When My Morning Jacket play live, they tend to come off as an elemental force. They play three hours, paradoxically leaving you wanting more and leaving you absolutely spent. MMJ gives everything live, but also requires a lot of you, pulling you through blissed-out calms into twisting, peaking jams ... More >>
Bright Eyes/Superchunk/WILD FLAG Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, March 8 Better Than: Oh, come on. I'm not making a Roseland Ballroom joke. We need to talk about Nate Walcott. You long ago made up your mind about Conor Oberst, and if you've never found in-house producer/utility man Mike Mogis' wa ... More >>
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
For a band with such a wonderful sense of the moment, and such a savvy instinct for artistic fellow travelers--be they Jay-Z, the Dirty Projectors, or Ringo Starr--the Roots sure do make crushingly boring singles. This one, which goes in over Monsters of Folk's "Dear God"--perhaps the most randoml ... More >>
Not New York, but you get the idea. Liturgy, Rwake, and Shrinebuilder Le Poisson Rouge Sunday, November 15 Sunday night at Le Poisson Rouge featured a three-band lineup (Liturgy, Rwake, and Shrinebuilder), capping the third and final night of the newborn Blackened Weekend Music Festival. In turn, ... More >>
Here be monstersIt seems that even people you'd think would hate that Monsters of Folk record warmed to it -- more monster, less folk, I guess. The M. Ward/Conor Oberst/Jim James/less famous dude partnership hits United Palace Theatre tonight and the Beacon Theatre Sunday.