The Whigs have married indie-pop witticisms and bare-bones three-piece rock 'n' roll blowouts for over a decade. The Athens, Ga. trio has seen its share of opening slots, always filled with explosive energy that's a headliner's dream.
It was nothing but good news for the Corin Tucker Band, playing for a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Firebird. Opening song "No Bad News Tonight" from the new album "Kill My Blues" set the tone for a night of gimmick-free rock 'n' roll fused with tight pop-punk and straight-up guitar rock.
Coming off the release of "New Multitudes," their Woody Guthrie tribute album with Jay Farrar and Yim Yames, Will Johnson and Anders Parker had played casual but tight sets in living rooms and alternative spaces without P.A. systems for seventeen straight nights before Saturday's performance to a small but dedicated audience at Off Broadway.
Will Johnson's never been stingy with his art. From his work with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and Monsters of Folk, to producing and playing on albums by other artists, to painting portraits of baseball players, "prolific" barely describes the Missouri-born artist.
When 81-year-old Ramblin' Jack Elliott took the stage, alone, to a small Listening Room Series crowd at the Old Rock House, the room fell so deeply silent we might have heard the creaking of the old folkie's bones.
Filled with Adam Turla's sonorous vocal rumbles and haunting cello strains by Sarah Balliet, Indiana's Murder by Death forgoes Hoosier State earnestness for something dark and deep.
Wanda Jackson isn't going to be with us forever.
After a summer of playing amphitheaters and festivals, My Morning Jacket and openers Band of Horses took their act inside for St. Louis, bringing an onslaught of guitars to the delicate acoustics of Peabody Opera House.
It's been almost four years since Old Crow Medicine Show played to a well under-capacity audience at the Pageant. At its October, 2008 show the merchandise vendors were so excited by the show and the fans that they freely gave extra band stickers to patrons by the fistful.