Music reviews for ‘Honey Spoon’ and ‘Tim Herron Corporation’
Honey Spoon (independent). This band, which features Leila Dean (violin and vocals), Kevin Dean (percussion), Dave Wynn (percussion) and Billy Golicki (vocals and guitar), rides on feel-good themes of their sweet-tooth songs of simple stories. “Whoa” hits with a firm and familiar pop-rock beat you can clap and stomp to before delving into a story of “a girl/ who met a boy/ and a boy/ who met a girl/ they got together/ and it was cool/ and they both felt the same/ about each other.” Although the lyrics fall a little flat, the harmonies hit the sweet spot.
Austin Jimmy Murphy returns to the debt-challenged festival in the hopes of saving it.
The past few years have been tumultuous for the New York State Blues Festival. After experiencing tremendous success with the 2011 edition at the Inner Harbor, the 2012 fest ended in debt and disappointment. The financial obstacles were so grave that the planned 2013 edition was scrubbed.
Local musicians link to a yuletide clothing drive
It’s the season for giving, with charity runs, food drives and fundraisers taking place. Among those is the third annual “Beat the Cold for the Kids” clothing drive, through Wednesday, Dec. 18. Clothes for the cold-weather months, such as hats, gloves and scarves, are gathered and donated to the Salvation Army, which distributes to families in need. The drive has gathered more than 4,000 items in the past two years, with hopes to collect 3,500 this season.
Saturday December 7th at the Palace Theater
The southern California suburbs birthed hardcore –– a caustic sound made of surging guitar, breakneck drum beats, and copious amounts of inextinguishable adolescent animus. Descendents, a four-piece from Manhattan Beach, CA, were a wholly unique fixture within this scene.
Who’s suing the Beastie Boys?
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Soul man Jesse Dee and his big band visit the Lost Horizon on Thursday
For all of the energy and soul of his live performances and recorded music, Jesse Dee is subdued on the phone. He’s slow and thoughtful in his responses, never giving away too much or embellishing his story.
Salt City Waltz returns, even stronger, for a second year
I’ve written this introduction paragraph about 16 times, always failing to capture exactly what I want to say. It’s funny, that the Gonzo style of journalism (made famous by Hunter S. Thompson, where the journalist claims no objectivity and tells the story from a first-person narrative) seems easier. Writing from the gut and the heart is very much like music – the less you think (many times), the better it is. But sometimes, it’s overwhelming. This is very much how I feel.
Limited-edition releases to be offered at Armory Square’s Sound Garden
Every year, mobs of shoppers line up outside big-box stores for Black Friday deals. But Armory Square’s Sound Garden and other record stores nationwide are using the shopping holiday to draw attention to what they have to offer.
Local Music Reviews
Mick Fury and Midnight Moonshine. Sunday Funday (independent). Many artists over the years have faced controversy and even ridicule for any major musical departure; think of Bob Dylan and his transition to electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 or Eric Clapton's transformation from blues deity to a more laid-back approach a la The Band in the 1970s. Yet others have enjoyed great success with sound-switching; Darius Rucker, of Hootie and the Blowfish fame, and his morphing into a country-pop crooner springs to mind.
Twisted troubadour Hamell on Trial makes his case during his homecoming gig at St. Clare Theater
Acoustic punk might sound like an unusual genre. But after hearing the fast, furious, loud and lyrically twisted music of Hamell On Trial, aka Ed Hamell, it makes perfect sense. After all, he’s got an album titled Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs.