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Stick with the Funny: The Reverend Horton Heat, August 22 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-07-30 15:30:35

The Reverend Horton Heat. Photo by Drew Reynolds.

As we began a recent phone interview, Jim Heath was filing and dealing with music-publishing paperwork. You can be certain this is nothing that his alter ego, the Reverend Horton Heat, would ever do.

"The reason I joined a band is 'cause I wouldn't have to do this crap," he said. "I end up spending all day filing and talking to accountants."

That's the price of being a successful, long-running purveyor of lighthearted, Texas-scorched rockabilly, nearly impervious to the fickle trends of popular music. Appearing at RIBCO on August 22, the Reverend Horton Heat has a new album - the country-flavored Laughin' & Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat - due out September 1, and the band will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010. Heath turned 50 this year, and bassist Jimbo Wallace has been with the group for 20 years.

But Heath would prefer that information not get out. "In the world or rock and roll," he said, "telling people that you've been around a long time isn't necessarily the best thing."

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Reunions Mark RIBCO’s 30th Anniversary July 31 and August 1
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-07-29 15:35:02

Tripmaster MonkeyJason Parris, the booking agent for the Rock Island Brewing Company, knows there is something special about the local bar. "The room feels and looks like a New York club," said Parris. "You can see the history in the room with all of the black-and-white photos of people who have played here. You can definitely see that it's been around for 30 years."

On July 31 and August 1, RIBCO (at 1815 Second Avenue) will commemorate its 30th anniversary. Bands including Driver of the Year, Cheese Pizza, Jim the Mule, and Keep Off the Grass will perform at the two-night celebration, along with reunion performances by Tripmaster Monkey and Einstein's Sister.

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Hip by Accident: Those Darlins, July 20 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-07-16 14:04:21

Those Darlins

When Those Darlins play RIBCO on Monday in a show, be prepared for things to get a little crazy. And if they don't, expect some good-natured hectoring from the Tennessee-based band.

Nikki Darlin -- they go by that fake family name, even though the three singing and songwriting leaders aren't sisters -- described the scene at a recent Nashville show celebrating the release of the group's self-titled debut:

"Jessi [Those Darlins' guitarist] and I had built a giant chicken piñata that was destroyed during 'The Whole Damn Thing' song. And my friend ... had made me a dress that night, and he ripped it off of me in the middle of the set. So I was playing the rest of the show in my underwear. And then everyone started taking their clothes off and got up on stage. Everyone's spitting beer all over everyone else. People were making out, and it was just fucking awesome."

The piñata, by the way, was filled with feathers.

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Four-Ring Circus: Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, July 4 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-07-01 20:36:01

Th' Legendary Shack ShakersIf you want to know what Th' Legendary Shack Shakers sound like, just take a look at some of the band's album titles: Hunkerdown, Cockadoodledon't, Pandelerium, Swampblood. Three recordings compose the "Tentshow Trilogy."

Those all evoke something dirty, humid, hot, rough, rural, fevered, and unwashed -- all valid descriptions of the Shakers, who will be playing an outdoor Independence Day show at RIBCO. This isn't a band that hides behind obscurity; it delivers on the obvious promises of its name and its album titles.

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Muscle and Meat: The Meat Puppets, June 24 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-06-04 16:53:46

Meat Puppets

The Meat Puppets have a name that all self-respecting rock fans recognize - even if many have only heard Kurt Cobain sing the band's songs - and a hell of a history.

But singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Curt Kirkwood didn't want a big comeback record or tour when he reunited with his bassist brother Cris.

"Let's just pretend like we're a brand-new band - just forget about it all," he said in a phone interview last week to promote the band's June 24 show at RIBCO. "I don't have to meet anybody's expectations. ...

"Can we just do this on a real level - make records and not be an anachronism or a re-formation, a tribute to the '80s or '90s or whatever?"

Kirkwood, who turned 50 this year, isn't dumb, though, and recognizes that the ideal is unattainable. The most important thing, he said, is to make progress, to not merely exploit the past: "There is the anachronism involved, there is a heritage, there is a history in all this stuff. And yet, you move it on. ... It's on you to not rest on your laurels."

You expect similar pronouncements from any long-running band, and you'd be smart to be skeptical. But the closer you look at the Meat Puppets' history, the more weight Kirkwood's words carry.

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