You don't get the impression that Sharon Van Etten is a tour-de-force talent when you're talking to her one-on-one. But that's exactly what she is -- an artist with a simple sound of great magnitude. At first thought, the Luminary seems like a small venue for such an growing artist. But the intimate space only allowed her to shine brighter.
The last time the Rural Alberta Advantage came through town, tornadoes and technical difficulties kept the Canadians' set short. This time they brought a night of perfect weather and some of the greatest tunes that America's hat has ever produced.
Lucius cannot be contained. The last time the five-piece indie-rock ensemble, fronted by the stunning vocal harmonies of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, was in town their energy and sound seemed to push at the tiny confines of the Duck Room walls, begging for a larger venue. It was an unforgettable show.
Singer and songwriter Dave McPherson, best known for his work with UK alt-metal band InMe, demonstrates the power of his plaintive voice, furtive guitar and searching lyrics on the new solo acoustic track "Nothing Is Enough."
The pristine and rugged landscape of Bitterroot Valley, Montana provides the context for Skye Steele's evocative vision of folk music. Droning fiddle, sparkling banjo, drifting piano and streams of vocals create a yearning soundscape on the song "Hiromitsu & Yuko."
Wakarusa brings out the best in people -- bands love it, campers love it -- everyone is having a grand ole' time.
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.
The tones and textures of 'Garden,' a new song by Owls of the Swamp (aka Australian songwriter Pete Uhlenbruch), seem to disappear like breath off a fresh razor. But somehow the tranquility of the track lingers long after it's gone.