Brad and Satchel Singer Shawn Smith Dies, Age 53

Sad news had come down as Shawn Smith, vocalist for Pearl Jam side-project Brad as well as Satchel and Piegeonhead passed away on April 5th from complications from a long battle with diabetes. He was 53. Smith was a golden-voiced, underrated frontman from the Seattle 1990s scene. He also was an early member of Twilight Singers together with Greg Dulli from Afghan Whigs and released ten solo albums, including 1999’s Let It All Begin. We send out condolences to Smith’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time. Continue reading

Steel Panther – Lower the Bar

One of the nice things about a band like Steel Panther is that, like a box of chocolates, you always know what you’re gonna get. And with the Panther, you get the chocolate too; vocalist “Michael Starr” dips right in on the opening track of Lower the Bar (Open E), dropping this little nugget of wisdom: “Sometimes the back door is the only way in.” Continue reading