If there’s a commemorative tablet
somewhere inscribed with the names of the most unlikely people to be
drawn into the Grateful Dead’s musical universe, Jackie Greene should be
chiseled on it along with Pop/Jazz pianist Bruce Hornsby and former
Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick.
Bulat's latest album, Tall Tall Shadow, has fans and critics alike buzzing with excitement, from the
album’s dynamic range of more energetic, Rock-tinged arrangements and
heart-rending quietude to Bulat’s powerful yet vulnerable voice, an
effective blend of Tracy Chapman and Florence Welch, to lyrics that are
slightly more enigmatic and less narrative than her previous releases.
There are few better examples of the
injustice of the term “one-hit wonder” than Freedy Johnston. Although he
fits the description with his lone hit single, 1994’s “Bad Reputation,”
his output before and after his one ubiquitous smash has been every bit
as deserving of commercial acceptance.
Hailing from the wilds of Idaho and now
based in the teeming weirdness of Portland, Ore., identical twins
Katelyn and Laurie Shook comprise half of the Shook Twins, their
truthfully billed acoustic Folk outfit.
One spin through O’ Be Joyful
provides plenty of evidence as to what keeps drawing the faithful and
converting the uninitiated. Ranging from twangy Folk to amped-up Country
to full-bore Americana stomp, Shovels & Rope channel John Doe and
Exene Cervenka channeling Timbuk 3 channeling Johnny Cash and June
City Balladeers will celebrate their impressive history with a special
free concert this Saturday, the critically acclaimed road documentary about Indie Rock stars The
National gets its local premiere, Smartfish Studio & Sustainable Supply becomes Rock Paper Scissors.
In a little less than two years, Ryan
Spencer and Adam Pressley have gone from a potential career disaster to
having one of the most acclaimed albums of the year in the form of Wormfood, their debut as Jamaican Queens.