Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pop Culture Stew

Life is all about choices.

That's why last night, as the Jazz were getting punked by the Lakers in a first-round playoff preview, and while Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls were furthering the sexual corruption of Utah's youth down at the Energy Solutions Arena, I'm glad I chose to be across the street at The Depot watching a drunken Scotsman climb up on top of a double-stack amp to play his guitar behind his head.

Watching Travis lead guitarist Andy Dunlop wave his Les Paul around in the pretty lights was probably the most memorable moment from last night's concert, but it was hardly the only surreal moment of the evening. It only narrowly edged out the sight and sound of Kenn Janowski, lead singer of opening act The Republic Tigers, who's falsetto vocals during the band's cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" were so spot-on I wondered if he was lip-synching. And if I was having any second thoughts about skipping out on Britney, my fix came courtesy of a special acoustic cover of "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" courtesy of Travis's frontman, Francis Healy.

When the dust cleared from the show, I went home and watched Monday's episode of "24" online with some fresh strawberries and a shrimp cocktail. Turns out Tony Almeida is more loyal to Jon Voight than Jack Bauer. Bummer.

Life is all about choices.