Named after a Minneapolis street dotted with dive bars, this ridiculously infectious boy-girl-boy-girl quartet toiled in obscurity for nearly a decade before pulling in more than a million views of its minimalist YouTube cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” A Manhattan show spun off from the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” earned…More
Rufus Wainwright, ‘Live from the Artists Den’ (Artists Den Records/UMe)
This live recording, available on both CD and Blu-ray, presents singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s poignant, memorable performance of May 17, 2012, first broadcast on the PBS show “Live from the Artists Den.”
Wainwright selected a wonderfully atmospheric setting for the concert; Manhattan’s beautiful Church of the Ascension. The set list draws from his own catalogue and that of his late mother’s, folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
In fact, Wainwright conjures up his mother’s memory in the opening song, “Candles” (from his 2012 album “Out of the Night”), a heartstring-pulling number about trying to find just the right place to light a candle in his mother’s memory. Later in the set he performs “On My Way to Town,” a song his mother wrote with her sister, Anna, which features a gentle piano accompaniment. You can hear him whispering “Thank you, mom,” at the song’s end.More
“I’m spilling my guts up here and you guys won’t shut up.”
So went one of several tense exchanges between Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek and his audience Friday at The Neptune Theatre.
In contrast to the delicate, vulnerable nature of his songwriting, the San Francisco singer-guitarist’s disposition can be ornery, even caustic.
Friday, however, his ire was warranted.
Before he even played a note, Kozelek was fighting an uphill battle. The venue staff was asleep at the switch, unresponsive to his pleas for more light onstage and more reverb on his nylon-stringed guitar.
Misreading his frustration as contempt, some showgoers started heckling Kozelek, casting a pall of negativity over a night meant to celebrate the 47-year-old artist’s current renaissance.More
Seattle’s refreshingly earnest neo-folkies The Head and the Heart continue to rock the world with their recent album, “Let’s Be Still,” as they’ve been anything but, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and confirming a slot at this year’s Coachella festival. They’re back home for two nights, with Rose Windows and La Luz opening Friday and the…More
Organizers of this year’s Wintergrass, the annual bluegrass-music festival hosted in Bellevue, chose “The Power of Interaction and Collaboration” as their theme.
In that spirit, they formed a special band — members include former Prairie Home Companion music director Peter Ostroushko and Pearl Django member David Lange — and will offer workshops on collaboration.More
“I think it takes until middle age before you’re interested in your ancestry,” says singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, 58, who has had 11 No. 1 country singles and also happens to be the daughter of the late Johnny Cash. “I thought my connection to the South was just a footnote.”
That was before Cash and her husband (and producer) John Leventhal and her 13-year-old son took a road trip to the South.More
“Benji,” the devastating new LP from Sun Kil Moon — the pen name of San Francisco’s Mark Kozelek — is an early album-of-the-year contender, and a bold addition to a first-rate catalog. The singer-guitarist plays Seattle’s Neptune Friday — read Soundposts’ preview here.
Kozelek doesn’t grant interviews often, but graciously spoke via email about subjects including songwriting, concert etiquette and the recording process.More
For three decades, Mark Kozelek — who headlines The Neptune Friday — has recorded and performed under his own name, and the aliases Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.
The Ohio-born, San Francisco-based artist’s catalog is unique, beguiling and deep, from highlights like the Painters’ self-titled 1993 slowcore opus and the classic rock heroics of Sun Kil’s 2003 debut “Ghosts of the Great Highway” to oddities like whole albums of Modest Mouse and AC/DC covers.
In 2013 alone, he released four full-lengths, most notably a mellow, jazzy collaboration with the Bay Area instrumental rock trio Desertshore.
But “Benji,” his newest, trumps them all.More
The improbable pairing of two baby-boomer icons — Paul Simon and Sting — enthralled a capacity crowd at KeyArena Wednesday in what Simon affectionately called “our little experiment.”
Blending their respective bands and repertoires into a powerful evening of rock ’n’ roll infused with world rhythms, Simon and Sting took turns performing separate sets as well as stirring duets of each other’s most beloved songs. (See additional photos.)More
Surrounded by hundreds of friends, family and fans, Noah Gundersen looked out onto the Neptune Theatre crowd Saturday night and admitted something few artists will ever say: When he was scuffling, Gundersen couldn’t help but feel jealousy for those who had made it before him.
It’s not a pretty feeling, but like Gundersen’s powerful full-length debut, “Ledges,” the emotion was hard-earned and real. And now, entirely irrelevant.
Gundersen, 24, celebrated the release of “Ledges” with an intense set in front of a packed house notable for its youth and ardor. From the moment Gundersen opened the show with the mostly a cappella “Poor Man’s Son,” the show took on the feeling of religious revival meeting.More