In Dave Alvin's world, you're either burning up the highway miles en route to the next show or back home in California trying to figure out which band to take on tour this time next year. The celebrated roots-rocker likes to mix it up on the road.
Swedes Peter Bjorn and John are the Euro version of Peter, Paul and Mary, with two great distinctions: They have good songs and are savagely non-irritating. But their appeal rests in the fact that they sound foreign to American ears, which often expect music to change our lives or make us want to get up and break something.
Jenny Scheinman has an unusual background to be opening Tuesday at the Southgate House for The Flatlanders, the trio of veteran Texas singer-songwriters. Yes, she does have her own Americana-influenced singer/songwriter album, but she also has five instrumental albums featuring her on violin.
When Tony Dekker debuted Great Lake Swimmers six years ago, comparisons to the exquisite chamber Folk of Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Neil Young seemed inevitable. Dekker channeled the expansive desolation of his soul into his eponymous GLS album by way of his whispery vocals, sparse accompaniment and unique studio environment.
CincyPunk Fest organizer Adam Rosing has a number of reasons for booking what has become one of the area's most anticipated Punk-and-whatever events. "I do it every year because it's a great time and it's a chance to get everyone together." For CincyPunk Fest VIII, the audience will also have the opportunity to catch up with bands they haven't seen in years: Spodie, Pincushion and Saturday Supercade.
If anyone ever makes a movie of Paul Thorn's life, they may have to leave out some of the details just to make it believable. Just after his birth in Wisconsin, his Pentecostal preacher father moved the family to Tupelo, Miss., famed birthplace of Elvis Presley.
Keeping up with today's popular music performers is like walking past a funhouse mirror. For every favorite culture or literary hero you or anyone else is liable to have had, real or fictional, there's probably a contemporary Rock act appropriating the name.
Already formed and broken up once by 1982, The Queers began to grab headlines with the reemergence of perennial frontman Joe Queer in 1990. Queer would be the consistent nucleus of a band whose roster was a haphazard game of musical chairs; roughly 30 members since 1982 have been a Queer. Twenty five years later, the band still shows no signs of stopping, with an upcoming CD release slated for 2009 and a tour that included a stint at South By Southwest in Texas.