Remembering Ross (Roscoe) Shoemaker

Ross Shoemaker, known by his friends as Roscoe, was killed in a car accident in Broken Arrow, OK last night. Roscoe was the manager of the Bowery in Oklahoma City in November 1984 and he taped the now infamous show that became “The Shit Hits the Fans”. From Rolling Stone, which place TSHF as #50 on its list of the 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time: A pre-sobriety Paul Westerberg, … Read more →

Bits + Pieces: Dad Rock on The Replacements; You Am I; Win Stuff!

You Am I

• This week’s episode of USA Today’s Dad Rock (ugh, that term) podcast focused on The Replacements: In 1989, Musician magazine (then a fairly important tastemaker) declared the Replacements “the last, best band of the 80s.” (Color them impressed.) That cover piece reportedly prompted Jon Bon Jovi to write the publication in protest: “How can the Replacements be the best band of the 80s when I’ve never even heard of … Read more →


Welcome to the new Man Without Ties website, updated (finally) for the 21st century. I’m still in the process of transferring pre-2013 show reviews and pictures over to this site but the bulk of the content from the old MWT site is here. Thank you very much to James Cradock and Yellahoose for the server space and the assistance with getting the new WordPress site up and running. … Read more →