auxiliary house @ nightlight

Everybody knows that I’m stupidly fond of all the Trekky Records kids, and it’s a damn shame that in the years I’ve been going to see their bands and their excellent shows, festivals, and holiday extravaganzas, I’d never actually seen Trekky super-group/whoever’s not on tour/house band, Auxiliary House, before last night. Aux House seems to…

worth getting up for: october

Worth getting up for in October: the National at Memorial Auditorium, and well-won photo passes; Two Cow Garage and Dave Hause (rhymes with pause) at Kings; Ha Ha Tonka at the 506, finally and worth the wait; Cameron McGill & What Army; 47,000 other shows; the North Carolina State Fair; fall baseball; the unstoppable Oregon…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in october

Two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums I listened to in October. The Old 97s — The Grand Theatre Vol. 1: bright twang in the music from Satellite Rides, dark subject material from Drag It Up, now with more Dylan. Where Blame It On Gravity grabbed me right away, I think this is one that’s…

with a folksinger’s heart

The reason you would create anything is because you love it enough to see it exist. — Robert Fritz, “The Path of Least Resistance”

hurray for the riff raff @ the pinhook

The light at the Pinhook is seventeen kinds of suck, but Hurray for the Riff Raff were absolutely excellent; Alynda Lee Segarra has a startling voice, really reminiscent of Jolie Holland, almost too big for the small venue when she really let it go, and live the songs from Young Blood Blues are still conscious…

doubles

She would look at me through the viewfinder and ask me to tell her things that I’d never told a soul. … I learned that, when she asked me if I liked a photo, the worse it was the more I’d better say it was good. If I ever told her that I liked the…

brothers in arms: joey and andy

“He’s my best critic.” — Joey Siara on his brother Andy Joey and Andy Siria of the Henry Clay People were kind enough, last week, to give me fifteen minutes of their time between sets of the show they were headlining with the Dig, and let me take some photos of them together. New thing:…

hurray for the riff raff — young blood blues

Hurray for the Riff Raff — Young Blood Blues. Out now, self-released. What I want to know is this: when did all these kids start picking up banjos? Not a complaint, just a question; who is this folk revolution to be pinned upon? Are banjos really cheap in pawn shops and at garage sales? Somebody…

two cow garage @ kings

Two Cow Garage draws terribly in the Triangle, and that makes me absolutely batty with frustration. I mean, I guess I get it: yesterday was a Sunday, it was a late-ish billed start that became an even later actual start, there’s always plenty of other shows to hit any given night in Chapel Hill, Durham…