preview: paleface & mo @ the pour house

People intimately familiar with Paleface’s music are usually familiar with his background: Daniel Johnston discovered him, Beck was his roommate, Danny Fields molded him, and after having a huge influence on the New York City anti-folk movement and two major label releases, Paleface sort of fell away, self-releasing cassettes and albums until Concord’s Ramseur Records, home to weirdos…

frontier ruckus @ local 506

Frontier Ruckus and the Moondoggies put out two of my favorite underrated albums of 2010, the Moondoggies’ all sweeping vistas and huge sounds and Frontier Ruckus’ all creeping sadness and mournful Michigan landscape, so to get them both in a single weekend was a huge joy. But where the Moondoggies get their huge sound from,…

the avett brothers @ cat’s cradle

The trouble is: I have been spoiled for all other Avett Brothers shows ever. I had never seen them live, after all. And tonight we could have driven to Asheville — but we didn’t; dinner with my parents — and seen them at the Civic Center with 7,000 other people, and it would have been…

samantha crain & the midnight shivers @ the local 506

samantha crain & the midnight shivers @ the local 506, originally uploaded by minervacat. Joe Kwan (of the Avett Brothers) and Dolph Ramseur (of, well, Ramseur Records) were at the show I went to at the 506 last night. It was vaguely weird in a way I couldn’t put my finger on; it’s not like…