With Blitzen Trapper in town, it really will be a fantastic holiday weekend for Madisonians. The experimental country/folk act got its start in Portland, Oregon, and stayed there for a while, but when their self-released album Wild Mountain Nation went big in 2007, they found themselves sharing their gifts with the world and picking up influences from it too. New album VII carries on the tradition, with bluesy motifs lifted from their travels throughout the country.
Why does the Eaux Claires Festival exist?
Adam Lambert :: ‘The Original High’
Kacey Musgraves’ unexpected Grammys last year for best country album and best country song were no fluke, and this album proves it. Ignoring contemporary standards for commercial country music, Pageant Material is a beautiful follow-up that will soothe with its melodies and delight with its simple, direct lyrics. Lead single “Biscuits” offers a tongue-and-cheek chorus line, “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”
The songs still ran long. To the uninitiated, the communal rituals of the faithful fans probably looked strange. Was it trippy? Well, this was a Grateful Dead show, after all, the first in a handful over the next week that are said to be the last.
The four surviving members of the Dead, joined by a trio of well-versed companions, launched their “Fare Thee Well” mini-tour on June 27 in Northern California, where the legendary jam band got its start 50 years ago and almost two decades after the death of beloved lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
Brian Wilson, as he himself has sung, wasn't made for these times. Or any others, for that matter, which is part of the reason his music has remained so timeless through all of his breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs.
Milwaukee’s Amazing Grace Choir is special, and not just for its talent. The ensemble is made up of people who suffer from early Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as their caregivers.
Originally formed with members of two of the more underrated acts of the ‘90s in their respective genres (The Promise Ring, an emo band with a cult following, and The Dismemberment Plan, considered a precursor to the dance-punk movement of the ‘00s), it’s too bad Maritime has to be called underrated as well.