Of Note

Mr. Tube's a big band with a big backstory

Pall Jenkins and company take the stage at Soda Bar Saturday night

Fans of the Black Heart Procession or anything that hometown singer/guitarist/composer/producer Pall Jenkins has ever done will love Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects. Their story begins in the 1950s when a failed stuntman named ...

Honky-tonk outsider Wayne "The Train" Hancock hits town

The Texas twanger brings the juke joint to Soda Bar Friday night

Wayne Hancock. His nickname is “the Train,” and his act is what remains of honky-tonk, a scarce form of entertainment these days. In truth, honky-tonk defines a type of venue and an era more than ...

White Buffalo roams in the shadowy parts of life

Jake Smith tours town in support of his latest, Love and the Death of Damnation

The White Buffalo and Jake Smith are one. It’s not an alter ego so much as a nickname that stuck. When he calls the Reader from his home in Los Angeles, I ask him about ...

Forty years of Robert Cray

Blues slinger more of a singer?

Forty years of Robert Cray: all the while, some among us are waiting for that guitar of his to quicken into flames, rather than smolder like last night’s fire. Not a very heroic guitar hero, ...

Honky-tonker Nikki Lane

Country-rock outlaw wants All or Nothin'

Yep, it’s country music through and through, with plenty of South Carolina drawl, reverb, guitar twang, and liberal amounts of pedal-steel guitar to close the deal. But don’t be fooled by Nikki Lane’s alt-rock roots ...

Holly Golightly Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

British duo the Brokeoffs play Casbah Saturday night

When finally we connect by telephone, Holly Golightly is in transit somewhere in Minneapolis, recovering from two weeks of road flu. The conversation is abbreviated by random bouts of coughing. The Brokeoffs — two people, ...

Houndmouth rings the Band's bell

Indiana Americana coming to Belly Up Friday the 13th

Houndmouth is one of those bands for which the songs seem to play themselves, minus fanfare or any particular direction. That’s an illusion, of course. The melodies and the storylines rise above the sloppy musicianship ...

Death to Bushwalla! Long live Bushwalla!

Trip-hop comic kills off his alter ego

These are the last days to catch Bushwalla performing as Bushwalla. According to his own crowd source funding campaign, the singer/songwriter plans to retire the stage name and alter ego he has performed as for ...

Blues bad boy Jonny Lang grows up

Lang takes the stage at Belly Up on Tuesday

Years ago, blues guitarist Walter Trout (who recently came back from the near-dead) saw the handwriting on the wall. “Every town I go to has got its own teenaged guitar slinger these days,” he complained ...

Seattle sludge slingers

Mudhoney's back at Casbah Saturday night!

Possibly no one that saw this band live in 1988 expected them to be around for more than a few weeks, let alone 30 years, and not because they were awful, but because Mudhoney was ...

Gram Rabbit's desert space rocktronica

Jesika von Rabbit's band hops into Belly Up on Wednesday

Gram Rabbit, from Joshua Tree, California, has been around for at least a decade and has released several albums, beginning with 2004’s Music to Start a Cult To. An underwear manufacturer broke them out in ...

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