JOY SUBTRACTION (CD RELEASE) @ HI-DIVE
See Also: Profile: Joy Subtraction, 8/2/12
What we've found is that most people hate the name," says Joy Subtraction's singer and guitarist, Abe Brennan of his band's humorous moniker, adding, "but we hate most people, so it ends up working out." Drummer Brian Polk interjects, "We had a huge argument what to call the band. I wanted to call it The Devil in Spanish and then have our first album called El Diablo Inglés. But I got outvoted in favor of Joy Subtraction. Then I said, 'Okay, as long as we call our first album Hate Will Keep Us Together.' But we called it The Essential Joy Subtraction." (Continue reading full profile)
MY MORNING JACKET @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
See Also: Q&A with Jim James of My Morning Jacket
Having formed in the late '90s, Louisville, Kentucky's My Morning Jacket has continued to evolve over the course of six studio albums. At the same time, the band has managed to hang on to of that reverb-drenched magnetism that fueled the first two albums -- 1999's The Tennessee Fire and 2001's At Dawn. With last year's Circuital, the band proved that it was trying something different, especially on the very un-metal-sounding "Holdin' On to Black Metal," which employs a loop of a Thai pop song from the '60s, and the Beach Boys-inspired "Outta My System."
RORY BLOCK @ SWALLOW HILL MUSIC HALL Rory Block was fortunate to be at the epicenter of the roots music explosion of the late '50s and early '60s as a child in Greenwich Village. Block rubbed shoulders not just with Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, but also the still-living blues masters of the day, including Son House, Reverend Gary Davis and "Mississippi" Fred McDowell. Some of that blues soul was obviously infused into Block's own spirit at a young age, because she went on to be one of the most talented blues musicians of her generation. But rather than go the rock route, as so many did, Block stuck to the original art form and, in so many ways, she has held on to her integrity as a true modern master of that music.
HAYES CARLL @ CHAUTAUQUA AUDITORIUM Raised outside Houston, tutored by Ray Wylie Hubbard and now one of the most reliable of the unwashed, uncouth but undeniably talented post-Jerry Jeff Walker singer-songwriters, Hayes Carll has built a career the honky-tonk troubadour way. He tours doggedly and writes songs born from the hillbilly highway, songs full of Texas swing and one-night stands (even when falling down), blasphemous songs about Jesus (who stole his girl) and tirades about the war in Afghanistan ("KMAG YOYO," a.k.a. "Kiss My Ass Guys, You're on Your Own"). His heart may leave him in the wrong places, but his love songs ("Beaumont," especially) are beginning to stand the test of time.
WILLIS ALAN RAMSEY @ THE SOILED DOVE UNDERGROUND Back in 1972, Willis Alan Ramsey released his sole album, a self-titled release that impressed the likes of Lyle Lovett, Waylon Jennings and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Ramsey's songs have been covered by an array of rock and country performers, so it's still shocking to realize that Ramsey never followed up with a sophomore effort. But not only did he not record another album, the former Dallas resident also high-tailed it to Britain in order to study music. And even after four decades, the songs from his debut still resonate with the country and folk crowd. Ramsey has hinted at finally recording a new record, but that might actually put a dent in the legend surrounding his first one.
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