Not to come over all schoolmarmish about things, but talking in the crowd during musical performances has been a chronic problem… probably since long before all of us were born. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make an effort right now to STFU more often while attending shows. (I feel like this concept needs to be repeated on a weekly basis to everyone everywhere. Note: I am not blameless, either.)

Now dig this big crux: If you have to shout to be heard and you’re not conveying information that could wait till there’s a break in the music, then you should hold your tongue—especially if you’ve been drinking cheap beer, eating cold cuts, smoking cigarettes, and are leaning into my face to chatter. Anyway, anything you have to say will be better understood when the music drops out— and there’s the bonus of showing the musicians a little respect while they’re pouring their hearts out onstage for you.

Let’s all make a concerted effort to be more quiet and attentive at concerts, eh?