Tony Bennett, For the News Tribune
At this point, it's utterly unbelievable how many singers from the Seattle music explosion of the early '90s have died young. How is it that so much era-defining music could come from one geographical area, and how is it that so many of the vocalists from the bands that made that music left the Earth too early, and continue to?
Of all the things that the debut album from Low Dose had to offer, one of the most unexpected was that it made this reviewer reconsider the legacy of Courtney Love.
By now, the sordid tale of Dave Mustaine's exit from Metallica in their early days is one that has become heavy-metal lore. It's a good story: a talented but too-wild character gets ejected from the band he helped to get on its feet, then starts his own project that becomes hugely popular on its own, but he never quite reaches the heights of the group he was kicked out of. It's Cain and Abel stuff, but with riffs.
The thing about bands is, they're all different, but they're all the same.
It's no secret that jam-band studio albums aren't really very good. Go ask a Phishhead — they'll tell you that they don't really care that much for the band's non-live output. For them, the three-minute studio version of "Old Mickey Takes a Swig" (or whatever Phish songs are usually called) is nothing compared to the 23-minute one they did on 7/6/11 at Subway Sandwich Arena in Massachusetts, and the one on 9/14/14 they did at the Wendy's Baconator Arena in Virginia was really "surprisingly funky."
Take yer artisinal horseradish with an undercurrent of currant and shove it, because Rich Mattson's got a new record out, and he's been making home-brewed rock music since most of the region's bebearded makers were making in their diapers. This is a way of saying: Rich Mattson makes fine, handcrafted American rock and/or roll. You want the good stuff, you go to Rich. And hopefully you pay him for it.
When it was announced that the latest platter from one of the world's best rock bands — Norway's 30-year-old space-rock veterans Motorpsycho — would contain only three tracks, it was an intriguing bit of news, but it wasn't as shocking as it would've been if any other group had revealed that info. After all, the trio once put out a double-album (the incredible "Little Lucid Moments") with only four tracks on it, and they not too long ago released a five-track, full-length ("Still Life With Eggplant").
The inaugural Duluth Comedy Fest came to a close Saturday night at the Norshor Theatre with performances by two humor heavyweights — Brian Posehn and Tig Notaro. Comedians of their caliber rarely make it to the Northland, so the mere fact they were here in the flesh was impressive enough, but their sets demonstrated why they've both risen to the fore of their chosen fields over time.