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August 23, 2014

Hangout Day 2: Fitz and the Tantrums Put on One

Day 2 of the Hangout Fest included the robust set put on by a crowd favorite Fitz and the Tantrums on one of the smaller stages at the venue. The stage might have been smaller but the performance of  this duo plus band was on a grand scale, reaching a crescendo with their hit “Out of My League.” Earlier in the day it was a different kind of rock, but superb – Mighty Mouse, and then later in the evening came The Killers, who are so elusive they have their own photographers and do not allow any media outlets access to …continue reading

Queens and Keys Rock Gulf Shores, Alabama

A cool breeze blew off the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores, Alabama as Queens of the Stone Age took to the Chevrolet stage and demonstrated they are indeed still those people, those men who look after the women of other men, when those men fail to do so. These men are real  rockers who leave out theatrics and just play excellent rock music most people can connect to. There is not even an ounce of pretension to these guys and if you were luck enough to catch these California desert guys last night then you can consider yourself among …continue reading


You could not ask for more gorgeous weather for the Gulf Shores Hangout Music Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Mobile Tribune is headed over today and will catch Queens of the Stone Age. Don’t know yet who else we will see this afternoon but do have some interviews lined up in the Red Bull Tent tomorrow, including the TonTons and a gay rapper named Le1f. I didn’t know one could say gay and rapper in the same sentence but I did it anyway. I’m actually going to bring a sweater – yes I said sweater, because I had one on this morning because …continue reading

As Predicted, Tornadoes Arrive

Because of a cold harsh winter in the U.S., the so-called tornado season got off to a late start, breaking records for having no tornado strikes by this time of year. All that ended yesterday when a tornado a half-mile wide swept across Faulkner County, Arkansas, killing at least 10 people and 8 more in neighboring states. The towns of Mayflower and Vilonia were hardest hit. The National Weather Service, storm watchers and weather bloggers have been warning for almost a week this system was coming. The only question was whether it would be moderate or severe, and yesterday the …continue reading

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