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It’s Complicated: El Ten Eleven, September 27 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-09-15 13:56:18

El Ten Eleven. Photo by Amanda Fogarty.It’s a sentiment that should come standard-issue with any virtuosity.

“I do have to check myself, because sometimes I can find myself doing overly complicated things, and I think, ‘Wait, am I doing this because it makes the song good or because I’m trying to show off?’” said Kristian Dunn in a recent phone interview. “It usually ends up being the latter, and it gets cut. You’ve got to be tough with yourself in this kind of situation.”

“This kind of situation” is pretty funny, because it’s unlikely that El Ten Eleven has much company in what it does. An instrumental duo featuring Dunn on guitars (often a double-neck) and drummer Tim Fogarty, the band makes extensive use of looping and effects pedals to build tunes that would seem to need three or more players. “Fat Gym Riot,” from 2008’s These Promises Are Being Videotaped, climaxes with thick bass and twin (or perhaps triplet) lead guitars.

But when El Ten Eleven returns to RIBCO on September 27, there will be just Fogarty and Dunn and the latter’s 13 pedals, trying to make the extraordinarily complicated seem like merely good music.

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The Playing-Live Basket: Cowboy Mouth, September 10 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-09-08 17:07:07

Cowboy Mouth's Fred LeBlancThe blurb that accompanies any write-up of the New Orleans-based rock band Cowboy Mouth comes from Cake magazine: “On a bad night they’ll tear the roof off the joint, and on a good night, they'll save your soul.”

For drummer, singer, and primary songwriter Fred LeBlanc, a great live show -- which will be on display at RIBCO on Friday -- is both natural and a necessity.

The band has been around for two decades now, with the constant core of LeBlanc and guitarist, singer, and songwriter John Thomas Griffith. By LeBlanc’s count, Cowboy Mouth has had 427 bassists and 1,628 guitar players.

“The crux of the band has always been me and John,” LeBlanc said in a recent interview. “John and I always had a chemistry, and we always built a band around that. We had all done stints in major labels before the band, and so it was: What do we have that they cannot steal from us? They can steal songs from us; they have. They can steal recordings from us; they have. But they can’t steal playing live. ... That’s how we built our reputation.”

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Wielding a Precise Instrument: Nathaniel Rateliff, August 27 at Borders and RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-20 16:36:12

Nathaniel Rateliff

When I talked with Nathaniel Rateliff earlier this week, he was driving a dump truck for his job as a gardener, and closed the interview with these pronouncements when asked if there was anything he'd like to mention: "I love to swim. I like poultry."

Aside from hinting at a dry sense of humor, these things suggest that Rateliff is grounded person. And that's reflected in the path that he's chosen.

The Denver-based singer/songwriter, who will perform two shows on August 27, had an opportunity to have his rock band (Born in the Flood) and perhaps his current folk-ish outfit signed to the Roadrunner label. But he chose instead to follow his heart.

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Doing It Again: Nick Curran & the Lowlifes, August 30 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-13 15:24:01

Nick CurranNick Curran's Reform School Girl starts with Etta James' "Tough Lover," in which the Austin, Texas-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist breaks out his best Little Richard impression while staying true to James' performance, from the opening growl forward. The album ends with AC/DC's "Rocker." In between are 12 Curran originals that make the compelling case that the essence of rock and roll didn't change much from 1956 (when "Tough Lover" was released) to 1975 ("Rocker") to 2010 (Reform School Girl).

Curran, who will perform with his band the Lowlifes at RIBCO on August 30, brings punk ferocity and grit to decidedly old-school rock, rockabilly, and blues. His music is undoubtedly retro, but his treatment of classic styles is so earnest, dirty, and fiery that it's impossible to fault him.

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Sharing the Load: The Dawn, August 7 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-07-20 11:29:06

The Dawn

When Sean Ryan recorded his solo debut, Lonesome Driver Music, two years ago, his group the Dawn was around, but "I just wasn't ready to take the band I had into the studio," he said.

So he employed some noted local pros -- including drummer Marty Reyhons and guitarist Kerry Tucker, both from Einstein's Sister, and pedal-steel player Tom Pickett Jr. -- in the service of his songs, and the result was an excellent snapshot of a promising young writer and performer in good hands.

The Dawn has now finished its debut, and Ryan has clearly assembled a strong crew in the intervening period. Reyhons and Tucker still make contributions, but the self-titled record is anchored by a proper band: singer/songwriter/guitarist Ryan, Pickett, Jordan VanOpdorp on keyboards, Garrin Jost on bass, and Dave Soliz on drums. The band is an essential element, as Ryan's songs universally benefit from rigorous, full arrangements played with flair.

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