What should I be doing instead of this?

The Sundresses, Sufjan Stevens, Shelby Lynne and Jimmy Eat World

0 Comments · Friday, October 29, 2010
It's difficult for me to retain any semblance of journalistic objectivity when it comes to The Sundresses. My first exposure to their special brand of madness was at my first South By Southwest in 2004, which happened to be the band’s first SXSW, as well, and only their eighth or ninth out of town gig at that point. In 45 sweat-soaked minutes, The Sundresses reordered my musical universe and won me over completely. Perhaps it's fitting then that the new Sundresses album, 'Sundresses Off,' is a live offering that showcases the band's performance gifts with the visceral wallop that can only be achieved in front of their amps.  

Shelby Lynne

Sept. 11 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Friday, September 3, 2010
Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne, whose rootsy and rockin' but melodic and confessional 2000 album 'I Am Shelby Lynne' became a classic of the Americana/AltCountry genre, is a bit worried about her latest release, 'Tears, Lies and Alibis.' She fears she’s going against the tide. "I really like air, and I like a song to breath. There's not a lot of that today."  

Roky Erickson, Apples in Stereo, Ozomatli, Shelby Lynne and Matt Pond PA

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Another week, another teetering pile of releases to consider. I've already run seriously short on time again for this posting due to accumulating deadlines and last-minute assignments from a variety of sources. Good for my bottom line, bad for my schedule. This week I'm checking out new CDs from Roky Erickson, Apples in Stereo, Ozomatli, Shelby Lynne, Sweet Apple and Matt Pond PA.