We're not even two months into 2014 and already the rush of new releases is upon us. What albums are the DJs of KDHX most excited about? These lists will give you a good hint.
I double-parked a red Jetta toward the back of Off Broadway's parking lot as I tossed the butt of my smoke through the cracked window. Hold Steady fans of various ages milled through the parking lot and headed on across Lemp Ave. with a hungry gate that could only be satiated by bar rock. I crunched across the gravel of Off Broadway's entrance/porch and found myself amidst other like-minded music fans, basking in the warmth of Tim Barry's acoustic folk.
The Hold Steady's Facebook page, where the band lists their musical genre, simply states: "Straight up Rock & Roll."
Alvin Lee of Ten Years After has died at the age of 68.
Craig Finn left Brooklyn to record "Clear Heart Full Eyes" in Austin during a four-month break for the Hold Steady. While he arrived in Texas with songs in hand, the actual recording process -- including meeting up with producer Mike McCarthy and introductions to musicians Josh Block, Jesse Ebaugh, Ricky Ray Jackson and Billy White -- took only three weeks.
Lucero is a band of road warriors in the truest sense. Playing 150 to 200 dates a year, the Memphis-based group prides itself as workhorses.
It was surreal to roll through Forest Park Saturday morning, past bikers and joggers, the quiet fountains, apartment buildings looming like mountains on either side of the park, and then, the sound of Troubadour Dali's "Ducks In A Row" coasting out from atop the central field.
Craig Finn is a wordy chap -- but in the best way. For many of the Hold Steady's most ardent fans, Finn's narrative lyrics and spoken vocal delivery are central to the appeal.