Archive for the ‘Concert Reviews’ Category

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

DAY ONE: THE BUZZ ABOUT “SOUTH BY” For one week each year Austin, Texas becomes the global capital of the music industry. In its 25 year existence, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or simply “South by” to the initiated) has emerged as the industry’s most important “trade show”. Over the course of […]

Live Review: Buried Beds, Fake Problems, Murder By Death @ The Earl, Atlanta, GA 3/8/11

Live Review: Buried Beds, Fake Problems, Murder By Death @ The Earl, Atlanta, GA 3/8/11

Earlier this month Buried Beds graced the stage at The Earl here in Atlanta while on tour promoting their recent release Tremble The Sails, which I recently reviewed here. I rarely make it to a show early enough to catch the opener, although after spending two weeks studying this album, I would have recommend arriving […]

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

Interview/Live Review: Kill County — @ Trophy’s in Austin, TX

For a truly unique take on folk and country music, look no further than Kill County. The band recently brought their minimalist old-school roots sound on a mini-tour to Texas, playing a series of shows around the Austin area. I sat down with the band’s vocalist/banjo player, known only as Ringo, vocalists/guitarist Josh James, and […]

Live Review: Reptar & Hello Ocho @ Star Bar – Atlanta, GA – 2/17/11

Live Review: Reptar & Hello Ocho @ Star Bar – Atlanta, GA – 2/17/11

I am not sure what I expect every time I attend a show in the indie scene because the crowd never changes. Kids running around with fake IDs in their pockets while relishing their parents’ absence, local scenesters ten years their senior taking advantage of a free show, and a few well-dressed guys that heard […]

Live Review: Lucha VaVOOM – The Mayan Theatre, LA – 10/28/10

Live Review: Lucha VaVOOM – The Mayan Theatre, LA – 10/28/10

“Don’t get hit in the head with a chair” and “Be sure to say your prayers before you go to bed tonight” are the only words of advice I am offered before I venture up the traffic infested 5 freeway to see Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan Theatre in LA. I don’t quite know what […]

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day Two As the second night of America’s premier annual roots music festival, The Ponderosa Stomp, kicks off at the House of Blues in New Orleans, I am excited by two things. First is the Stomp’s line-up itself. While Day One focused strongly on Cajun, […]

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

By Luke Winkie (photos by Annie Fichtner) Sharon Jones might be the hardest working woman in showbiz, until you see the party-dressed, 50+ singer prowl back and forth across the front of the stage making eye contact with everyone she could see. With the well-dressed Dap-Kings blasting out some of the pulpiest notes in soul, […]

Concert Review: Band of Horses – Greek Theater, LA, 9-25-10

Concert Review: Band of Horses – Greek Theater, LA, 9-25-10

It’s been a year since the last Band of Horses show I attended. Here’s what changed: 1. I was standing in the pit at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood as opposed to standing room only against the back wall of the balcony section in a jenky theatre. 2. I had a guest pass and a […]

The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy

The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day One Some festivals are driven by the tastes of fans, other by the designs of the music industry. New Orleans’ Ponderosa Stomp is unique in being driven by the history of American popular music itself. The Stomp is a festival with a mission: to […]

Live Review: Morgan Taylor’s Gustafer Yellowgold – Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta, GA, 9-26-10

Live Review: Morgan Taylor’s Gustafer Yellowgold – Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta, GA, 9-26-10

Within the intimate confines of Eddie’s Attic, a packed crowd of pre-teens and their parents sat mesmerized. The object of their fascination? A man on stage strumming an acoustic guitar, standing next to a large, white-light-rimmed screen splashed with the colorfully animated main attraction, known as Gustafer Yellowgold. This is alt-rock for the K-4 set, […]

Concert Review: Imogen Heap @ Humphreys by the Bay (San Diego, CA) June 20, 2010

Concert Review: Imogen Heap @ Humphreys by the Bay (San Diego, CA) June 20, 2010

So when it comes to “favorites,” I’m generally like a child—whatever I love now is my CAN’T-GET-ENOUGH-EVER-FAVORITE!!!! thing. However, there have been some favorites that have been unwaveringly on my list for so long that they’ve built up enough credibility to be considered Actual Favorites, as opposed to Now Favorites. I know…complicated. I wouldn’t say […]

Mary Gauthier at Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA – 6/25/10

Mary Gauthier at Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA – 6/25/10

Mary Gauthier (pronounced go-SHAY) has said that the best nights on stage involve losing herself in her songs, reaching that transcendent moment when she and the audience become one. This certainly happened at her show on Friday at Eddie’s Attic, when — with the crowd’s affirmation — she changed the final line in her song […]

So The Tallest Man on Earth isn’t super tall.

So The Tallest Man on Earth isn’t super tall.

How many times a day do you think he hears that? But it’s cool…some jokes are overused because they’re funny every time (this actually might NOT be one of those times, but I’m going to stick with it). I spend last evening at UCSD’s The Loft, checking out The Tallest Man on Earth. I showed […]

Coachella…always legendary…

Coachella…always legendary…

Coachella…always legendary…always memorable…always for different reasons. This year was my fourth at Coachella, and it was notably the-same-but-not-at-all-the same for one main reason: it was so, so packed. The festival is always busy, but this year, with the removal of the one day pass (which meant that every attendee had to purchase the full three […]