"I'm not dependent, I swear," said Monica Martin, sipping from what used to be a six-ounce glass of high-proof alcohol. As the night progressed, the banter of PHOX's lead singer devolved from hellos and song intros into ex-boyfriend stories punctuated with expletives, an argument about the definition of "skank" (which featured the statement "this is a group that wears a lot of plaid so this isn't an elitist thing"), and a handful of forgotten Blink-182 lyrics.
When two of the top acts in contemporary blues join forces for an album and a tour, it's not to be missed. N.M.O., or "North Mississippi Osborne," is the marriage of North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne. The Southern blues-rock mainstays brought their new collaboration to the Old Rock House Saturday night for a three-hour show that provided some of the finest blues guitar work to be seen on any stage.