Tim J. Nelson

Jane’s Addiction: Lyric Opera House Baltimore, Maryland 8/14/12

There was some polite banter, with Perry asking the crowd about their sex lives, but otherwise the guys kept it tight, moving from one classic JA song to the next. For true fans, this was a career-spanning, fan-based set, as heir energy was substantial, but they didn’t take any real risks either. Considering where they are in their career, this is understandable, if not expected: you’re not going find the pure adventurous spirit of a 1980s Jane’s or that of the early Pearl Jam, with the lead singer scaling scaffolding and leaping into the crowd

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Falcon: Disappear

Disappear is a soundtrack for purposeful living in an often seemingly purposeless world. Jared Falcon’s songs, discovered on cassettes in a storage locker in 1988 after he was institutionalized, inspired singer-songwriter Neil Rosen (vocals, guitar) and his friend/band mate Shannon Ferguson (lead guitar) to record their junior-high school chum’s compositions.

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Dweezil Zappa: Return Of The Son Of…

Listening to Dweezil Zappa’s Return of The Son of …, one is reminded of the genius and musical originality of Frank Zappa, who died at age 53, in 1993, of prostate cancer.  Dweezil, one of Zappa’s four children, is a musical master and prodigy in his own right, and this heartfelt tribute is rife with Frank Zappa classics, fourteen to be exact.

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Hot August Blues: Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD 8/21/10

Of course, it was the stellar bill of rhythm and blues artists that attracted and delighted the crowd at Hot August Blues as the line-up included Sweet Leda, Higher Hands, Dean Rosenthal, Jackie Scott, The Bridge, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Keb’ Mo’, and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.

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Drunk Stuntmen: Trailer Life

Trailer Life is a catchy, happy release by the Drunk Stuntmen, an independent roots-rock band fronted by Steven M. Sanderson, and made up of eight or nine other seasoned musicians. What comes across when spinning this disc are the stories, experiences, and work that went into crafting these tunes.

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V Fest: Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore, MD 9/23/06

Was Baltimore worthy to host the first American incarnation of the Virgin Festival this year? Will it be the city-of-choice for next year or will Virgin CEO Richard Branson move the music festival to another American city? Who the hell knows, but despite seriously steep ticket prices, the Baltimore version was highly entertaining.

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