Articles by Chris Bisha

CANJAM RMAF 2018 — The Quest for Gain

October 25, 2018 by

There was a great positive vibe at this gathering in Denver’s fairly remote Tech Center neighborhood. I’ve been attending hifi and audio shows for over 20 years and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. I met a lot of great people who were gracious, patient and generous with their time and knowledge. There’s […]

Detroit Booze Rock — Greta Van Fleet edition

September 27, 2018 by

Greta van Fleet The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan 25 May 2018 OK, so rock is dead they say. Kids don’t play guitars anymore. Rock ‘n’ roll spectacle has given way to American Idol runners-up, hip hop and choreography. Well, on this sweltering Friday evening heading into Memorial Day weekend, I begged to differ. I had heard […]

Son Volt at The Loving Touch

September 20, 2018 by

Son Volt The Loving Touch Ferndale, Michigan 8 August 2018 Raise your hand if you met your spouse on MySpace. Wait, you mean I wasn’t supposed to marry her? Well, I blame Jay Farrar. Back in the aughts (2000s) MySpace was kind of a big deal on the burgeoning social media scene. I got my […]

I’ll Take the Lead, Part 2

August 15, 2018 by

We’re going to call this the Keith Richards Tribute List. Side man steps up for a turn out front on lead vocals. While Mr. Richards (pictured) is not featured on this list, he is indeed its very inspiration. We believe Keith deserves his own list, which we hope to bring you in a future editorial […]

Best Bass Lines Bracket

March 25, 2018 by

Like I always say, rock and roll is all about bass and kick drum. While the kick delivers that thump to your chest, the bass outlines the chord structure, defines the groove and often adds melodic counterpoint. But quite beyond music theory, a great bass line totally kicks ass! There are so many great bass […]

CES 2018 Report — DragonFly by Audioquest

January 22, 2018 by

CES 2018 in Las Vegas was short on high-end audio. There was essentially one floor of the Venetian hotel dedicated to products that audiophiles would consider “hifi.” This year there were more companies exhibiting that are not traditionally associated with tech, such as appliance manufacturers and auto makers. For my part, I was interested to investigate […]

Springsteen on Broadway

October 30, 2017 by

Bruce Springsteen’s four-month residency (later extended) on Broadway is an amazing combination of humility and arrogance. The tension between the humility that he brings to his life story and the arrogance required to believe that people want to hear that story proves to be a tremendous creative catalyst. After decades of performing in cavernous sports […]

Adam Ant Stands & Delivers

September 30, 2017 by

Adam Ant 15 September 2017 Sound Board @ Motor City Casino Detroit, Michigan Some guys just don’t have the quit in them — Mr. Ant (pictured) is one of those guys. Ever since the late 70s, when he got screwed by his first label (Do It! Records) and Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager) stole his […]

Joshua Tree Revisited

September 16, 2017 by

If I could, yes I would. If I could… I would have seen U2 in 1987 on The Joshua Tree tour. But I was finishing up my “option year” (read: fifth year) at Michigan State. They played in April at the Silverdome in Pontiac and I was getting ready to graduate. Tickets were expensive and […]

He’s the Man! — Joe Jackson Live in Ann Arbor

June 30, 2017 by

Joe Jackson 17 June 2017 Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI The first time I saw Joe Jackson live was in the autumn of 1982. He was on tour supporting his record Night and Day. I was a freshman in my first semester at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The show was at Hill […]