Q. What do you call a guitarist that only knows two chords?
A. A music critic.
Well, now that we've established my qualifications, let me introduce myself. I'm Cindy,and I'm a concertaholic (all together now, "Hi, Cindy). The bottom line is that I goto lots of shows in Houston and the surrounding areas. I love live music of any kind. Ihave been quite pleased to see a great number of national and regional acts coming throughtown lately, as well as a burgeoning local scene that has lots of potential. Houstonoffers a variety of venues that allow for a diverse mix for all kinds of musical tastes.Last year, I had the pleasure of seeing Alanis Morisette, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage,Dishwalla, Soul Coughing, Chalk Farm, Geggy Tah, James Taylor, Better Than Ezra, BarenakedLadies, Sting, Natalie Merchant, Lemonheads, Robert Earl Keen, Ian Moore, Stone TemplePilots, and Soundgarden. I even caught some retro acts like Foreigner, REO Speedwagon,Loverboy, and The Starship, as well as having hit the Rodeo on a couple of nights. So, youcan see that I'll go to about anything, as long as it is live. Since I go to so manyshows, I thought it would be a good idea to record a few things from the shows I attendand place them here for you to peruse, critique, enjoy, flame, become inflamed by, and/orignore.
Here's my reviewer's philosophy. I have a great deal of respect for any musician thatgets up on stage and attempts to entertain me. If I don't like something, that does notmean that it is bad. It just means that I don't have an appreciation for a particularstyle or sound. I don't believe in being unnecessarily critical or assigning ratings tobands that only cause comparisons between unrelated genres or styles. For instance, Iwon't say "I liked the beat, I could dance to it, I give it an 85" nor will Isay "Band X is better than Band Y". I will, however, use comparisons to describea band's style, if I feel that it is appropriate or meaningful.
Here's what I will comment on:
- the band's general style and composition
- the type of crowd it draws
- highlights and anecdotes from the show
- the venue
- any background information that I can find on the band
- the opening act
- anything unusual or interesting that happens to me during the evening (like comments from people I meet in the crowd or perhaps a quote from one of the band members)
- and generally, the female perspective on what is largely a male-dominated rock scene
I probably won't stick to any particular format. I prefer to be creative, so everyreview will focus on something different. Right now, this is a pretty basic site. Justclick on the buttons to your left to get Music Reviews and Concert Information. If you'rea Barenaked Ladies fan (and even if you're not), check out the BNL Corner. If you have anycomments on a review, have a band you want me to check out, or just want a pal to chatwith, you can click on the Email button belw or right here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On That Note, I'm outta here......