Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the New York-based Interpol at the Commodore. Diana Villarreal was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Interpol at the Commodore Ballroom on September 15, 2014. Thanks Diana.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Bay Area hip-hop duo Latyrx at Venue. Diana Theodora was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Latyrx at Venue on September 14, 2014. Thanks Diana.

Thirty years ago today—on Sept. 13, 1984—KISS released its 12th studio album, Animalize. Although it wasn't exactly classic KISS, I do seem to recall thinking that the single "Heaven's On Fire" was alright.

The album was unique in "KISStory", as Gene Simmons might say, because it was the only one to feature guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April of '84 but would be forced to leave KISS by November after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a severe form or arthritis. St. John died in April of 2007 at age 51 from a brain hemorrhage bought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the fast-rhyming Tech N9ne at the Commodore. Kat White was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Tech N9ne at the Commodore Ballroom on September 11, 2014. Thanks Kat.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Montreal singer-songwriter Adam Cohen at the Media Club. Ruxandra Fediuc was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Adam Cohen at the Media Club on September 10, 2014. Thanks Ruxandra.

At Rogers Arena on Tuesday (September 9)

With his increasingly rare live appearances in Vancouver, an air of expectation hung over Straight music chief Mike Usinger’s performance at Katy Perry's concert at Rogers Arena last night (September 9). And this most unpredictable of critics wasted no time in toying with fans.

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on September 11, 1989—Mr. Big played Club Soda.

"Who the hell is Mr. Big?", you might be thinking.

Well, at the time it was an American rock quartet that was being billed as the next supergroup. And it lived up to the hype. Two years after Mr. Big played here it had the number one song in 15 countries with the pretty ballad "To Be With You".

Maybe you remember Mr. Big now?

Anyway, I was psyched back then to interview Mr. Big's bassist, Billy Sheehan, cause that dude could play. For all you nostalgia hounds out there, here's the story that ran in the Straight's Sept. 8-15 issue. 

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed pop superstar Katy Perry at Rogers Arena. Muriel Protzer was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Katy Perry at Rogers Arena on September 9, 2014. Thanks Muriel.

Groundworks Marketing announced today that a new Paul McCartney tribute album will be released on November 17, and that it will feature some of my fave artists from the seventies, including Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Heart, Bad Company's Paul Rodgers, Montrose's Sammy Hagar, the Who's Roger Daltrey, and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen.

It will also have KISS.

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