bombadil cd release party for ‘all that the rain promises’

Everyone in the Triangle knows the story of Bombadil; in 2009, poised to break out with the spectacular and heartbreaking Tarpits and Canyonlands, the band took an abrupt and open-ended hiatus, based, publicly, mostly around de facto frontman Daniel Michalak’s deteriorating physical health. (If you aren’t from here, you can read last week’s Indy story…

girl in a coma @ local 506

Science has not yet found a way to rock illness away, but I am sure that some diligent grown-up punk with a PhD in biology is working on it. And if science could rock a sinus infection away, the band to do it would be San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma, who did their best…

cameron mcgill & what army @ local 506

The only good thing about the otherwise wretched emptiness of the 506 last night was the space itself; the 506 is basically a big concrete and cinderblock box, and the quiet but appreciative crowd distributed along the benches up against the walls let Cameron’s voice and his band’s sheer enormous sound echo and vibrate off…

the big picture @ local 506

When I leave a show too long without posting about it, I’m never sure what to say, but the Big Picture and Soft Company were the second half of my Thursday night double header; they both make dreamy-driving indie rock that’s just on this side of weird, but in a good way — I really…

onward soldiers @ nightlight

I have, at various points in time, spent a lot of time entertaining myself by thinking up interesting/hilarious/very specifically themed tour pairings. It’s something to think about when I don’t have anything else to think about, and occasionally I entertained myself not just casually with these ideas, but wildly with them, although most of those…

thank you friends

Alex Chilton passed away the day before my 30th birthday, and his death is something that I’ve struggled with all year. I was unexpectedly devastated by it when it happened, and I have found myself blindsided repeatedly by the fact that he’s gone, more than once at more than one random moment, this year. And…

get it right

Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. — Caterina Fake

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…

holy ghost tent revival @ the blind tiger

holy ghost tent revival @ the blind tiger, originally uploaded by minervacat. baby i don’t know, i don’t think anybody can ’cause that which keeps us moving is that which we can’t understand