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Photos from the Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Concert, May 4 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:11

Photos from the Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis concert at the Redstone Room on May 4, 2013, with opener David G. Smith. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
At Home in Two Worlds: The Lonely Wild, May 4 at Rozz-Tox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:49

The Lonely Wild

On the Web site of the California band The Lonely Wild is a country-rock-stomp version of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” notable for its clarity, the way it bends the song to the band’s style while remaining true to the original, and some Michael Stipe-like vocals. But what will strike most people forcefully and immediately is the jarring segue into the guitar solo from Pink Floyd’s “Money,” with motifs from both songs intertwined for the remainder.

It’s a small, natural leap between the central riffs, but it’s an inspired pairing. And on its debut album, The Sun as It Comes (released April 2), the quintet shows a similar skill at combining disparate elements into a natural but distinctive whole – explosive desert gothic, with Ennio Morricone’s Spaghetti Western soundtracks blended with modern indie rock.

The band will be performing at Rozz-Tox on May 4, and singer/songwriter Andrew Carroll said the band grew out of a solo project. His previous band had been a collaborative songwriting outfit, he said, and writing alone was “kind of liberating, not having to ask for other people’s opinions, or having to work with four different people ... . It gets difficult to produce material that way.”

 
Photos from the Lucero Concert, April 27 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:36

Photos from the Lucero concert at RIBCO on April 27, 2013, with opener Langhorne Slim & the Law. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Lucero:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Photos from Victor Wooten Concert, April 21 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:28

Photos from the Victor Wooten concert at the Redstone Room on April 21, 2013, as part of Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday jazz series. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Fighting Fate Through Music: The Quad City Symphony, April 13 at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Frederick Morden   
Monday, 22 April 2013 12:25

Pyotr Tchaikovsky said his Fourth Symphony was about fate, and even used a “fate motif” – a recurring musical representation of a central programmatic idea – as an autobiographical statement. The topic was deeply personal, as he considered homosexuality his destiny.

In correspondence with his patroness, Tchaikovsky wrote in code about his struggle with his “condition,” calling it his “fate, the fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness.”

This intensity of internal conflict represented in the music elevated his fourth symphony from his first three and created a model for his next two. Tchaikovsky’s torment and his longing to find happiness were resonantly brought to life in a searing, tender, and ultimately triumphant performance by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Musical Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith on April 13 at the Adler Theatre.

 
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