October 6, 2015

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Josh Rouse at the HiFi (9/16) & Pugwash at the Warehouse (9/19)

Two outstanding shows this past week that renewed my desire to make live music a priority after two scattershot months. I can't recall the last time Josh Rouse made it to Indy. Debate during the show had the timeline as few as 3 years and as much as 8. I'd lean toward the latter because I'd remember if it had been within the lifespan of this site. The last time I caught Rouse was during the 1972 tour, which was back in 2003. Along with his … [Read More...]

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Sometimes Life Gets in the Way – Shows for the End of September

Yeah, still here. Anyone who says summer is a time to catch up is either lying or not that busy to begin with, because I've been swamped. Two shows in the past 6 weeks, which is way, way below average. Going to try and gain some balance with the following (note: If you're in Bloomington through the end of the month, several hot ones down there, too): Wednesday, September 16 - Josh Rouse at the HiFi -- I last saw Rouse during the 1972 tour, an … [Read More...]


July Round-Up

Summer vacation and all semblance of a writing calendar gets tossed. Though not posting, I haven't abandoned my need to hit shows and hear/buy new music. A few highlights from July: Concerts -- I made it out to five shows in July. The two clear standouts were Jason Isbell at the Lafayette Theater and New Pornographers at The Vogue. Counting the DBT days, I'm now into double digits seeing Isbell live, and he's never been better. The new songs … [Read More...]

John Howard

Fresh Droppings: John Howard & the Night Mail

Rarely does an album fascinate me like the upcoming self-titled release from John Howard & the Night Mail. The story, in brief, goes something like this: John Howard put out a sparkling piano/vocals record a in 1975 called Kid in a Big World, which was unfairly ignored. Though he released more albums in the 70s, they, too, never caught on. Howard then spent the majority of his career on the A&R side. Fast forward 40 years. Writer and musician … [Read More...]

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Concert Catch-Up: Hiss Golden Messenger and Paul Weller

The past week has been reminiscent of my tireless show going of a few years ago. I can't do the 4 shows a week thing anymore, but occasionally the good ones cluster. Two quick recaps: Hiss Golden Messenger - June 15 at the HiFi -- My first exposure to MC Taylor aka Hiss Golden Messenger was when he opened for the Jason Molina: Magnolia Electric Co tribute show about 18 months back. Since then, I've been gobbling up his work, especially the … [Read More...]

Last Days of April

Fresh Droppings: Last Days of April – Sea of Clouds

Proof you'll never know about every band out there, Sweden's Last Days of April has been releasing well-received records for nearly 20 years yet Sea of Clouds is the first time I'd heard of them. Time to correct that oversight. The band's latest is a languid, organic album that flows unhurried, similar to Sky Blue Sky era Wilco. Each meticulously crafted song glides along a current you can't help but join along. Slide guitar is featured … [Read More...]