October 10, 1999 |
* * * FREAKWATER "End Time" Thrill Jockey If you were planning to make one of your 1999 album purchases a folk-country indie-minded delight such as Alison Krauss or Gillian Welch, redirect your attention to this veteran Chicago outfit. Krauss' recent "Forget About It" was surprisingly devoid of emotion, and Welch's follow-up to "Hell Among the Yearlings" won't be out until 2000.
May 12, 2003 |
Like many of the blues and folk originators to whom David Johansen paid homage during his concert Saturday at the Getty Center's Harold M. Williams Auditorium, the singer took repeated hits from a bottle kept at hand on a stool next to him. But this was different. Holding a dropper to his mouth, Johansen explained it was St. John's wort -- a botanical extract purported to cure, uh, the blues. A gag from "A Mighty Wind"?
October 16, 2006 |
This week one of California's most beloved rock music institutions will celebrate its 20th anniversary and, as always, the artists need only glance over their shoulders to the rear of the stage to see the true VIPs on hand. The 2006 edition of the Bridge School Benefit Concert will be Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, and don't think for a minute that it's not worth the trip to the Silicon Valley or digging out a scarf.
July 8, 1997 |
Mary Chapin Carpenter's country-pop albums have sold millions and earned her multiple Grammys, even as her music has maintained an intimate, folkie sensibility that would be at home in a hippie coffeehouse. Carpenter infused much of that intimacy into her performance Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre, dividing the nearly two-hour set between stripped-down solo acoustic turns and full-on rocking with her band.
June 15, 2001 |
Few movies in recent years have made music such an integral element as "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," Joel and Ethan Coen's twisted take on Homer's "The Odyssey" set in the Depression-era hard times of Mississippi in the 1930s. The old-time music is not merely an atmospheric backdrop to the action. Drawn from country, Delta blues, bluegrass, gospel and regional variations of these genres, it was put together by the Coen brothers and music producer T Bone Burnett before the film began shooting.
February 4, 2002 |
As cult heroes go, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar is pretty reliable. During his Knitting Factory performance Saturday, his current work proved cut from the same moody, bucolic cloth as the pioneering alt-country material he crafted with high school pal Jeff Tweedy in Uncle Tupelo and later as the leader of Son Volt. With Son Volt on indefinite hiatus, Farrar released his solo debut, "Sebastopol," last fall.