Archive for the ‘Concert Reviews’ Category

The Sweet Sounds of Jameson: Aug. 13 at the Gypsy Lounge

The Sweet Sounds of Jameson: Aug. 13 at the Gypsy Lounge

When you walk in to a dark bar and see a stage with a Matchless Amplifier, a beautiful guitar, a microphone and a stool with a shot of whiskey and a beer you know you are in for a good night. This is the arsenal of Jameson as a solo act. Orange County, California’s local […]

The Handsome Family at Spaceland, Los Angeles. July 25th, 2009

The Handsome Family at Spaceland, Los Angeles. July 25th, 2009

“Come for the music, stay for the awkward jokes…” should have been the premise of this show. The opening act, a man named Daniel Knox, was a Richard Swift knockoff that could not pull off the avant-garde moniker; he was much too unsettled for me to watch. He stressed me out, so I chose to […]



April 25th, April 26th Indio, Ca. Kenney Chesney Kid Rock Little Big Town Miranda Lambert Earl Scruggs Lady Antebellum Jerry Jeff Walker Ralph Stanley Kevin Costner & Modern West Zac Brown Band + 26 others Deep in California’s armpit lies the hot and uninviting town of Indio, host city of  Stagecoach, California’s largest country music […]

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit w/ Justin Townes Earle – Sticky Fingerz, Little Rock, AR

The sign above the door just read “Wed – Jason Isbell,” but I gotta admit as much as I was looking forward to hearing what Isbell’s new band could do live, I was more excited about catching a Justin Townes Earle show. I wasn’t alone, as I noticed some people that knew every song he […]

AA Bondy

AA Bondy

My musical taste buds have been watering quite some time for the likes of one such as A.A. Bondy; with a down-home heart break vibe that resonates to the marrow of my very bones and lyrics that fuse simple truths and quandaries of soul-searching ins and outs. I must have listened to his newest release, […]

Jewel San Manuel Casino

Never before have I seen the snaggle-toothed queen of hippie-folk-pop-(and now country) perform live, but alas the smoke filled San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decided to accommodate as many Southern California fans as would come when they showcased a performance by Jewel last Thursday. Prior to the show I was not quite sure how […]

David Bazan – Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA

by Jason Jones As a devoted fan of David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones), I made the trip out to Pasadena on a Saturday night, just me and my Honda Accord. It had been awhile since I had gone solo to a show so I was a little hesitant at first, but the intimate setting […]

Southern Culture on the Skids with Mad Tea Party – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

by Joseph Scott I hate ukuleles. You see, as a mandolin player many has been the time when I have had the poorly-informed but well-intentioned praise me for my ukulele playing. SO it was with great foreboding that I watched the quirky “ukabilly” duo Mad Tea Party take the stage in support of Southern Culture […]

Reverend Horton Heat with Nashville Pussy and Reckless Kelly – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

by Joseph Scott They all looked like Sarah Palin. That’s the first thing I noticed at the Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Reckless Kelly show at Asheville’s venerable Orange Peel wednesday night. All the psychobilly girls there to see the show looked like tatted up, heavily pierced Sarah Palins. The hair. The glasses. The social […]

Drive-By Truckers & Hold Steady – Terminal 5, New York, NY

by Brad Tucker The Rock and Roll Means Well tour made its way through New York City on an extended stay this weekend. The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers co-headlined two shows at Terminal 5 in Manhattan. Two sets of relatively disparate fans showed up for each show, and mutual respect was in the air. […]

The Watson Twins – Duke University, Durham, NC

by Daniel Bayer November 1, 2008 – Duke University, Durham, NC One of the things I like most about going to see a musician I’ve heard of is the possibility of being impressed by the previously-unknown-to-me opening act (Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought that Living Color blew the Rolling Stones off the stage […]

Billy Bragg – Duke University, Durham, NC

by Daniel Bayer November 1, 2008 – Duke University, Durham, NC “I love this folk music shit, don’t you?” asked British left-wing singer/songwriter Billy Bragg before launching into another one of his Curtis Mayfield-meets-Joe Strummer guitar riffs. Unaccompanied by anything other than humorous monologues about U.S. foreign policy, the Clash, American football and the election, […]

Revival Tour (Frontman of Against Me!, Avail, Hot Water Music, and Lucero) – The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA

by Jason Estopinal November 1, 2008 – The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA Lined up like a row of raw unshucked corn, punk/folk/Americana pillars Tim Barry (Avail), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music, Rumbleseat), Ben Nichols (Lucero), and Tom Gabel (Against Me!) crowded the stage to a sold out audience of foot stompin’ fist pumpers. More […]

BEN KWELLER – San Francisco, CA

by Jody Mason Ben Kweller Takes on San Francisco Ben Kweller returned to his place of birth Sunday, October 5, to play the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. The 27-year old drew a huge audience of all ages with fiery, Dylan-esque songs like “Fight” and “This is War”, stomping with the beat […]