December 8, 1995 |
At the Coach House Tuesday night, Son Volt managed to turn dreary subject matter into captivating entertainment, despite Jay Farrar's thin, monotonous vocals and an overall stage presence so unassuming that when bassist Jim Boquist said, "Here's another one off of 'Trace' (the band's debut CD)," it was a major break through in communication.
February 27, 1993 |
Uncle Tupelo and Freedy Johnston, two acts on a lot of pop music insiders' people-to-watch lists, showed their stuff at Bogart's on Thursday. While neither seemed to be the kind of act likely to change your life, it was easy to see why each has inspired so much affection. If a young Gary Cooper had rocked, he probably would have been a lot like Jay Farrar, singer-guitarist of Uncle Tupelo, a St. Louis trio recently signed to Warner Bros. Records.
October 22, 2009 |
Nearly half a century after its debut, Jack Kerouac's "Big Sur" is getting its due. By the time he published the book in 1962, Kerouac was already lost in the alcoholism that killed him seven years later at age 47. Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of his death. The reviews of Kerouac's last major novel -- a wrenching, thinly veiled account of his failed efforts to stop drinking -- certainly didn't help his crumbling state of mind. "What can a beat do when he is too old to go on the road?
May 8, 1997
Country star George Strait's "Carrying Your Love With Me" was the nation's top-selling album last week, replacing MCA label-mate Mary J. Blige's "Share My World" at the top of the chart. Strait's album, which debuted at No. 2 behind the Blige record on last week's chart, sold nearly 179,000 copies to leapfrog into the No. 1 position, according to SoundScan. "Share My World," meanwhile, dropped to second place after selling about 153,000 copies.
May 1, 1997
Mary J. Blige's "Share My World" was the nation's best-selling album last week, ending a four-week run at No. 1 by the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death." In its first week in the stores, Blige's album sold an estimated 240,000 copies, according to SoundScan. George Strait's "Carrying Your Love With Me" finished second in its debut week on the charts. The top single continues to be the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize."
March 9, 1996 |
Putting 15 musicians on one bus for a national tour is asking for trouble, but the Hightone Records-sponsored "Roadhouse Revival Tour" is doing all right as it nears its conclusion this weekend. There's only been one breakdown, approaching Seattle earlier this week, and no major tantrums. "Everybody respects everybody else's work to a lesser or greater extent," says Dave Alvin, the roots-rock patriarch who's headlining the package.