concerts: julien baker w/ gracie and rachel @ cat’s cradle

Julien Baker was stellar at the Cradle last week; photos are up on Speakers. Openers Gracie & Rachel were a little Tori Amos, a little Vienna Teng, a lot themselves, and a whole lot of spectacular harmonies. The keyboard / violin combo is fantastic, the music is reserved without being shy or retiring, and their…

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…

concerts: the julie ruin @ girls rock NC rally, cat’s cradle

I wish I’d felt better on Saturday night — I’m recovering from a slept on the ground in the cold in a tent chest cold — because feeling shitty meant that I was vaguely grouchy and short tempered at people all evening (if I was grouchy and short tempered at you, my bad! Sorry I’m a…

concerts: she keeps bees @ local 506

I hadn’t been in the freshly renovated Local 506 in a few weeks — not since they finished the renovations, for sure — and it looks gorgeous, but this show was Monday night, because I am an idiot who took a job on the same day she planned to spend seven hours flying home from…

lydia loveless @ motorco music hall

Lydia Loveless lead off her raucous almost two hour set on Tuesday night with “Head” from this year’s spectacular Somewhere Else, and honestly, it takes a certain kind of fabulously awesome person to open a weekday show with a smaller crowd with a raunchy but somehow sweet song about, well. Oral sex. It’s one of…

quote: kathleen hanna on beyonce

Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we shouldn’t either. I just think, Would Beyoncé be…

record store day: rye & lauren st jane

I was down in Atlanta for Record Store Day over the weekend, and Trav had to work, so I hied myself over to Mojo Vinyl in Roswell — a great store, and I had a lovely conversation with folks there about the Thrill, and I bought an old RSD Whiskeytown 7″ that I didn’t already…

book review: exile in guyville (gina arnold ; 33 1/3 #86)

Two or three years ago, when this title was announced by Bloomsbury, I was excited, because I thought that Gina Arnold might be able to explain Exile In Guyville to me. To tell me what makes women of a particular age — say 32, because I know this record never kicked for my baby sister,…

bloodshot records spring: bobby bare jr & dex romweber

Bobby Bare Jr. — Undefeated: once a year or so, Bloodshot’s new release schedule affords me the opportunity to dig into the back catalog of one of their artists, someone I’ve never really listened to before; this year it’s Bobby Bare, Jr., and it starts with his 2014 release Undefeated. It’s a gem of a…