In Andy Shauf's "Hometown Hero," what starts out as a satirical (but oh so lyrical) portrait of a small-town might-have-been, ends up as a charming, everyman fantasy come true.
Roadkill Ghost Choir's sound has elements of rock and folk, and lyrics that have memorable characters and stories. Andrew Shepard started the band almost randomly, and RGC has so far enjoyed gigs at music festivals and TV appearances, and will head out on the road not long after LouFest to promote its new album "In Tongues."
The Byrds. They were called "The American Beatles" which is the equivalent of calling a young singer-songwriter "The New Bob Dylan." Just not fair. Knowing about the Byrds as long as I can remember, I always regarded that statement as a critic's way of saying, "These guys are good, really good."
The bleakness at the edges of "Strange" by San Francisco duo Callow (Red Moses and Sami Knowles) will linger long after the track fades away. So too will the honesty of this guitar-and-drums journey into the dark.
A night like Tuesday night at the Pageant can be described in so many ways, but none of them carry a negative connotation.
Dreamy and sultry, with echoes of classic British folk-rock, "I Think I Knew" finds Cate Le Bon sailing through a contemplative duet with Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius.
Recalling the finely harmonized, surging folk-rock of Jefferson Airplane and Buffalo Springfield, the Parson Red Heads move forward confidently by reinterpreting the past brilliantly on "To the Sky."
Treetop Flyers have a whimsical name that conjures up images of rope swings and bird houses high above the earth, but their sound is solidly grounded in rootsy rock and alt country.
Not only does Siddhartha Khosla have one of the greatest names in all of indiedom, he's also got a terrific band, Goldspot, who sound finely tuned to the New York songwriter's artful, Byrdsian folk-rock, as evidenced on the latest single "The Border Line."