josh ritter @ cat’s cradle, may 2013

(People searching for the setlist, I hope you come here and find it!) I am not exactly shy about my feeling regarding Josh Ritter; it is one of my least complicated listener-artist relationships, in that flat out I love his weird ass unconditionally. I believe that rock and roll is a religion, and I believe…

speakers in code garden party: admiral fallow

And then on Sunday, the North Carolina division of Speakers In Code took over the stage that’s immediately in front of Matt and Tracey’s new house (most convenient stage ever), loaded it with a full PA system, plugged the keggerator full of Fullsteam’s summer basil beer (graciously donated by Sean from Fullsteam, who turned up…

the lumineers @ local 506

I wrote about this show for Speakers in Code, so you can read about my feelings there and look at more photos of the Lumineers and excellent openers Kopecky Family Band here. (Or here, where the full set is.)

shakori hills grassroots festival spring 2012

Muchas gracias to Grant and the Bottom String (although to be fair, Grant pretty much is the Bottom String) for once again allowing me to scoot into the hippie zydeco-jam-band-roots-rock paradise that is Shakori Hills without paying for my ticket; I was out Thursday and Saturday (Sunday’s monsoon precluded my desire to stand in a…

boulder acoustic society @ deep south

I had the pleasure of going out to Raleigh to see my favorite klezmerpunkamericana band, Denver’s Boulder Acoustic Society, last night. With a huge sound, a practically punk rhythm section, and an accordian, BAS really, really don’t sound like anyone but themselves. Their set in Raleigh swung from gorgeous bluegrass waltzes to raving klezmerpunk fusions…

bowerbirds @ motorco

A beautiful night full of unearthly music. I hadn’t seen Bowerbirds in a year, and it was thrilling to hear the new stuff they’re writing, bigger and scarier and more lovely than before. Mount Moriah opened in support of their recent debut LP, and were absolutely phenomenal. It’s funny to think that that band name…

deserves a quiet night

Anyone who doesn’t know that I spend a ridiculous amount of time listening to, thinking about, talking about and writing about music really, really hasn’t been paying attention. I will talk about music, and why I love it, and musicians I’m fixating on, and how it makes me feel, with anyone who will listen. That…

for all those with broken hearts

Lost in the Trees wraps up their incredibly (and well-deservedly) successful 2010 with a show at Motorco Music Hall in Durham tonight; locals Veelee and (LITT’s Trekky labelmates) Butterflies open. 9PM, $15 at the door. This week, the Indy gives Ari some equally well-deserved local loving and the Anti- reissue of All Alone In An Empty House is…

the felice brothers @ kings

I’m rarely left speechless by a show. Gibbering like an idiot, occasionally, but rarely speechless. I can almost always find some twist of words to explain why something was tremendous, or at least an adjective or six, but this morning, I am still stuttering over last night’s Felice Brothers set at Kings. We saw them…