Jim Beal Jr. (center with bass dobro, golfer's cap and prodigious mane) of Miss Neesie & the Earfood Orchestra/Retired Express-News Music Columnist/Bro. Dave & the Barrio Blasters/KSYM Third Coast Music Network host
BEST: East LA's Los Fabulocos October gig at Sam's Burger Joint was a real-deal, rollicking Cal-Mex party and a fine Casbeers reunion.
WORST: Food and craft cocktails supplanting rock 'n' roll in the hearts and minds of the going-out public.
WORST: [In 2014, however,] contributors at Slate, Rolling Stone and NPR tried to gushingly convince me that Taylor Swifts new record 1989 was 1) a great work of art 2) original 3) something I would like. 1) no 2) no 3) no."