house show: caleb caudle

Caleb Caudle played in my living room on Friday, doing a lot of songs from last year’s stunning Paint Another Layer On Your Heart, and a bunch from his upcoming Carolina Ghost, which looks to be even more stunning. You didn’t come to this show, but you should have.

concerts: frank turner @ greene street club

If you’ve followed me even a little on social media at any point over the last, oh, say, five years, you know that I’ve been waiting to see Frank Turner for, oh, say, the last five years. In 2009, I discovered Frank’s music and, since then, repeatedly, his music has been a balm and a…

concerts: cursive, beach slang, megafauna @ cat’s cradle

Trav is already shaking my life up, in that, on Thursday night at the Cradle, I didn’t just think, This is boring and I hate it of Cursive’s set. I paused, and I listened, and I identified what they were doing with the guitars, and then I thought, this is not boring but it is also…

concerts: great peacock @ local 506

Nashville’s Great Peacock, who put out their records on my beloved This Is American Music, came through the Thrill last week and played to a sparse but deeply interested crowd. They rock much harder than some of their twangier label mates, but any band that rocks a poncho with a bejeweled peacock on the back…

concerts: the river otters @ steel string brewery

My buddy Robinson, who used to live next door to the Cowboy, has been playing with his new band the River Otters for a while now, but I’m a terrible person who stopped leaving the house for a while. Trav and I went out Saturday night, though, and of course I wasn’t disappointed — the…

concerts: drive-by truckers @ cat’s cradle

Since I fell back in love with the Truckers in October at the Tab, I’d been looking forward to the date at the Cradle, soon after Trav’s move here, for weeks. It totally, totally turned out to be worth it — a two hour set full of rarities and heavy on The Dirty South, Decoration…

concerts: spider bags & las rosas @ the nightlight

A few weeks ago the Cowboy and I went to see Spider Bags, one of our mutual beloved locals. And Spider Bags were great, because they are always great; the power of the band expanded from a trio to a quartet means even louder and even more lines to follow, and it suits the songwriting…

arum rae @ cat’s cradle

Arum Rae has an astonishing voice. The phrase that immediately sprang to mind when I walked into the Back Room on Tuesday night was “flight of fancy”, which is not a phrase you can normally use to describe a voice, but it seemed like the only thing that really fit. Arum’s voice is like watching…