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…

concert: rogue band of youth LP release show @ nightlight

Rogue Band Of Youth are part of the Pot Luck Foundation, a loose collective of Triangle musicians who all play in each other’s projects, loosely. They celebrated at the Nightlight last for the release of their debut self-titled LP, and they were fantastic, all melancholy folk ache and echo. Beautiful music, lovely night. Openers were…

concert: wild moccasins @ local 506

Houston’s Wild Moccasins were great on Thursday night; smart songwriting and hella mad stage presence. Loved loved their set. But damn it’s been a while since the 506 was a sucking black hole pit of no light like that. Didn’t miss it.

concert: typhoon w/ PHOX and wild ones @ cat’s cradle

I started crying two and a half minutes into Typhoon’s set and didn’t stop until they finished playing. It was was an extraordinarily beautiful show, White Lighter is even more powerful live, the crowd was incredibly into the set, and when I took my earplugs out at the end of “Young Fathers”, mid set, for…

album review: lydia loveless – somewhere else

If Lydia Loveless’s 2011 Indestructible Machine was a 38 minute punch of broken hearted and bitter but not down or out cowpunk, 2013’s Somewhere Else starts with a blast of guitars that can’t be mistaken for anything but rock and roll. “Really Wanna See You” has a typical Loveless theme: an ex who broke her…

concert: jason isbell @ haw river ballroom

I detailed a lot about this show for SiC, but it’s worth nothing that I haven’t, before, written about Jason Isbell on this particular blog. The last time I saw Jason play predates my starting a photo blog. The photoblog postdates a long-standing Jason Isbell related grudge. Etc. When I first listened to, and fell…

concert: against me! @ the cradle

This is totally late, because my photos went up on SiC on Wednesday along with my thoughts on Against Me!’s set, but I wanted to write about first openers the Shondes, too, and it took me a day or four. The Shondes are a punk band from Brooklyn; fronted by the fierce and dynamic Louisa…

concert: the head & the heart @ the ritz

I wrote about this show for Speakers In Code. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down opened the show, same as the last time I saw THATH in 2011, and they were equally as excellent now as then. I forget between seeing Thao how much I love her slithery, funky, sometimes dirty rock and roll,…

saxapahaw oktober fest: sarah shook + gasoline stove

It’s been a while since I’ve seen any local bands that I didn’t already know … or at least local bands who weren’t composed of people I knew from other bands with new projects. So last night’s Oktoberfest in Saxapahaw was a lovely change, because I got to see a couple of well-respected country acts…

erin rae & courtney marie andrews @ steel string brewery

Speakers In Code favorite Erin Rae rolled into town on Friday night with Seattle songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews in tow, and it was the loveliest night, of women with big voices singing smart, thoughtful songs. Courtney sounds like a young Joni Mitchell, and Erin Rae impressed me even more this time around than she did…