chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

johnny irion @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

chatham county line electric holiday show @ haw river ballroom

So lovely — warm and fun and full of singalongs, this was the first of CCL’s annual Electric Holiday Show that I have been to, but I will not miss another one.

Full set is here.

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tift & jte @ cat’s cradle

tift merritt @ cat's cradle

justin townes earle @ cat's cradle

A co-headline show, and it was magical. Tift plays so well at home, and JTE is such a gift, such a great songwriter and performer. It was a warm and fantastic night.

Full set here.

yep roc 15

yep roc 15

yep roc 15

yep roc 15: eleni mandell

yep roc 15: los straightjackets

yep roc 15: cheyenne marie mize

yep roc 15: sloan

yep roc 15: jim white

yep roc 15: the minus 5

yep roc 15: the minus 5

yep roc 15: john doe & the sadies

Full set from all three nights of Yep Roc 15, a celebration of Yep Roc Records’ 15th birthday party, is here. Write-up will be on Speakers In Code tomorrow or Tuesday. Thanks for inviting me to your party, y’all. It kicked ass.

(I shot every band on the lineup but Liam Finn — who I shot at the Casbah a year ago last Thursday, actually, which we’ll call my own personal YR14 — and Fountains of Wayne, because on Friday night I needed to go home early and die. But that would be: Jukebox the Ghost, Eleni Mandell, Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe (!!!), Los Straitjackets, Mayflies USA, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Josh Rouse, Sloan, Darren Hanlon, Jim White, the Minus 5, Chatham County Line, Tift Merritt, John Doe (!!!!!!), and the Sadies, and John Wesley Harding.)

jesca hoop @ west end wine bar

jesca hoop @ west end wine bar

jesca hoop @ west end wine bar

Yep Roc’s Jesca Hoop played a quietly delicate set to a small crowd at the West End Wine Bar; an off-night from touring with the Punch Brothers, she writes intricate and shimmering songs in the vein of Sharon Van Etten and plays them with an electric kick like Carrie Brownstein. She had her voice reigned in last night — West End isn’t a big place — but even quiet, you can tell she has that vocal power behind everything she does. I was glad Yep Roc tipped me off to the set, because I dug what I heard hardcore.

Jesca’s new album, The House That Jack Built, is out June 26 on Yep Roc. A handful of other photos from last night are here.

liam finn @ the casbah

liam finn @ the casbah

liam finn @ the casbah

I like to be up front with you guys, you know that: a few years ago, I picked up Liam Finn’s debut album, I’ll Be Lightning, because he was Neil Finn’s son, and I do love me some Crowded House. Happily, Liam is just as talented as his dad, in completely different ways, and so I fell in love with him on his own merits. Last night’s show at the Casbah, in support of this year’s excellent FOMO, just confirmed that: Liam is a whirling dervish of looped guitars and singing with his hands and banging furiously away at one of two drum kits on stage, and one of the most staggeringly compelling performers I’ve seen in a long time. Like Malkmus a few weeks ago, I was hard pressed to take my eyes off him on stage, because I never knew what he was going to do next — pick up a guitar, start it looping, sit down at the drum kit? Flail away at his guitar and bark clever and cryptic lyrics from the mic in the center of the stage? I had no idea; the show was a perpetual surprise, and that delighted me.

It was magic to watch Liam — and his band, though I’ve heard his solo no band show, where he loops and plays all the parts himself, is even more fascinating — drag all his instruments through the complex and noisy and fierce music he makes. It was a magical show, all colored lights and whirling musicians and big noise. I was thrilled to be part of it.

Thanks to Courtney at Yep Roc Records, I was also privileged enough to spend some time shooting Liam before the show, while he recorded a short video piece for Yep Roc’s social media department. More shots from the show, including several of opener Marques Toliver (who loops a violin much in the manner of Owen Pallett, and as well), and the pre-show shoot, behind the jump, and the full set is here.

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chatham county line @ cat’s cradle

chatham county line @ cat's cradle

chatham county line @ cat's cradle

chatham county line @ cat's cradle

Chatham County Line sounded so fantastic last night; intense and joyous and fierce. They remain one of my favorite live acts to see, and it was a pleasure to get to shoot them so up close and personal. (Muchas gracias to Dave and to Dan Dan The Taping Man for the ticket.)

Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes opened, and sounded wild and strange and lovely; I dig what he’s doing after the Drops hardcore.

Full set is here.