I have a pretty clear bias as far as HowWasTheShow.com is concerned—I spent two years feverishly penning live reviews for the site and worked as editor there before launching my own online music mag and eventually assuming my current position at City Pages. My time with HowWasTheShow.com was spent trying to go to more local shows than site founder David de Young (a harrowing task, to be sure) and honing my writing skills amidst the ever-fluctuating world of online publishing. Which is the beauty of sites like HWTS; writing for free gives contributors the ability to write freely, fueled solely by their passion for seeking out live music. And in an era of online music criticism soiled by snark, the unabashed enthusiasm found within the site's pages is refreshing, even in its most unrefined moments. This year's anniversary celebration features a good lot of hard-hitting rock, with performances by the Haves Have It, the 757s, the Evening Rig, Dallas Orbiter, and the Wars of 1812. 21+.
Fri., June 6, 9 p.m., 2008