1. The Us Kids Know EP
Most of us didn’t come across this EP until after the release of Arcade Fire’s ridiculously well-received debut album Funeral, but the kids in Canada knew about it, and because of them Merge Records found out about it, leading to the record deal that brought a little known band out of obscurity. Even the band’s record release party for the EP was fraught with meaning. During the show at Montreal’s famous Casa del Popolo, lead singer Win Butler and former band member Bren... [Read more]
What do Billy Joel, Cher, The Eagles, Elton John, George Strait, Paul Simon, Sting and Van Morrison have in common? For one, they’re all AARP eligible by 11 years on the low end and 22 years on the high end. You might never think that George Strait, whose last tour date ever is coming up in 2014, would be the youngest of the bunch at age 61, or that Cher, Billy Joel and Elton John have been active the longest, with Cher beginning in ‘63 and edging the other two out by a year. More curiously, ... [Read more]
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]
Maybe it’s fitting that Kanye West has taken the opportunity on his Yeezus tour to stump against his various oppressors, given his recent assertions, not that he is God, but that he is a God. Like Jesus cleansing Herod’s temple, Yeezy has railed against the paparazzi, the press and the music industry with equal fervor, preaching not for an embargo on merchandise so much as for his righteous cut of the pie. But even as a minor deity Mr. West exhibits Old Testament humorlessness and spite, most ... [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 Cowboy has been steadily riding away for almost a full year now, but the exact moment and location of his final hoedown has finally been declared. On June 7, 2014, singer, actor, music producer, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, King of Country, but first and foremost, the Cowboy George Strait will ride off into the sunset. He’s going home in a sense. The last George Strait tour date ever will be held at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Strait, a native of Poteet, Texas, le... [Read more]
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I remember when October 31 used to be this magical time of year after the autumn leaves had fallen, leaving a technicolor, crisp blanket to crunch under our feet as we collected our candy bounty from neighborhood houses. We often slipped on a plastic mask and un-breathable costume to dress up as our favorite cartoon characters, like Spiderman or Tweety bird (yes, I was a repeat offender), Or we’d take it a step further by painting our faces, wearing a black... [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]
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I knew that one day would come—where I had reached a point of adulthood when I would have to put away childish things, or at least some cherished things of my youth. I figured I still had a couple, good years to soak up the last waves of that certain kind of carefree innocence. I certainly wasn’t counting on having to say goodbye to what I’ve cherished for more than half of my life in a matter of a couple of months. But with the not-so-slow decay of my car, I know I c... [Read more]