concerts: drive-by truckers @ the tabernacle

I wrote about the Truckers for Speakers this week. Full set, including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, on Flickr. Set list: English Oceans / Righteous Path / A Ghost To Most / Pauline Hawkins / Birthday Boy / Girls Who Smoke / Where The Devil Won’t Stay / Sinkhole / Sounds Better In The…

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…

festivals: trans-pecos festival of music + love

Marfa, quit acting like suckering New Yorkers into buying high desert real estate isn’t just outlandish fraud. You’re flat and empty, wow. Kansas must be the new Guggenheim. You’re out, go be New Mexico for a while until you show me something. — Spencer Hall, “Charlie Strong Has Kicked You Off The Team” I flew…

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…

concerts: caleb caudle @ the cave

Caleb Caudle’s Paint Another Layer On My Heart is one of my very, very favorite records of 2014 — the songwriting is so delicate and heartbreaking, and it feels terrifically like a long distance love affair album, which I appreciate. He played an excellent hour long set at the Cave on Friday night, including my…

concerts: amanda shires @ cat’s cradle backroom

I went to see Amanda Shires on a whim, on an invitation from my friend Shannon, on the desire to see some live music in a small space. I figured she’d be good because Jason Isbell wouldn’t marry a bad musician, but she absolutely blew me away; her songwriting is arch and clever, a little…

concerts: shannon o’connor @ cat’s cradle

I met Shannon O’Connor when she was stomping on PBR cans in the Cradle parking lot during Merge 25, so I knew I was going to like her from the start, because, come on, why not? We then discussed my camera and her CD release show, so I knew I was going to like her…

concerts: rock*a*teens & the love language @ cat’s cradle back room

What a lovely night of Merge Records indie pop rock last Wednesday — despite starting at 10:30pm (much too late for this old person), the Love Language’s set was shimmery delicious danceable goodness, and Rock*A*Teens made me doubly sad that I missed their set at Merge 25, because they were equally great. Give me hooky…