Now in its 13th year, Forecastle Festival has grown from a small neighborhood event into one of the larger summer music festivals, with tens of thousands of music lovers from all over assembling in Louisville, Kentucky's Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River for three days of live music spread across four large stages.
Mike Heidorn lives in Belleville, Ill., not far from the neighborhood where he lent his punk gunfire drumming to Uncle Tupelo for its first three albums. Over a three-hour lunch at a local restaurant with his band's framed album covers on the wall, Heidorn talks as fast as he drummed for the band.
"Chairman Meow" may have a silly title, but it also has an irresistible rhythm and a subtle pop hook. You can hear how much fun Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion had recording it with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone.
Low says the songs on "Invisible Way," its forthcoming album produced by Jeff Tweedy for Sub Pop (and its 10th in some 20 years as a band), features songs about "intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love." "So Blue," one of the first tracks released, is very much the latter, but perhaps it touches on other themes as well, as only the Duluth, Minn. band could sing, play and touch them.
The Peabody Opera House opened its doors just this past weekend. The renovated theatre is fashioned much like a traditional opera house with its ornate décor and marble floors throughout. One might expect the ballet or the latest production run of "Phantom" or "West Side Story" to have commenced the venue's fall season. Instead, we got something much better: Wilco.
Sly Stone hasn't made an album in 30 years. That's about to change.
Last weekend marked my fourth journey to Memphis for the annual Beale Street Music Festival. After severe weather last year canceled nearly half of the scheduled acts, and on the heels of last week's violent storms across the South, we went prepared for anything.
It's refreshing to see some modern indie mainstays charging a jolt into these legendary masters of song. To name just a few, we've recently seen Drive-By Truckers turn down their amps and turn up the soul with under-appreciated '60s diva Bettye LaVette, and then they wasted no time in getting funky with Booker T. We saw Okkervil River rejuvenate Roky Erickson's psychedelic juices. Heck, even Jack White managed to work with Loretta Lynn to help her produce, arguably, one of her best albums.