We love us some Luna. Like, really, really, really, really love us some Luna. And as it turns out, those of you who may love Luna yourself are in for a very Luna-tastic weekend. Case in Point: She’ll be at Cafe Nola tomorrow night, Flying Dog Saturday afternoon and then Skystage Saturday night. It’s a bona fide world tour, friends. A bona fide world tour. Also this weekend, Andy Timko, ye of 72 Hours cover fame, will occupy the Designated Music Space at Barley & Hops. Take note. “Dark Side Of The Moon” will be performed live, in color and in its entirety, at the Weinberg Center. It’s almost as good as anything Rodger Waters is doing these days, darn it. Our dear old friend Stitch Early is heading to Cafe 611, and when you throw in some Passport Sport and Suburb Thugs, you got yourself a Saturday night hip-hop extravaganza. The Gypsy Ramblers and Gypsy Soul Revival (not related, to our knowledge) are also going to be in and around town. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will be in Leesburg, Virginia, this evening. Sticktime is going to roll and rock. And then there’s a ukulele jam. So … yeah. Don’t forget to riot locally at Flying Dog and don’t forget that this warm weather ain’t forever. Check us out next week, friends. We got some stuff to say about some stuff. Hugs.
Foggy May have an identity crises. What do they want to be? Do they want to be a pop-reggae band? Do they want to be a rock band? Do they want to be a pop-rock band? It’s hard to tell on their most recent self-titled seven-song set, which can be as thrilling as it is frustrating, as promising as it is deflating. The songs aren’t bad, but the collection, as a whole, is uneven, amounting to a confusing trip through the tastes of a band still trying to find its footing.
None of this is to say that they don’t do what they do well. The recording itself is polished and the performances are tight. Plus, considering how there’s only three dudes in the group, this is a band that sounds bigger than it is, which is a testament to their individual talents. Trios are hard enough to come by as it is these days; to do it well is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have seen a lot and done a lot. Between the two, they have shared stages with Paul Simon, Roseanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Levon Helm, B.B. King and Mavis Staples — and that doesn’t even count the eight years Larry spent on the road with Bob Dylan as part of his Never Ending Tour. The married couple released their self-titled first-ever LP last year and they are set to perform at the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, tonight. We recently caught up with them by phone during their drive to a New Jersey tour stop. In good spirits, we discussed their favorite Levon Helm story, what it takes to be in a successful band that also happens to be your marriage, and why it took them so long to make music together.
Is that Andrew and Thom from Silent Old Mtns.? Why, yes it is. And they are going to be rocking and rolling all over Cafe Nola tomorrow night (that’s Friday, for those keeping score). It should be a special night. It should be a fun night. And. Don’t. You. Dare. Miss. It. Outside of that, there’s a bunch going on in and around Frederick, Maryland, when it comes to music over the next three days. Sweet Plantain is set to take the Weinberg stage on the one day this weekend that David Sedaris is not gracing that room with his presence. Take note. Some jazz is going down this evening at Beans In The Belfry and it’s with our good, dear friend, Jeff Cosgrove. Mary Sarah, who we spoke with earlier this week, is heading to Champions and it’s really for a great cause so you should really check it out. Civil Youth will be in D.C. on Sunday, remember. And then, of course, Donnie Wood, who we hear is huge in Shepherdstown, will be at The Furnace Saturday night and he’s got some John Deer Letters to hand out. We’ll be a bit slow for the first part of next week, but be sure to check back toward the end of the week for some fun stuff. We have a neat announcement we’re pumped to share. Hopefully, you’ll be listening. Stay warm. Smile often. Feel good.
Last week, we debuted a brand new feature called Celebrity Playlist. This week, we are following that up with yet another edition. That thing you feel creeping down your spine? It’s called “excitement.” This time up, we have Andy Stout, leader of local rockers Miss Lonelyheart. Those guys recently put out a brand new fantastic 7-inch and it’s called “Ordinary Living.” You should buy it. You should buy it now. They played an array of release shows last weekend and smart money says they will most likely be playing more shows sooner rather than later. He picked out some killer stuff here, including tunes from former Q&A subjects J Marinelli and Dot Dash, among others. Learn more about Miss Lonelyheart here. And you should learn more about them. Because they deserve your attention. Rock. Roll.
Mary Sarah turned only 21 in July, but she’s already lived a life many people three times her age could only wish they had lived. With her 2014 album “Bridges,” she sang alongside country music legends like Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, among others, and then, earlier this year, she competed on “The Voice,” landing a spot on Blake Shelton’s team. She’ll be performing at Champions Billiards on Saturday as part of a benefit for Kathryn Snider and her family to assist in her battle with brain cancer. We caught up with Sarah to talk about how she got started in show business, what it was like being on “The Voice,” and why she wants to one-day work with Trisha Yearwood.
Well, this is interesting. Civil Youth, a poppy-punky-electonicy-rappy trio from Philadelphia, are coming to The Pinch in D.C. on Sunday. They’ve done some pretty big things – opening for Twenty One Pilots would qualify as one of those big things – and if you check out their live show, either via YouTube or in person, you’ll see how wild they can get. We recently caught up with the group’s de facto leader, Mike Kepko, to talk about how they got together, snowstorms in Denver, and why they felt compelled to use a line from an old Panic! At The Disco song in one of their songs. The fun goes down Sunday night, friends. You should rock it. You should roll it.
Behold Music & Mental Health, a feature we hope to bring you more often than not, written by the fabulous Imade Borha. She’ll check in from time to time with her thoughts on … well … presumably, music and mental health. Duh. If you dig, you can follow her on Twitter here. Enjoy!
You’ve been talking about depression for a long time now. We did not listen to the urgency of your pleas. You talked about night terrors in “Pursuit of Happiness,” you said your “heart is an open wound that I hope heals soon” in “Soundtrack 2 My Life,” and mentioned how people call you crazy in “Man On The Moon.” What we should be ashamed of is ignoring how you feel when many of us feel the same way. There is nothing “crazy” or unimportant about a chemical imbalance that threatens your life.
Gosh, it’s gotta be so hard to be a pop star in 2016. Artists don’t sell records anymore. Labels concentrate more on The Song than they do The Talent. Fads have always shifted in influence and depth, but current trends are almost literally impossible to sustain, considering an audience that hardly allows itself to like anything before immediately moving onto The New Shiny Thing. Plus, people don’t like to be nice anymore.
It’s not just “onto the next one.” It’s “onto the next one because the last one now sucks.”