October 14, 2010 - 8:07am
Some of the best contemporary singing and songwriting was on display at Skull Alley Wednesday night -- Vandaveer opening for Chicago-based Joe Pug and his Hundred Mile Band.
I sometimes worry about overselling acts that I review; afterall, I have certain tastes in music that I don't expect everyone to share. That being said, if you were to be in the same room with Vandaveer and Joe Pug as they performed -- and didn't like them -- there might be something wrong with...
September 19, 2010 - 1:09pm
Opener Vandeveer set the stage in fine style for Mark Olson's show at the Rudyard Kipling Saturday night.
I think I just made up my own genre of music with "power folk" but I wanted to communicate the strength and verve of the sound that opening band Vandeveer creates, followed by the stirring lyrical prowess of Mark Olson, who mixed up a beautiful set of new music, along with Jayhawks...
September 18, 2010 - 11:34am
Fresh from an Indy jail, Justin Townes Earle came out feisty and rarin' to go with an excellent set at Headliner's Friday night.
At least the mystery of Earle's absence from WFPK's Live Lunch was solved first thing. He told us he had been locked up in Indianapolis. He seemed to be feeling a little fractious still -- and possibly a little punch drunk, launching into "Move Over Mama" from his new record, Harlem...
August 21, 2010 - 1:29pm
Orbs reward a small crowd at Skull Alley with an impressive set of epic progressive rock and a lush landscape of creepy, dreamy imagery.
Sometimes you're just looking for something a little different, and you can always find that at Skull Alley. I decided to see who was coming up last week and happened upon the Orbs. Their story of coming together from a number of well-known bands and experimenting with a new sound piqued my...
July 28, 2010 - 11:11pm
The weather gods smiled on Tift Merritt and her band as the rain kept away and a large crowd enjoyed her soulful music for WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday.
After a day of threatening storms, the sun made its appearance just long enough to welcome Tift Merritt to the stage with its last rays (following Robert Francis and the band Dawes) for WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday concert. Dressed for the humidity in a white blouse and hot pants, Tift and her band...
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