Concert Review: Portland Welcomes Back Pearl Jam

It’s not very hard to understand Pearl Jam’s passionate fan base. To say they are different is an understatement. Pearl Jam never really does anything like most other bands. They’ve fought with Ticketmaster and dumped their record label, they tour sporadically, sell tickets all at the same price ($65 in Portland), completely mix up the setlist every night of the tour and play three hours of songs featuring less singles and more deep album cuts. Pearl Jam last played in Oregon seven years ago and that was a benefit concert at a much smaller venue and without a marathon run … Continue reading Concert Review: Portland Welcomes Back Pearl Jam

Album Review: Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Reflects the Past and Present

Pearl Jam released Lightning Bolt on Tuesday, their 10th studio album and first in four years. The Seattle-based grunge-rockers chart a bit of new territory on Lightning Bolt and take an almost drastic departure from 2009’s effort Backspacer and much of its predecessors. Whereas Backspacer and 2006’s self-titled Pearl Jam give an almost immediate satisfying listen with mostly quick-paced songs Lightning Bolt as a whole slows the tempo a bit and offers more substance than the sometimes repetitive guitar chords and loud, 1-2 punch crashing percussion oft displayed on previous albums. Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt Review The first three tracts … Continue reading Album Review: Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Reflects the Past and Present