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A Quest for Joy: Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, February 1 at Huckleberry’s
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-21 16:03:42

Reader issue #718 On the 1996 benefit album Sweet Relief II: The Gravity of the Situation, the songs of Vic Chesnutt were covered by everybody from Madonna to R.E.M. to the Smashing Pumpkins to the Indigo Girls. Early in his career, the singer/songwriter was championed by Michael Stipe, who produced Chesnutt's first two records, released in 1990 and 1991. Early in his career, PBS aired a documentary titled Speed Racer about his life. He had a small part in Sling Blade.

He has collaborated with a diverse slate of artists from Widespread Panic to jazz guitarist Bill Frisell to the Cowboy Junkies to members of Fugazi and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Chesnutt's latest partnership is with the psychedelic-pop group Elf Power, part of the Georgia collective that spawned The Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel. Chesnutt and Elf Power will be among the performers at a March 18 R.E.M. tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, at which they'll perform "Everybody Hurts."

I start with the résumé because even if you've heard Chesnutt's name, he's not exactly famous. He has an immense reputation but a relatively small audience.

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Belated Second Chance: Rodriguez, January 23 at Huckleberry's
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-20 22:51:57

RodriguezOn record, Rodriguez has an assured, slightly too-knowing voice, pleading to a drug dealer - "Won't you bring back all those colors to my dreams" - over a wistful, wheezing musical backdrop that gives way to agitation. The song is "Sugar Man" (available for free download at, from the album Cold Fact, and based on them, one gets an image of a street-wise documenter of the dark sides of urban society: "The ladies on my street / Aren't there for their health."

On the phone, though, he's soft-spoken, apologizing that he needs to have questions repeated because of his phone and his hearing.

That disconnect makes sense when one knows that the gulf between Cold Fact and Americans' awareness of it is nearly four decades. Rodriguez released the record in 1970, and its follow-up in 1971, but the apathy that greeted them forced him to give up on music.

"I thought we were going to hit," he said last week. "Didn't happen, though."

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Getting to Know the Local Natives: January 18 at Huckleberry's
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-14 21:23:22

localnatives.jpgYou've probably never heard of Local Natives, but wants to change that. Daytrotter is bringing in the unsigned California quintet to headline a show at Huckleberry's in downtown Rock Island on Sunday, January 18. The show starts at 7 p.m., admission is $7, and the bill also includes The Union Line and Voxhaul Broadcast.

The three bands our touring together in a pair of vans, and spending the night at the homes of whoever will have them. In an interview this week, keyboardist, percussionist, and singer Kelcey Ayer talked about Local Natives' debut record, and the band's efforts to get noticed and get signed.

The group is earning favorable comparisons to Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes. Here's an opportunity to judge for yourself, with two Local Natives tracks and a Talking Heads cover, and a recording of the Reader interview with Ayer.


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An Interview with William Elliott Whitmore, Performing at RIBCO on January 17
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-07 18:04:02

whitmore-small.jpgWilliam Elliott Whitmore, a farm boy who hails from Lee County, Iowa, is set to release his new record, Animals in the Dark, on the Anti- label on February 17. After a trio of acclaimed, intimate, spare, and highly personal albums on the Southern label, Whitmore gets more political on Animals in the Dark, and he also fleshes out his sound. What remains the same is his wizened, worn voice, which gives a startling authenticity to his straightforward, woodsy folk music.

Whitmore will be performing with The Donkeys, Pictures of Then, and Meth & Goats at RIBCO on Saturday, January 17, in a show presented by The show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $8.

In this interview with the River Cities' Reader, Whitmore talks about why he began looking outward, the challenges of writing political songs, and why he decided to collaborate more on this album.

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A Sense of Time: The Donkeys, January 17 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-01-07 16:44:56

The DonkeysThe California-based Donkeys spent three years on their second album, Living on the Other Side, from start to release, and that combined with the quartet's warm, fluffy, unhurried music might create the impression that the band moves slowly. Some songs sound downright lazy.

"We're laid-back dudes," said keyboardist Anthony Lukens in a phone interview last week. "We try to make it sound like nothing's contrived or rushed. So I would probably take that as a compliment if something sounded, maybe, effortless would be a nicer way to say it. ... We're hardly lazy. ... We're definitely relaxed dudes. It takes us long time to get from Point A to Point B, because we're going to hang out and talk about it for a long time."

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