Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles was originally formed as a side
project so the original four members could take a break from their Rock
bands, but the exercise was comfortable and rewarding enough to warrant giving
up Rock and moving full-time to Bluegrass.
One need not be a fan of
Bluegrass to enjoy the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. They make music
for anyone who squirms giddily at the symphony or geeks out over complicated
arrangements and often ignored time signatures. The Flecktones are now touring in support of their
newest album, Life in Eleven, the first album to be recorded by the
original lineup since the ’90s.
To say that Blue October has taken a rocky road to stardom would be a bit of an understatement. Inarguably Blue’s most notable song, “Hate Me,” was
written as an apology for the hardships lead singer Justin Furstenfeld
put his mother through while addicted to drugs. Blue October’s two
latest albums were both spawned by Furstenfeld’s nasty divorce and
subsequent custody battle. There is no simple life, though, which is perhaps what draws so many people to Blue’s music.
Some musicians get jaded and cynical when they become mostly known for only a handful of songs that aren’t even necessarily the best examples of their work. When this happens, bands sometimes fall entirely on their most popular songs and use them as a crutch. Or they shy away from playing them at all.
Alison Krauss and Union Station may have earned their biggest media coverage and adde...
Remember when every single song played on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy suddenly became a hit? That’s how nearly everyone (stateside, at least) became infatuated with Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.”
The Irish/Scottish band might have formed 12 years earlier, but it took
“Chasing Cars” to earn them some well-deserved hype in the U.S. Pop/Rock
scene. Since finding their niche, they’ve received numerous accolades,
including a slew of Meteor Music Awards.
Don't stay in and watch NCIS tonight. Head to Covington's Molly Malone’s and check out David Wax Museum. The Museum is accurately self-described as “Mexo-Americana.” They draw much of their musical stylings from Mexican Son music. Son, which translates to “sound,” ...
sweetheart Alison Krauss and her band of pickin’, strumming and bowing
minstrels, Union Station, return this week to the Taft Theater. Krauss has been
on the music scene for more than 25 years. She drew a flurry of attention when
she was featured on the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and
again when she released an album of duets with Robert Plant. Krauss is more
than just a pretty face and enchanting voice. She’s also a champion fiddle
Twice a year the huddled masses gather at their favorite watering holes and bond over their shared ethnicity. Whether your ancestors came over in the Mayflower, through Ellis Island or in the back of a pick-up doesn’t matter. In March, everyone is Irish and, in May, we’re all Mexican.
When Cinco De Mayo rolls around and we’re all throwing back Cuervo, perhaps we’ll offe...
Sublime fans know: Everything changed in 1996. That was
the year the band’s frontman Bradley Nowell died. Since séances all over
the states haven’t succeeded in bringing Nowell back, fans can turn to Badfish. Badfish sounds a lot like the real thing, too; they’re
just lacking the creepy voice-clone guy at the mic. Badfish’s added
bonus: Their tickets are about half the price.
Long before Hank Williams Jr. was banned from Monday Night Football,
Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks ticked off the
entire Republican party, one musician has continually spoken out against
the unfair, the unquestioned and the un-American. That man is Charlie