Winter is coming, and with the approach, a storm of fall shows designed to draw music fans out of their post-summer doldrums. Located at Plush, the Yacht and White Fang bill did very little to assuage the desire to go outside and seek solace in a cigarette. The two played a pair of jesters who cartwheeled around court with their tongues out and wagged before us cracked-out antics that were just irreverent enough for the audience to enjoy.
With the fizzy, spacey "Never the Same," DoublePlusGood, led by Portland, Oregon's Erik Carlson, combines melancholy '80s pop with contemporary electronic elegance.
Approximately 8,500 fans of jam rock, blues, funk, soul, bluegrass and more flocked to the heartland this past weekend for the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival, held at Kennekuk County Park just outside of the small town of Danville, Illinois, a stone's throw from the Illinois-Indiana border.
Austin-based Americana-pop band the Belle Sounds, led by founders Noëlle Hampton and André Moran, enlisted producer Neilson Hubbard for the finely textured sound of its new EP "Black Stone" and the seductive title track.
Rushing by on a slipstream of bowed bass and sometimes trembling, sometimes wailing vocal rounds, "Although You’re Gone" defines the "dark Americana" sound of Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.
The adventurous sound of Funeral Bonsai Wedding is something entirely new for songwriter Steve Dawson, long-known as leader of Chicago rock band Dolly Varden and accomplished solo artist. Suffused with free-swinging jazz and physically-intense romanticism, "As Soon As I Walk In" captures the expressive power of an open-ended musical approach.
For the past few years it seemed that things were beginning to slow down for the New Pornographers, as if they were beginning to fade. Their new album, "Brill Bruisers," is their revival. Frontman, A.C. Newman has said that after a dark period nothing is holding him down anymore. "Brill Bruisers" is a celebrates this new outlook.
Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.