You aren’t going to get a lot of music reviews from me.
I buy a couple CDs a year, perhaps, and most of them are at least a few years old. I’ve got a lot of music, and I no longer have a lot of just-listen-to-music time. In the car, I listen to the local “giant iPod shuffle of the last 30 years” channel.
I haven’t been to a concert in a fair while. When I went, it was largely the same few bands again and again. Moxy Fruvous, Barenaked Ladies (once with Frente opening, yay!), and an impressive electro-acapella rock band called SpiralMouth (get their album, skip track one, and prepare yourself for some impressive listening.) I’ve only been to a few huge rock concerts. About fifteen years back, I went to two nights of David Bowie’s Sound+Vision tour; I was dating a couple of Bowie fans when the tickets came available, and didn’t want the conflict of getting tickets for one but not the other. Both relationships broke up before the concert actually happened, but on friendly terms, so we still went. I hit the Lillith Faire in Pasadena a few years back. And since my wife is both a Billy Joel and an Elton John fan, I bought us tickets for one of their joint appearances a few years back. It was at that concert, amidst a noisy crowd, realizing that we had paid hundreds of dollars to watch these guys on the big screen TV over the stage, that we basically swore of large concerts… and standing awkwardly in a club listening to Marc Cohn extend every song by repeating the end bit again and again discouraged us even from smaller concerts. (Didn’t kill us entirely on it; we’ve taken in They Might Be Giants since then.)
We’re pretty well set-up for MP3 playing. Mrs. Nat’s TV and I both have portable hard disk players, both off-brand, mine with a pretty poor interface for navigating large numbers of files, but still we can both carry most of our CD collection around with us. The car has an MP3 CD player. And we have a flash memory-based player around, but it’s one of the very early ones and there’s not a proper working driver for it for the current versions of Windows. As such, the songs that are in there are gonna stay there! (I bought that one because I was co-writing a book on MP3, and there were only two makers of such players at the time. The other manufacturer loaned me a review unit, but I had to buy the crappier one just to review it.)
Oh, this is more detail than anyone wants. All I’m saying is that I listen to and buy fairly little new music, particularly from folks you haven’t heard of. I’ve never been musically hip, and now I’m not even trying. So don’t expect music reiews.