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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 Daytrotter.com 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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A Fine Line Between Serious and Clever: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, May 29 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-05-26 19:07:03

Dent May

The debut album The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele begins with an a cappella number called "Welcome" that starts, "Welcome to my record / Welcome to the show."

The second track features vocals mimicking electronic bleeps before the ukulele actually shows up, and the lyrics begin, "Every Tuesday, and every other Friday or so ... ." The voice is clear, confident, and forward, not at all the tentative instrument one might expect with indie-pop music defined by the miniature guitar.

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Space Oddities: Drakkar Sauna, May 18 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-05-15 20:49:52

Drakkar SaunaHere are three things that Wallace Cochran told me in an interview last week to promote Drakkar Sauna's May 18 performance at RIBCO:

  • The old-school country duo's upcoming album (set to be released on August 1) is titled 20009, which is pronounced "two thousand-ousand nine."
  • "It's a theme record. It's about astronauts and love. Mostly astronauts and rocket travel and the failures of rocket travel in history."
  • "Jeff [Stolz] definitely brought the Louvin Brothers to our relationship, and I'm glad I could respond to that with Mandy Patinkin."

A word of warning: None of this is necessarily true. Interviews with Drakkar Sauna typically play like dry comedy routines between Cochran and Stolz, as if they were lost members of Spinal Tap. For evidence, see the e-mail interview between the band and Daytrotter.com founder Sean Moeller, who has previously featured the band on his site and is bringing them back to town for the show and another recording session.

But while the band's interview style might be self-effacing and silly, and there's undoubtedly an oddball element to the music, it would be wrong to accuse Drakkar Sauna of not taking its craft seriously. On the band's albums, indie-sensibilities are fused with old-time country in an appealingly ramshackle concoction that sounds as if it came from a time-traveling saloon.


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Photos from the Tantric Show, May 5 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-05-08 21:47:24

Photos by Chris Jones of Tuesday's show with Tantric at RIBCO:






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