Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
A Film About the Pixies--The Guild Cinema is opening up its theater this week to a documentary called loudQUIETloud. In it, we get an all-access pass to the Pixies’ 2004 reunion tour through Canada, Europe and the United States. Most importantly, we get a look at what we've long suspected the Pixies are really like: A dysfunctional family of carnies. Step right up!
Flyer on the Wall
"Queer Performativity" takes on a whole new meaning as singing acrobats, emcees, burlesque performers and all-around badass girls present the Femme-O-Lition Derby, a queer cabaret with local performers. See this week's "Lucky 7" for locations, show times and prices. (LM)
By Lash Bower
I can’t help but feel bad for Irving. For every new sound or sweater-clad opus au courant, there are a thousand great precursory bands commanding our acknowledgement as the groundbreaking antecedents. Nothing is ever really new. Being an indie band ain’t what it used to be.
You’ve come a long way, baby
By Mark Sanders
Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn has always had a penchant for the topical. The “big” issues--war, God, life and death--take center stage in his work, as much now as ever in his 30-odd-year career.
Courtesy of Dervish
Irish sextet brings a little piece of Sligo to everyone
By Amy Dalness
Nicknames have a way of sticking. Barbra Streisand is known to her devoted fans a Babs. Dwayne Johnson kicks butt on the movie screen and in the WWE ring as The Rock. President Bush lovingly embraces his possibly self-declared nickname, Dubya.
Christian McBride, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton New York Time · Kenny Garrett Beyond the Wall · Branford Marsalis Quartet Braggtown
By Mel Minter
Even as you’re listening to track 1 for the first time, you’re looking forward to hearing this hybrid SACD/CD again. As satisfying as it is accessible, this collection of originals and two standards brings together four like-minded virtuosos whose common trademark is unforced elegance and eloquent understatement. Everything flows through the session’s single microphone (no overdubs, no multitracking) as easily as springwater flows downhill. The easygoing cymbal-driven swing of drummer Cobb, the rhythmic punch of bassist McBride, the spidery harmonies of pianist Walton and the plangent tone of saxophonist Jackson come together in one of the year’s best recordings.
Kurt Travis • alternative rock • Eidola • Amarrionette
By Megan Reneau
I love Kurt Travis ... I said it! I don't regret it, either! (Well, I actually hardly know the man—i.e. not at all—I just love his music.) I know you won't regret seeing him…
Jenna Dunlap • singer-songwriter • Keith Sanchez & the Moon Thieves • folk
By August March
I read a recent review that said Jenna Dunlap's debut recording was “sweet,” with “wistful vocals.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Dunlap—who was recorded by Cinder Cone Media's wizard of an engineer Howard Wulkan for her first studio outing, Out of My Head—is dynamic and thoughtful, with a rumbling, tumbling vocal nuance and muscular musical style…
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Jenna Dunlap • singer-