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…

favorites: boys with guitars

There are things that always make me happy, and I have three things to share from three people who bring me great joy today. One: Josh Ritter’s genius double record Live At Iveaugh Gardens is free on NoiseTrade today. If this album fails to make you happy, please check your pulse. Two: Brian Fallon says…

album review: josh ritter – the beast in its tracks

Josh Ritter — The Beast In Its Tracks. Out tomorrow, but streaming on NPR today. I am in awe of Josh Ritter; I have been for many years, because he’s the most literate songwriter working today, and he’s funny and awkward and genius, and he’s probably sincerely a complete charming weirdo, and he smiles on stage like…

top ten shows of 2011

I saw 133 shows so far this year, with two left in 2011, but these are the unquestionable top ten. Now with photos. (Josh Ritter in Charlotte above.) 1. Josh Ritter, solo acoustic, at the McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte, 11/2011. I didn’t go to another show this year where I barely breathed from start to finish…

josh ritter @ mcglohon theatre

The only word for last night’s solo acoustic Josh Ritter show is “magical”. It was sheer magic, like he always is, and it was perfect. Setlist: Come And Find Me/Rumours/Me & Jiggs/Wolves/Southern Pacifica/You Don’t Make It Easy Babe/Folk Bloodbath/Rattlin’ Locks/Harrisburg/Sweet Water (? new song)/Girl In The War/What Happened To The Girl I Knew*/In The Dark/Galahad/New…

josh ritter @ the cat’s cradle

if there’s a book of jubilations, we’ll have to write it for ourselves I believe in rock and roll as a religion. I believe that if you close your eyes and tilt your head back, the right live music is capable of transformation and transportation. I believe in the church of effects pedals and goosebumps…

josh ritter — so runs the world away

josh ritter @ the cat’s cradle, carrboro, nc, originally uploaded by minervacat. Josh Ritter — So Runs The World Away. Out 4/17 on limited release vinyl for Record Store Day 2010; out wide release on 5/4, V2 Records. Thank god for Record Store Day vinyl releases, is all I’m saying. There’s not much that Josh…