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A Little Out of Whack in the Right Way: The Multiple Cat, June 14 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:35

The Multiple Cat

The Return of the Multiple Cat represents the first set of new material from Pat Stolley’s band The Multiple Cat in a dozen years, but the man has hardly been slothful.

As a founder and a member of bands, Stolley was intimately involved in the Quad Cities-based Future Appletree label – active for half a decade starting in 2002. And from’s beginning in 2006 to summer 2008, he was the Web site’s primary recording engineer; he estimated he’s logged roughly 800 Daytrotter sessions and still typically records between 12 and 24 a month.

That experience, he said last week, took a toll. “For a while there, I was so depressed about music in general because of having worked for Daytrotter and seeing the amazing amount of bands and stuff out there – how much noise there is out there. It makes you just want to pick up your toys and go home.

“But then there’s this other thing: I don’t really have a choice. I’m going to keep writing songs and recording them, whether anyone is going to listen to it or not.”

Photos from the Trishas Concert, June 6 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roberta Osmers   
Friday, 07 June 2013 09:13

Photos from the Trishas concert at the Redstone Room on June 6, 2013, with opener the Dirt Road Rockers. For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad-Cities music scene, visit

The Trishas:

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The Turtle in the Race: The Sumner Brothers, June 11 at Rozz-Tox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 07:43

The Sumner Brothers

Several reviews of the Sumner Brothers’ second studio album, I’ll Be There Tomorrow, start similarly. No Depression’s begins: “There’s no reasonable explanation why I have not heard the Sumner Brothers before ... .”

Actually, there is a reasonable explanation. The Vancouver duo – playing Rozz-Tox on June 11 and recording a session while in the Quad Cities – has built a following in western Canada and the U.S. west coast over the past seven years; but it has never played “out east,” in Brian Sumner’s words. I didn’t ask, but I think “out east” likely includes the Midwest.

“We’re the turtle in the race, where we just kind of slowly grow every year,” he said in a phone interview last week.

But I’ll Be There Tomorrow is bringing a lot of new ears to the group following a self-titled studio album and two collections of home recordings. “It’s just careful planning on our part,” Brian said of the positive attention the 2012 release has received. The brothers have conscientiously cultivated media relationships, he said, which paid off when the record came out in September.

Photos from Summer Camp, May 24-26 in Chillicothe, Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:14

Photos from the Summer Camp music festival, held May 24 through 26 in Chillicothe, Illinois. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit

Trey Anastasio Band

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By Popular Demand: The Trishas, June 6 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 05:32

The Trishas

The members of the band that became the Trishas – playing June 6 at the Redstone Room – knew almost immediately that they had something special. But it took some prodding for them to pursue it.

The country quartet – Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Savannah Welch – was assembled to perform at a 2009 tribute to country singer/songwriter Kevin Welch, Savannah’s father. Foster explained in a recent phone interview that Savannah was hesitant to participate but willing to as part of a larger group. The women weren’t friends – most of them knew one of the others, Foster said – so their initial rehearsal was their first time spending any time together.

“You can put four people together and have them all sing the right harmony notes, but it still doesn’t blend,” Foster said. “You have to really learn each other’s voices to really click right.”

But during that first rehearsal, on “Satan’s Paradise” (written by Kevin Welch and Claudia Scott), the clicking was evident. “We just hit the note, and it was ridiculous,” she said. “Of course, we’re girls, so we’re all jumping around, screaming.”

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