Reviews

Posted on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 - 2:21 am
When small coffee house performances come to memory, a picture develops within the mind’s a eye that often seems to call up images of a simple set with acoustic guitar, wooden bar stools, a soft pool of light, and the gentle murmuring of an audience. Such a setting would fit well the music of...
Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 - 4:31 am
This is the quote that DJ Simon Posford (Shpongle) asked the crowd as he prepared to blow the minds of the audience. We definitely got Shpongled. The very full crowd of sweaty dancers filled the Fox Theatre on Saturday night to see the renowned DJ on his new tour. I had the pleasure of eating sushi...
Posted on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 - 12:07 am
Later this month, the enigmatic Keller Williams will release his 756th album. Okay, that number may be off by a few. Nonetheless, every time I turn around, it seems as if k-dub is onto some new project- playing solo, taking a stab at group rock with the WMD’s or complimenting the drumming of Bill...
Posted on Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - 10:11 pm
Mark Knopfler proved he was not too old to rock n' roll, as many old-school Dire Straits fans gathered at the Paramount to catch the former lead guitarist and vocalist of one of the most important bands of the 1980s. Knopfler has also had an illustrious solo career over the last ten years since...
Posted on Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - 1:58 am
“This is just the beginning to my journey with this instrument” –Fareed Haque Have you felt patronized by music lately?  Do the simple pop schemes disappoint you? Are you looking for something complex and intricate?  Then this is the album for you.  This is musician’s music. ...
Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - 3:41 am
After five years of writing and some one-off performances, Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) and Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee) have finally released an album under their group moniker 30DB titled One Man Show.  And the wait was worth it.  With an excellent supporting cast in...
Posted on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 - 6:56 pm
The Avett Brothers played a pair of sold out shows at the Boulder Theater this week, and they brought fellow North Carolina country rockers Truth and Salvage Co. with them.  The Tuesday show, on the 20th day of the 4th month, was a happy little accident for our fair city, who likes to get...
Posted on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 - 10:39 pm
In 1939, at the age of 13, a precocious and aspiring trumpet player in a high school band was criticized mid-song for playing with too much vibrato.  The band teacher had stopped the song short to deliver a message to the trumpeter that he would never forget: He told the boy that he had to...
Posted on Friday, April 16th, 2010 - 5:31 am
The release of Boredom Springs Anew from Apoc comes just as the flowers bloom. This hip hop act cannot seem to stay put to any single location. Apoc releases tendrils to each place he blooms; he is more like a vine than any flower or houseplant.  When I first met we were both observing the...
Posted on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - 7:10 pm
Martin Sexton will be playing with the Ryan Montbleau band, his band, for a string of dates beginning today, 4/15/10 until Bonnaroo Music Festival June 10th down in Manchester, TN.  After Bonnaroo, he’ll be joining forces with the Dave Matthews Band until he winds down his tour at the end of...