Did anyone believe that the decadent clan known as The Dandy Warhols would be around two decades after their formation in Portland, Ore.? Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor will be the first to say, "No way."
So great and vast was the singer-songwriter revolution of the 1960s that we take for granted the long, steadily productive careers of many of its practitioners. That is the case with Chris Smither, who has put out 16 studio-recorded albums since 1970’s I’m a Stranger Too!
The Jam/Style Council frontman had a potent run with his former bands before going the solo route with his jazzy eponymous 1992 album, and his subsequent 20-plus-year stint under his own name has been illustrious in its own right, both critically and commercially.
MOTR Pub, in addition to bringing in up-and-coming musicians, has presented a fair number of beloved veteran cult figures (some pretty eccentric) to town. Jon Langford, Tav Falco, Kid Congo Powers, Charlie Parr come immediately to mind. Now comes the fairest of all — Jad Fair.
Guitarist/vocalist Becky Black plays with
my-fist-your-face intensity and sings with a Rock-blackened rasp that
reinforces her physical swagger, while drummer Maya Miller keeps the
frenetic beat with the unhinged energy of an amphetamine-soaked octopus.
Virginia native Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru
Ishibashi) is an ace violinist who’s lent his talents to Regina Spektor,
of Montreal and Sondre Lerche. He’s also a founding member of Electro
Pop outfit Jupiter One, but more recently he has stepped out as a solo
As interest in Reggae-flavored Punk rose
exponentially in the mid-’90s, Sublime’s Brad Nowell went out on a
sturdy limb and founded Skunk Records in order to find and nurture bands
that mined a similarly groovy vein. One of Nowell’s signings was Slightly