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Jeff Daniels: Strum & Strummer

A-list actor uses musical talents to raise funds for his small-town theater

0 Comments · Monday, August 23, 2010
An elephant will be in the room Thursday when Jeff Daniels, the singer, songwriter and guitarist, performs at the Southgate House. That elephant is the simultaneous presence of Jeff Daniels, the acclaimed actor in such movies as Terms of Endearment, The Squid and the Whale, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Dumb & Dumber. Daniels, the musician, doesn’t try to pretend that his “other” career doesn’t exist. He performs Thursday at the Southgate House.  

Webb Wilder with Mic Harrison & the High Score

August 20 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Nearly three and a half decades ago, Webb Wilder and R.S. Field lit out of their native Hattiesburg, Miss., homesteads and headed for the bright lights and smoky bars of Austin, Tex, and nothing has been the same since. They bring their unique "Swampadelic" mix to Southgate House on Friday.  

Boris with Russian Circles

August 11 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
Make a car and the Japanese will find a way to improve it. Build an electronic device and the Japanese will find a way to make it smaller. Make a loud and dirty Rock noise and the Japanese will find a way to make it louder and dirtier and potentially lethal, which is precisely what Boris has done. They play at Southgate House Wednesday.  

Bill Kirchen

August 5 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, August 2, 2010
If it’s true that you’re known by the company you keep, Bill Kirchen is very well known. The Titan of the Telecaster, as he’s been rightfully tagged, keeps company with Elvis Costello, Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks and Commander Cody on his latest album, Word to the Wise. But, truth be told, those guests are probably more interested in keeping his company.  

Yo La Tengo

July 31 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Popular Songs is widely regarded as one of Yo La Tengo's best, with many of the band's originals being concise, melodic Rock songs with trenchantly observed lyrics that emerge from the textured soundscape. For example, on “Periodically Double or Triple,” Kaplan sings these words of wisdom: “Never read Proust, seems a little too long/Never used a hammer, without somehow using it wrong.” They play Saturday with Wussy at the Southgate House.  

Yo La Tengo Still Has It

A quarter century on, the legacy continues

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Yo La Tengo's recent album, Popular Songs, is widely regarded as one of the band’s best, with many of the Yo La Tengo originals being concise, melodic Rock songs with trenchantly observed lyrics that emerge from the textured soundscape. Yo La Tengo play Saturday at the Southgate House with Wussy.  

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs

June 23 • Southgate House (Parlour)

0 Comments · Monday, June 21, 2010
Some albums have a deep sonic spiritual streak that implies they were made in a church, but Holly Golightly's latest album, 'Medicine County,' flips the concept with an Americana album that isn't particularly spiritual but was made in a church.  

Jessica Lea Mayfield

May 28 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
For someone who won't be old enough to drink in the places she plays until the end of August, Jessica Lea Mayfield certainly has an impressive resume. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter was born in Kent, Ohio, into a musical family and started playing with her family's Bluegrass band at age 8. Her stock has risen steadily over the past two years, through great notices for 2008's 'With Blasphemy So Heartfelt' and high-profile opening slots for The Black Keys and Avett Brothers.  

Five-Sided History

After nearly 40 years, Pentagram remains a fascinating force in the Metal scene

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
Back in the early 1970s, when he was still just a teenager, Bobby Liebling (inspired by the work of UFO, Uriah Heep and Blue Cheer) founded the first iteration of Pentagram. The Metal community and the world in general have felt the ripples ever since. "It's totally surreal," he says, "but I love the fact that I'm not retro, I'm not Stoner Rock. I'm one of the dinosaurs that made it all the way through the Ice Age."   

Better Living Through Rebellion

Thee Silver Mt. Zion excavate Punk Rock on its own terms

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Since entering pop culture over three decades ago, Punk has become a muddled word with a small army of variations and sub-categories following in its wake. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra now further complicates things, as the hallmarks of its sound hold little relation to Punk. Still, Efrim Menuck links his band to the genre by way of its DIY sensibility.  

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