I'VE NEVER CROWD-SURFED. And I haven't stage-dived, either. As a guy who has always found dancing pretty integral to my enjoyment of music--especially live music--the realization was disheartening. It came to me last month while standing above a sea of seething humanity at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where in the course of a memorable evening (more on that later), Jane's Addiction got super-freaky and generated the largest mosh pit I've seen since the Beastie Boys' set at Lollapalooza in St. Paul some three years ago. It was a beautiful (if somewhat quaint) thing to watch, and it got me thinking about the current state of pop and the fine art... More >>>