tift & jte @ 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.

This is my favorite photo that I’ve taken of Justin Townes Earle; I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I saw him last. He’s at the Cradle tonight with Tift Merritt, her third stop in Carrboro this fall. You should come.

yep roc 15

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…

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…

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…

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 baseball project — vol. 2: high and inside

The Baseball Project — Vol. 2: High And Inside. Out 3/1, Yep Roc Records. Sometimes I’m pretty sure that I’m the only person who loved the Baseball Project’s 2009 release Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails as much as I did; it was in my top 25 for that year. I loved it because…

chatham county line cd release show for ‘wildwood’

There’s no doubt in my mind that Chatham County Line are one of the best traditional bluegrass bands working today; even more so because they’re much more than a trad bluegrass outfit. They’re a group of guys who know the lineage their music comes from, and who recognize and draw from that, all while being…

baseball: fsu @ unc, game three

baseball: fsu @ unc, game three, originally uploaded by minervacat. Eleven. Baseball-related music content: the Baseball Project, an Athens, GA supergroup made up of members of R.E.M. and the Minus 5 among others, released one of my favorite albums of 2008, Volume One: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails. Georgia indie rock songs about obscure baseball…