Shinyribs at Lafayette Brewing Company

October 21, 2016

Richard Fudge, the president of Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, thinks Shinyribs might be the best live band on Earth. After Shinyribs’ concert at Lafayette Brewing Co. Thursday, I don’t feel much like arguing with Richard. The show was astounding. They certainly rank with Trombone Shorty and Gogol Bordello, my other favorite […]

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Photos: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

October 2, 2016

I’ve been a Sarah Borges fan for almost 10 years. I reviewed “Diamonds in the Dark” when it came out in 2007, and I love the album now as much as I did then. Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative, I finally got a chance to see the band. Great, great […]

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Photos: Dow Jones and the Industrials reunion show at the Spot Tavern in Lafayette

September 16, 2016

I rushed out of my evening seminars to catch Dow Jones and the Industrials’ reunion show at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette. I needn’t have worried. They started the show an hour and a half late. It was worth the wait, though. The Lafayette punk icons were sharp. Chris Clark, the bassist, and I go […]

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Dale Watson at The Continental Club

September 6, 2016

Before his set Monday at The Continental Club in Austin, Dale Watson worked his way through the crowd, pausing to chat with friends, old and new. On stage, he’d stop playing for a moment if he saw someone posing for a shot in front of the stage and photobomb them. There aren’t many musicians who […]

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Redd Volkaert at the Continental Club

September 4, 2016

I try to see Redd Volkaert at The Continental Club whenever I’m in Austin. There are few things I’d rather do on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photos: J.B. Beverley at People’s Brewing Co.

August 10, 2016

My relatives are from the mountains of north Georgia, but I spent my formative years looking out my bedroom window at the Appalachians in southwestern Virginia, not far from where J.B. Beverley grew up. The mountain air whisked the same old-time music – bluegrass, country and gospel (especially gospel) – straight into our souls. Beverley, […]

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Photos: The Dead Batteries in Lafayette

July 26, 2016

The Dead Batteries, a rock and blues band in the Lafayette area, are always fun. Great show at People’s Brewing.

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Photos: The Snyders at Purdue Summer Concert Series

July 20, 2016

Nice show by The Snyders, a blues-oriented family band, at the Purdue Memorial Union today. The band features Denny Snyder on guitar and vocals, Lorrie Snyder on bass and vocals, and Philip Snyder on drums.

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Photos: Ford Theatre Reunion at People’s Brewing

July 5, 2016

Ford Theatre Reunion will shake your bones and rattle your soul. The band from Lexington, Kentucky, is certainly a lot of fun. They remind me a bit of Gogol Bordello (my favorite live act) filtered through the South rather than Europe. Ford Theatre Reunion’s set was one of my favorite shows at People’s Brewing, which […]

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Photos: The Matchsellers

June 14, 2016

Nice set by The Matchsellers, a bluegrass-oriented duo featuring Julie Bates and Andrew Morris, at People’s Brewing Co. in Lafayette tonight. Fun set by Stephen Lee, too.

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Photos: Rick Barton and Continental

June 7, 2016

I closed my eyes for a moment tonight as I listened to Rick Barton and Continental and my mind wandered back to all the great rock ‘n’ roll shows I heard in the ’70s and ’80s. Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, David Bowie, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen … even The Ramones. Don’t get me wrong, Continental […]

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