Adeline Hotel Delivers Uniquely Brilliant Americana Record with It’s Alright, Just the Same

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The first line of Adeline Hotel’s newest release, It’s Alright, Just the Same is a roundabout expression of devotion. “I’ve got time of yours to waste,” Daniel Knishkowy sings, “you don’t know it yet but just you wait.” The track, called “Oh Well,” is a tender ballad with a two-minute ending which I consider to be the true start to … Continue reading Adeline Hotel Delivers Uniquely Brilliant Americana Record with It’s Alright, Just the Same

Fade Away with Don Vail

Not to be mistaken for the Kanye West album that never was, Fades is the second release from Ontario-based indie rock band Don Vail. The band is comprised of Broken Social Scene alums Bill Priddle and Mitch Bowden; David Dunham, who worked with Bowden in the early ‘00s group Chore; as well as Bob Wilcox, Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star), Kori Pop, and Luke Bentham … Continue reading Fade Away with Don Vail

A Holy Saturday Evening with Joanna Newsom

Two Saturdays ago I had what felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Joanna Newsom live in concert. I bought a ticket somewhat late but because I only needed one, I was assigned the first available seat—I was not prepared for exactly how perfect a seat it was.  The night of the show, I was conflicted. It was a friend’s birthday, and I wanted to … Continue reading A Holy Saturday Evening with Joanna Newsom

Marlon Williams and KaiL Baxley Provided a Bluegrass Fix at the Bootleg

Wednesday night at the Bootleg was what I’d call their de facto bluegrass night featuring international rising star Marlon Williams and KaiL Baxley as his support. Bluegrass is a genre built on tradition, passing the warmth of its music down through the generations. According to the history books (and Wikipedia) this was a genre begun in the Appalachian region of the US in the 18th … Continue reading Marlon Williams and KaiL Baxley Provided a Bluegrass Fix at the Bootleg

Saintseneca Command Silence With Des Ark at the Echo

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photography by Manuel Dominguez. An echo is a sound that reverberates and returns to the original sound-maker. Like when skipping stones, if the initial force isn’t strong enough, then the result will always be a disappointment. In a way, this can be the case at the Echo Park venue, The Echo; loudness is typically a necessity. On … Continue reading Saintseneca Command Silence With Des Ark at the Echo

INTERVIEW: BAIO

Originally appeared on Thrillcall. You may know BAIO as one of the two Chrises of Vampire Weekend (BAIO plays bass). You also probably know some of his actor cousins, Scott Baio (Happy Days) or Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Reservoir Dogs). But when he began writing his newest LP, The Names, which was released last September, he wanted to set himself apart. Read our interview below to … Continue reading INTERVIEW: BAIO

Ty Segall Goes Back to the Womb Saturday Night at the Teragram Ballroom

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Manuel Dominguez. How many times has Ty Segall reinvented himself? This is a man who can churn out albums like no one I’ve seen before, and every time it’s a new  experience altogether. His band always varies, and with his newest album Emotional Mugger out now, he has embarked on his tour with “The Muggers.” … Continue reading Ty Segall Goes Back to the Womb Saturday Night at the Teragram Ballroom

Bells Atlas, Pegasus Warning, and Mark de Clive-Lowe

Originally appeared on the Music Court. Last Friday, June 26th, was a big day. Yesterday I dedicated a medley to the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, but with that my day was only just getting started. That night, I also saw Bells Atlas give a life-affirming performance at the Lyric Theater. The warm up act was something to behold. At times, I wanted … Continue reading Bells Atlas, Pegasus Warning, and Mark de Clive-Lowe