LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE DISTRICTS

There is a rawness that puts the ‘indie’ in indie rock.  I look for a certain grittiness both musically and lyrically; there must be more than just a stage presence—more of a stage attitude that binds audience with band, both locked in the passion for pure rock music. Sometimes, even for seasoned indie rockers, it…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ

While I can always find a bit of dancing—or at least some rhythmic toe tapping and finger pointing—at most concerts, the fans of Turkuaz showed up to the Exit/In ready to move.  Sneakers were the footwear of the evening, and it was clear the crowd was ready to get down with the nine-member funk band…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE NEW RESPECTS

The holidays are always a time of hope and optimism, even if the holiday is the not so traditional, like Nashville’s much-loved Festivus (a holiday inspired by the TV series Seinfeld).   Last Friday, Nashville indie-rock radio station Lightning 100 partnered with Marathon Music Works to raise money and collect donated toys for the Salvation Army…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: BLITZEN TRAPPER

While some might complain about going out on a “school night,” I argue that there is always something special about catching a Sunday night concert. Blitzen Trapper at the Exit/In last Sunday was no exception—the venue packed with true fans and lovers of music, the band feeding off the crowd’s energy. For the proof behind…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: LETTUCE in RALEIGH!

Lettuce continues to lead a groove funk revival with their evolved, 70s-infused acid jazz sound; camaraderie between bandmates flows out to the crowd through every note, creating a synchronicity with their fans.  The six-piece group was fresh off two sets at Suwannee Hulaween in Florida where they debuted several new songs, and it was apparent…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: MUTEMATH in PORTLAND!

Astounded.  That was the feeling when I left MUTEMATH’s recent show in Portland, Oregon. It has been a long time since I was truly surprised at the visual artistry of a performance, but these gentleman delivered nothing less than a stunner. I arrived at the Crystal Ballroom late, rushing through the traffic and the rain…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: GLOSSARY

If you’ve never heard of Glossary, you can be forgiven for it. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee-based band hasn’t played a show in quite a few years, but Glossary is probably a favorite band of several of your favorite Americana bands. John Moreland is a fan. Two Cow Garage. Austin Lucas. Lucero (with whom they even shared…