See Mike in L.A. Aug. 18th + Brad Easy St. Review

by Kathy Davis on August 17, 2010

Thanks to Genius Donny at All That’s Sacred  keeping the dream alive – here’s a couple of catchup news items about Mike and Stone:

First, a  reminder about resident PJ Shredmaster Mike McCready’s guest appearance on Wednesday August 18th at Los Angeles, California’s Spaceland.  Here is the information:

Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs at Spaceland Aug. 18

Event Details

  • Wednesday, August 18
  • SpaceLand 8:30 pm
  • SpaceLand, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (MAP)
  • Tickets: Buy tickets
  • Price Info: $8 Adv. $12 DOS
  • Age Limit: 21+

Americana darlings Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs create “haunting Northwest alt-country” (Seattle P-I) on their sophomore release The Only Thing That Matters. On tour throughout August, Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs will perform at Spaceland in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 18 with special guest Mike McCready of Pearl Jam sitting in for a few songs.

Quote from Star Anna’s Website: “Star Anna is an American original. I am a huge fan of her music and especially her voice. She sings from a place of beauty and pain that translates to my soul and takes me to a higher place. In the vein of Neko Case and Lucinda Williams , Star is on her way, I hope to great musical heights.”— Mike McCready

Second, Donny (that’s Anderson, you know!) also wrote a fabulous review of Brad’s in-store appearance at Seattle’s Easy Street Records that appears on the record store’s blog. You can read the full review here, complete with pretty pictures,  but here are  excerpted highlights:

It’s never set well with me when people call the band Brad “a Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam rhythm guitarist) side project.” I’ve always felt like it diminishes the talents of the other principal members, singer and pianist Shawn Smith (Satchel, Pigeonhed, All Hail The Crown) and drummer Regan Hagar (Satchel). And like all great bands, it’s the collective sum of the parts that catapults the musical collaboration to someplace special. One gets the sense that if these guys weren’t so busy with their day jobs, Brad would be a much bigger and well-known band.

Seeing Brad live, you really get a sense of what great musicians these guys are and, more importantly, how well they complement each other’s contributions to each song.  (Keith) Lowe and Hagar solidly anchor everything allowing Gossard to understatedly weave his guitar around Smith’s keys and vocals. Add (Mike) Berg’s pitch-perfect harmonies on accompanying vocals and keys and one thing becomes abundantly clear: This is a damn good band.

Damn right, Donny.  Rock!

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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