Update: New Album Review and Two New Concert Reviews, Plus Photos

I’ve been stupid busy lately with shows. Thankfully I have a couple of weeks off until more great music rolls our way.

Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks:

Concert Review – White Denim, Maps and Atlases, Tiny Victories at Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC

Album Review – The Infamous Stringdusters, Silver Sky

Concert Review – Jimmy Herring Band & Victor Wooten Band, Carolina Theater, Durham, NC

Enjoy these shots from the shows!

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Jimmy Herring Album Review, Perpetual Groove Show Review, and Hopscotch

If you’ve been following the Twitter feed you know that I’m currently embroiled in the Hopscotch Music Festival. Look for a review and lots of photos in a few days.

In the meantime, I wanted to post a couple of my things that went up at Glide Magazine recently: a review of Jimmy Herring’s insanely awesome new album Subject To Change Without Notice, and a review of Perpetual Groove’s August 16, 2012 show at The Lincoln Theater. See below for a few photos from that show!

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Music Flows on St. Patricks Day at Raleigh’s Pour House Music Hall

At The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, Steve Mang embodies the phrase “he’s a regular”. The guy is second only to the employees when it comes to attendance, and he’s seen a ludicrous amount of music at the venue, so you know he won’t steer you wrong when vouching for music. “The Oatmeal Conspiracy is always good,” he said, heading into the venue for a St. Patrick’s Day triple-bill that featured them along with two more bands, Triple Wide and Waylandsphere.

Pearsall, Bryce, and Morton

Anyone that frequents the bar knows that those three names on a poster means one thing – a night of non-stop collaboration where three bands take on a group mindset. The difference on this night, though, was the deep, rich sound of two relatively new local bands turning the corner and heading toward bigger and better things. The Triple Wide foursome is coming up on two years together, and there’s been a pronounced increase in familiarity amongst the band since their inception. Their newfound confidence and tightness has greatly benefited every aspect of their music. The Oatmeal Conspiracy has been together for much longer, but recently unearthed an entirely new sound thanks to the addition of a full-time bassist. The two bands are playing better than they ever have right now, and the combination of the two groups on this holiday night only amplified that fact. Continue reading

Festival Update: Rothbury, 10K Lakes Dark for 2010, Wakarusa Announced

It’s unfortunate that our first reporting about two of the Midwest’s best events – Rothbury and 10,000 Lake Festival – is that they aren’t happening this year. The 10K Lakes website makes no bones about the fact that finances are the issue, while Rothbury is more vague, stating that the performance and recording schedules of their desired artists have derailed their efforts to put on a “cutting edge” event this year. In other news, I have a nice mountaintop residence in Kansas I would love to sell to anyone who is interested.

Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas will again host the Wakarusa festival the weekend of June 3-6, 2010. Their first wave of artists includes Sound Tribe Sector Nine, The Disco Biscuits, Zappa Plays Zappa, Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Railroad Earth, Tea Leaf Green, ALO, Mofro, The Machine, Bassnectar, Boombox, Split Lip Rayfield, Ivan neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Trampled By Turtles, and many more.

Joshua Tree Music Festival continues to add to their ever-esoteric lineup, and the latest participants include Mexican Institute of Sound, Radio Devi, and D Numbers.

DelFest has added The Gibson Brothers, Uncle Earl, The Bridge, and Trampled by Turtles.

Our beloved Bonnaroo clue givers have been busy, and so far it looks like the solid lineup answers include Ingrid Michaelson, John Prine, Tinariwen, Dan Deacon, and Deadmau5, along with the other highly rumored acts.

Allman Brothers Band & Widespread Panic Raleigh Review on Glide Magazine!

My review of the October 11, 2009 Allman Brothers Band/Widespread Panic show at Walnut Creek is now up at Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track Blog! Go here to read and see Dave Rogers’ amazing photos!

Album Review: Yonder Mountain String Band – The Show

“Out of the Blue,” the strongest song on YMSB’s The Show, leads off the album, and false hopes abound in the song’s galloping rhythm and focused songwriting. The Show quickly becomes a real head-scratcher for YMSB fans with song number two – “Complicated” – which shares more than just a name with the horrible Avril Lavigne song. Vocalist Jeff Austin sounds strained and unnatural, and the music is strangely unremarkable given the band’s past songwriting successes. Unlike their last studio effort, which was a polished and engaging album that subtly moved the band beyond the trappings of bluegrass, The Show just tries to be too different. “Steep Grade Sharp Curves” is one of their finer recent efforts, but that’s about the extent of it. The modern country stomp of “Fingerprint” sounds like it was written to appease the merch-buying masses, and the experience declines even more from there. I could go on about how each track – from the incredibly boring “Honestly” to the sappy “Dreams” to the intolerable “Isolation” – is equally dissapointing as the album goes along, but there’s no need to pile on. YMSB is a great band that made a pretty significant miscalculation here.

Rating: 4.9 out of 10