Posts Tagged ‘the decemberists’

David Wax at Newport: Folk Festivals, Thunk About

Over the last couple of years, Boston roots-folk act The David Wax Museum has been a mainstay at group houses across Northwest. These house concerts afforded lodging and modest merch sales for Wax and Suz Slezak, his fiddle- and jawbone-playing compatriot. The parties, here and elsewhere, also consolidated a growing fan base that would elect the [...]

Arts Roundup: Live Music Returns to DC9 Edition

Morning, all. Hope you navigated your way through last night's snow okay. I'm sure some of you have the day off as a result. Whether you're off or whether you're working, hope your day's a good one.
TBD's Sarah Godfrey reports that DC9 will begin hosting concerts again in March. The club announced on Twitter that [...]

The District Sleeps Uneasy Tonight: The Builders and the Butchers @ Rock & Roll Hotel

It is an odd phenomenon that ex-punk rockers sometimes make great roots musicians. The Builders and the Butchers may not make pretty crossover folk pop like Ryan Adams or the Avett Brothers, but since frontman and erstwhile punk brat Ryan Sollee emerged from the cocoon of Portland’s folk scene, the Builders and the Butchers have [...]

The Best Kinda Sorta Folk Albums of 2009

It was a good year to be young and bearded. A good decade, really. The aughts kicked off with the release of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, whose soundtrack opened the eyes of at least one generation to the pleasures of underproduced plucking and simple melodies; and ended with three harbingers of the so-called "indie [...]

Photos: The Decemberists @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Here's what you need to know about The Decemberists playing The Hazards of Love in its entirety on their current tour: on prog-rock bulletin boards, folks are comparing this show to Genesis performing The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in the 1970s.
Hazards of Love sounds awfully proggy on record, and live it's got all the [...]

Record Review: The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love

The Decemberists’ new folk-rock opera, The Hazards of Love, traces a well-worn arc: Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy loses girl to spawnicidal rake, rake is besieged by ghosts of his murdered children, boy gets girl back, boy and girl drown in turbulent metaphorical river.
Like we’ve never heard that one before.

Heartless Bastards @ SXSW

On the way to Austin I listened to a George Carlin comedy album, not sure which one it was. "White people have no business playing the blues. They give people the blues, they have no business playing them," he said.
Carlin's words came back into my mind while watching Heartless Bastards perform at Stubbs Bar-B-Que. Surely [...]