Concerts

2009 Concert Rewind, August: Weezy, Blondie, Depeche Mode, JoBros, Katy Perry, Mos Def, De La Soul, Blue October, Green Day and an Audience With King George

Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, House of Blues, August 1: "[Cudi has] tapped John Goldstein, Kanye's famed stage light guy, to help him create an actual feel to his show. Hipster rappers get derided a lot as not being "real rappers," but they put on a hell of a show. The crowd is already his." Shea Serrano

Thee Armada, Warehouse Live, August 1: "The time spent in their rooms practicing over the years showed during both their original songs and especially on a cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," a tribute to all the parents in attendance." Kim Douglass

Jimmy Webb, Dosey Doe Coffee House, August 2: "To be sure, there's a lot of lyrical silliness in Webb's work - cakes left in the rain, moons that are harsh mistresses - but they're redeemed by striking melodies and inventive arrangements. He broke the rules (after learning them) like Bacharach or Sondheim." Rich Connelly