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Photos from the Goddamn Gallows Concert, June 20 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-25 15:15:20

Photos from the Goddamn Gallows concert at RIBCO on June 20, 2013, with opener Lou Shields. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

The Goddamn Gallows:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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A Little Out of Whack in the Right Way: The Multiple Cat, June 14 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-11 13:35:18

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 Daytrotter.com’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.”


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Blues with a Beach Boys Dream: Rachel Brooke, May 23 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-05-16 13:10:09

Rachel BrookeRachel Brooke grew up with bluegrass and country standards and in high school played them in her father’s band. Her album A Killer’s Dream (from late last year) puts that experience and her voice in a blues context.

All three of those genres share simplicity. Yet Brooke’s dream is to record her equivalent of the Beach Boys’ famously dense and unconventional Pet Sounds.

She’ll be performing with her band on May 23 at RIBCO, and you’ll hear a little bit of both aspects in her live show.


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Photos from the Lucero Concert, April 27 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-30 22:36:48

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


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An Attention to Detail and Shape: “Hello Quad Cities – Volume 2” and Comfort, “Avalon”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-17 11:13:11
The first track of any various-artists compilation bears a heavy burden, required to set the tone for what follows even though the performer had no role in crafting the remainder of the songs. Chris Coleslaw’s “Sterling ILL” does this on Hello Quad Cities – Volume 2 with a verse that succinctly repeats a common complaint about the Midwest, and the Quad Cities: “So New York grows / Hollywood glows / Well here in the middle / Well they say it just snows.”

Coleslaw’s delivery over acoustic guitar is poignant without being doleful – matter of fact yet clearly felt.

The sequencing here is smart – implicitly framing the second limited-edition local compilation as a rebuttal to the argument that our community is a dull dead end and then backing it up with “Sterling ILL” and 11 other exclusive tracks. (Hello Quad Cities is available on colored vinyl only, but each copy comes with a digital-download code.) Last fall’s Volume 1 was notable for its consistency, and the follow-up comes close to rivaling it.


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