertainment. I mean, I like to think of myself as fairly principled. I've done a u-turn and made a passenger get out of my car and pick up some litter they tossed out the window. I've abruptly left a party because the host used the n-word. Heck, I even had a "Free Mr. Bates" bumper sticker on my car.
But when it comes to entertainers, I seem to give everyone a pass. [Read more]
I have my doubts about both Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder. I was excited enough by the build-up to watch specials featuring each of these groups, and got comfy with my popcorn (or, possibly, a martini), ready to be blown away.
Not that the productions weren't slick and the performers incredibly talented. I just kept waiting for them to cut loose a bit. It was all too neat and tidy. The vocals were flawless—too flawless. In both cases, I wanted to toss some gravel into all that honey. I wanted someone to sweat. [Read more]