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Halestorm rocks!

Halestorm rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #2869: Sometimes you just need to forget about politics and work and have some fun. Deb and I drove most of the day yesterday to get to Billings for the Halestorm concert. We had a wonderful dinner in a nice restaurant and then enjoyed an incredible concert from Halestorm. The […]

Dedicated to the Minnesota Lynx

Dedicated to the Minnesota Lynx

Marty’s photo of the day #2327: This is Cub, a semi-wild lynx that I photographed in my backyard several years ago. I dedicate this photo to the Minnesota Lynx, who won the WNBA championship last night. Of the four major sports, I like watching basketball the least. But this year the Minnesota Lynx sucked me […]

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Marty’s photo of the day #2275: I saw Pat Benatar at the Saint Paul Civic Center in 1981. My opinion back then was that she was better on record than she was on stage. Not that she sucked or anything. She just wasn’t exciting live. I would have never gone to a Pat Benatar concert […]

The concert bucket list

The concert bucket list

Marty’s photo of the day #2274: During the past year, I have been working hard at checking off artists on my concert bucket list. Three of those acts included Joan Jett, Garbage, and Melissa Etheridge. One thing all three had in common was that they performed outdoors on equal bills with other acts. Despite the […]

Better together #1

Better together #1

Like pizza and beer, sometimes quotes are better together: “Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe that.” —Donald Trump “I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” —Michelle Obama  

They don’t look the part, but . . .

They don’t look the part, but . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2253: Shirley Manson is the face of Garbage, and I love her as a frontwoman. That being said, I enjoy watching the rest of the band just as much as I do her. Guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erikson crack me up. If you ran into either one of them […]

Seventy-two year old, not found in nature

Seventy-two year old, not found in nature

Marty’s photo of the day #2251: Here’s another photo from last Friday night: Debbie Harry of Blondie at age 72. Obviously, she’s at least 60 years too old for Donald Trump to give a second glance. As for those of us who aren’t psychopaths—wow! Sure 72 year-olds like Debbie Harry aren’t found in nature, but […]

The proper way to work a stage

The proper way to work a stage

Marty’s photo of the day #2250: I will get back to nature photos in a few days, but the X, Blondie, Garbage concert last weekend is an excuse to give them a break. Like at most concerts, high-quality SLR cameras weren’t allowed, so I was stuck using my little pocket Canon. The lens on that […]

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Marty’s photo of the day #2248: When I was in high school, my two favorite bands were the Runaways (Joan Jett) and Blondie. I would have loved to have seen Blondie in their prime, but as I drove to see a concert that included them on Friday, I had low expectations. How good could Debbie […]

Garbage in 104 degree heat

Garbage in 104 degree heat

Marty’s photo of the day #2246: Good morning from Nampa, Idaho. Last night Deb and I saw a great outdoor concert with X, Blondie, and Garbage. Although we came primarily for Garbage, Blondie was great as well. After John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X did a short acoustic show, Garbage took the stage. At […]

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Streaming services, such as Pandora and Spotify have made life difficult for all but the biggest acts in the music industry. The CD-buying public has become the song-streaming public, with artists making a quarter of a penny or less per streamed song. But streaming services do provide one advantage over the days when artists needed […]

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