Kyle Morton circa the solemn 1930s (B&W). Photo (c) Jeremy Paul Hernandez. Rough Trade NYC, New York, NY. Fri. 1-20-17, Doors 8p, Show 9p. $15.Cafe 393, Boston, MA. Sat. 01-21-17, Doors 7:30p, Show 8p. SOLD OUT. In case you were unaware, we are obsessed with Typhoon. You might want to read our review of their debut full-length White Lighter from 2013 – one of two 5 / 5’s on this little blog (the other belonging to Deer Tick). It’s a brilliant album, we can safely say. So when we saw Kyle Morton’s solo tour, the same Mr. Morton who is primary songwriter and singer forRead More →

We’d been keeping on top of Unknown Mortal Orchestra since their sophomore full-length, cleverly titled “II.” We were initially on the fence as to whether we wanted to catch the Portland, Oregonian foursome – mostly because we’d just come off the Newport Folk Festival the previous weekend. But we admit: we had a good time of it at Fete in Providence. Yes indeedy. So, obviously the UMO played some cuts off their latest jam, Multi-Love. No surprise there. But what we enjoyed about this performance were two things: how adaptable their songs were. Yes, as enjoyable as listening to Multi-Love is (and it’s certainly enjoyable), weRead More →

As with most good things, the vast majority of good things, it started with a violin. The last time we’d caught Andrew Bird was ages ago, at a Newport Folk Festival. So yes, it’s been a while. While our memory of him had somewhat diminished, distorted, become part and parcel of some of our “musician stories” – musician anecdote #134, specifically – those initial memories of Mr. Bird had been fairly fond. “Fairly fond,” you say? Initially. But we were wrong. Horribly wrong. Because, as with almost all good things, it started with a violin. Andrew Bird is a musician more talented than we’d initiallyRead More →

(L to R, c Julia Markowitz: Tim Kim, Tim Wilson, Pete Wilson, Ryan Carbary) They’re not just blindly and uplifting, nor depressing and goth, and sport a mean maraca. Leading with “I Was Born to Love Her” off their latest EP, Fathers Be Kind, acoustic quartet Ivan and Alyosha settled into the somewhat compact stage at Great Scott in Allston. Intimate, though tight, the venue proved ideal for harmonies, handclapping, and hushed melodies; also ideal for trying out a handful of new songs on the crowd. While we don’t have a recording – and you’re certainly going to have to wait until their debut LPRead More →