Vocalist and lead guitarist, Curtis Brewer, of Yankee Racers is moving to New York City to pursue a new solo project. He leaves in his place a pair of empty shoes, size large.
When Ozarks singer/songwriter Daniel Elixir isn't creating, he spends his time tending an organic farm.
Crazy how time passes. Not a new thought, but one that still beguiles. On Wednesday, the Pageant hosted Say Anything, Saves the Day and Reggie and the Full Effect for a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Say Anything's "...Is a Real Boy."
I needed some of what singer-songwriter John Moreland would refer to as "God's Medicine" -- a night of literate, acoustic music, people and spectacle.
The countrified, poppy aesthetic of the Mastersons, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter duo, was forged at a festival in Colorado where the pair first met by chance.
I slipped into the Gramophone shortly after opener Leif Vollebekk, an acoustic troubadour from Montreal, took to the stage. As the crowd chattered and clinked their glasses, Vollebekk stood alone with a grateful grin on his face, projecting silken, Dylan-esque fingerpicking and vocals toward the Gramophone's bar wall.
Expanding upon sounds first captured in their childhood, the Spring Standards offer listeners a dulcet escape into a vivid world of folk, story-telling and hushed instrumentation.
"You should have seen that girl go shaky at the knees," sang Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley halfway through the Portland, Ore. band's set. His words proved applicable to more than doting young girls; they illuminated the reactions of every Blitzen Trapper and Drive-By Truckers fan at the Pageant on Saturday night.