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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:

Equal to the Influence: Superdrag, April 24 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-04-22 16:48:03


The first impression of Superdrag's Industry Giants is pure punk on "Slow to Anger," barely updated for the new millennium, and the second impression is My Bloody Valentine on "Live & Breathe," with its patient, droning guitar textures. The rest of the band's comeback album is confirmation that it defies pigeonholing.

But Superdrag -- which will be performing a Daytrotter show at RIBCO on Saturday, April 24 -- isn't impressive for merely being more than competent at different genres. What's striking is that it's nearly liquid; despite the stylistic shifts, the quartet is comfortable enough in the songs that the music all sounds of-a-piece. While Superdrag never transcends its influences, it is sometimes their equal, and that's no faint praise.
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Freed from the “Southern Thing”: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, April 18 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-04-15 12:05:56

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

As part of the three-headed songwriting monster of the Drive-by Truckers, Jason Isbell was overshadowed by Patterson Hood's grim, vivid, and vernacular Southern tales sung with an inimitable, scorched voice that could become a haunting howl.

That says more about Hood than Isbell, though. Isbell wrote some the Truckers' prettiest music, but the band has never been much about pretty. Its three-guitar attack and working-class outrage meant that Isbell's songwriting and singing contributions to Decoration Day, The Dirty South, and A Blessing & a Curse got largely lost. And the truth is that his vocals are probably better suited to the Eagles than the Truckers.

When Isbell in 2007 split from the band (by all accounts amicably), it freed his songs from the Southern-rock context and gave them the space to be appreciated on their own. And following a 2007 solo debut mostly recorded with his Drive-by Truckers bandmates, the new Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - released in February - represents a clean break.
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Soft Metal: In All Its Glory, April 11 at Hal’s Wagon Wheel and April 25 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-04-10 16:34:07

I’m guessing the Quad Cities-based metal outfit won’t approve of my labeling them “soft,” but I intend it as a compliment. And I don’t mean the quintet is a bunch of poseurs; they’re still metal, but they’re not made of titanium.

Because of its aesthetic constraints, metal often strips bands of credible emotional content, obscured by the muscle and attitude. And if one strays too far from the formula, it risks losing its bad-ass credibility.

In All Its Glory, on its self-titled debut, strikes a balance between sensitivity and a hard edge.

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Not Minding the Dark: William Fitzsimmons, March 19 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-03-12 15:54:18

William Fitzsimmons

Most folks don't like to talk about painful personal stuff, such as a failed relationship.

William Fitzsimmons -- who will be performing a Daytrotter show on Thursday, March 19, at RIBCO -- doesn't have much choice.

"I wrote a record on divorce, so I opened the door," he said in an interview this week.

You'd never guess that The Sparrow & the Crow, Fitzsimmons' album from last year that the Boston Herald called a "near masterpiece," is about divorce on first blush. It's unfailingly delicate, intimate, and gentle musically, with folk-y lead piano and acoustic guitar lightly accented with other instruments. And it starts with the words "I still love you" and "I still need you" and what sounds like a reaffirmation of marriage vows. It absolutely does not sound like divorce.

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