Chris Smither always manages to sound real on his records. Like he's living the songs he sings every day. In a sense, that's exactly what the 50-year-old acoustic bluesman is doing—living the very truths he sets to music. Smither's childhood wasn't unpleasant, but it wasn't stable either. His parents, both university professors, moved the family from Miami to Ecuador to Texas to New Orleans to Paris back to New Orleans, all by the time Smither was 13 years old and already fascinated by music.
Another March has passed, and with it another installment of the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where several of us go every year to scout the newest, coolest bands. OK, we all see a few older cool bands, too, but most of the reason we go every year is to give you a brief preview of bands to watch when we get back. Plus, it keeps us from killing ourselves (and each other) the remaining months of the year. Here we go with SXSW 2004 Top 10:
The Sylvan Esso show at the Sunshine Theater is sold out already, which is a mega bummer. But! You can still go to the afterparty, which happens to include a performance by local psych-pop band GERUNDING, who are just as, if not more, cute than Sylvan Esso. Not that it’s a cuteness competition, just saying. It all goes down at the Moonlight Lounge at 11pm on Thursday, March 22. Even if you’re not going to the concert before ... you’re still invited. For ages 21+.
Experience the best of the best in high desert sounds on Saturday, March 24, from 8pm till 1:30am. Find your favorite alt.weekly hosting our annual Best of Burque Music Showcase featuring your favorite bands, as chosen by you, dear readers! See DJ Leftovers (of Leftover Soul), Crushed?!, Baracutanga, The Talking Hours, Russian Girlfriends, Moonshine Blind, Cobra vs. Mongoose, Sorry Guero, Felix Y Los Gatos, The Riddims, James Whiton, Gunsafe, Delphia, Def-i, The Timewreckers, Cowboys and Indian, Asa Martin, Spaceblnkt, The Horned God, The Tylor Brandon Band, Citizens of Tape City, Ashes of Jupiter and The Despots, and enjoy the best venues Downtown for $10 to $15.