Of Note

Toadies unzip the bodybag

Play Belly Up Saturday with Local H

“The band never went all the way away.” Vaden Todd Lewis would know. As one of the Fort Worth band’s founding members, he is also one of its survivors. The band broke out in 1994 ...

Southern Avenue, streetwise beyond their years

"Truth, honesty, pain, love, growth, and peace through our music.”

Southern Avenue is the name of a street in Memphis. On it, at 1932, is Soulsville, the original home of the legendary Stax Records. It is also the name of a band, a brand new ...

A swim with the Sharks and Dennis Quaid — CANCELED

A celeb band that won't necessarily trip your odious meter

After publishing this preview, the Dennis Quaid and the Sharks show was canceled so a benefit could be held for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Art imitates life, which is busy imitating art: not exactly ...

No one calls Thundercat Stephen Bruner

Call him a mighty fine R&B and funk singer instead

Thundercat claims Miles Davis as an inspiration, along with jazz bassist Ron Carter and a pianist named Mary Lou Williams who was mostly active during the golden era of jazz, but you’d have to dig ...

U.S. Bombs target Soda Bar

The less you have to say about this band, the better

If there is any truth to the rumor, the last thing Joey Ramone heard in this life was U2’s In a Little While. He died in a New York hospital in 2001. But, there are ...

Lafayette Falkquay's purple Strat shoots straight

Two decades of club-hopping gets blues man to a rare place

Pure and greasy, raw, nasty, sexy, down-home Texas-style blues: there are possibly three or four authentic blues performers in San Diego, and Lafayette Falkquay is at the top of the stack. He’s a product of ...

Bad weather coming? No, it's Steve Earle.

Underdog champ to walk Belly Up floor

He seems to own a measure of calm, but one watches Steve Earle in the same manner you’d track storm clouds. Long of beard, aging into his own vision of himself, Earle, 62, is like ...

Wheeler Walker Jr: consistently revolting and funny

Waylon, Hank Williams Jr, and Kinky Friedman all rolled up into one

Parental advisory: Wheeler Walker Jr is possibly the filthiest country singer on record. “But tonight it’ll do,” sings Walker Jr, about a man facing thin odds and even poorer options on the tail end of ...

Buttertones slather on the West Coast 1960s

Voodoo-ish sound owes much to Dick Dale

Surf rock, as written and performed by players who were raised on grunge. Otherwise, the Buttertones are all over the place, with sonic influences from bands like the Gun Club all the way back to ...

Blackberry Smoke likely to fill Belly Up

Southern rockers road-dogging their way up the food chain

Blackberry Smoke looks like they just stepped out of a 1960s promo photo shoot — wardrobe, hair, and all — that one where the band Blue Cheer posed on a pier with their mountain of ...

Cowsills still happy together

Reputed Partridge Family template lives and rocks

“It’s the quintessential classic-rock tour.” Paul Cowsill checks in by phone from his home in Oregon. He and the band are on a little break from the Happy Together tour, a road show that travels ...

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