Warren Zanes is a masterful storyteller. In a delightful concert in this wonderful performance space Outpost In the Burbs located in Montclair, New Jersey, Zanes thrilled the audience with his unique blend of melody and pop. Solo on the acoustic guitar, Zanes music is melodic with poignant lyric twists. In a career stretching back to the 80’s in Boston, Zanes aura fills the atmosphere with a warm sense of being.
Phil and Dave Alvin bring a cool sensibility to roots music. Masters of the road, the two brothers add a mastery to what has been termed roots music.
Dead Rock West brings a unique sensibility to music. With their lush harmonies and deft interaction, the LA duo consisting of Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen layer a roots sensibility over a driving rock edge.
In his performance at Outpost In the Burbs John Doe mused on the 2016 election. Speaking before playing New World, Doe compared this election to Italian politics. Citing the absurd nature of this election season, Doe called it all a joke. And the song New World aptly portrays this point of view. Informing the audience that the song is told from the point of view of a wino who can’t go to drink at six in the morning because there was a presidential election, it underscores the futile nature of American democracy.
By the Light continues in the tradition of John Doe exploring the dimensions of the lonely romantic outcast. Conjuring up vast images of the desert landscape, one sees the glow of the moonlight stretching over the destert terrain as a solitary individual communes with his spiritual nature.
Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West is as authentic as you get. Her range covers soulful ballads to belted out rock anthems. Whether playing with her group Dead Rock West or touring with John Doe, Cindy Wasserman is a must see.
Travis Good of the sadies gives all everytime no matter what the venue…another scene in brooklyn this time the hill country….electric energy synergyizing the gentrified environment
was able to see john doe at the grand victory in brooklyn solo….the bar was closing the very next night and it was hot and it was brooklyn and there were hippie and despite all that John doe kept it so real you wouldn’t even notice because he does it effortlessly…
Took the L out to hipster land after a night drinking…I went to see Frightened Rabbit at Rough Trade…managed to catch their sound check…and then two sets…the band is cool, especially if you have been drinking which also happens to be one of the bands big themes. That and pain. Their melody invokes introspection. And survival at any cost.
A Videopoem constructed from iPhone footage, files stored on Dropbox, iCloud, utilzing Adobe Mobile Apps, so constructing montages made on Adobe Premiere Clip, uploaded to Creative Cloud, and then finished on Adobe Premeire and returning to images shot several years ago…with an underlying theme of the self’s relationship to landscape and memory…