DakhaBrakha has found the Holy Grail in world music. The Ukrainian band of multi-instrumentalists — Nina Garenetska, Olena Tsybulska, Iryna Kovalenko, and Marko Halanevych — performs traditional Ukrainian songs in nontraditional ways, making compelling tunes by stitching together its native folk melodies with a grab bag of unexpected styles from all over the globe.
When you hear trumpeter Nathan Kay and his excellent quintet rip into a jazz tune, you would never suspect that all five of these musicians are students. And the tunes are so strong, you might think you're hearing an obscure standard.
Fans of singer-songwriters with classical music predilections will find a lot to like in Laura Wolf. Part-cello exploration, part-folksy rumination, the multi-instrumentalist's songs, like the excellent "Body Part," feature dense but inviting textures, with plenty of percussive flair.
It'll be a hellaciously hard and heavy night of music with this year's Survival of the Fittest Fest. The show features local mavens like Diluted, Rip Open The Sky — don't get it confused with the Christian rock album by Remedy Drive — one of my favorite hardcore bands, A Fitting Revenge, Undead Messengers, Plagues of Endeavor, and Symmetrical Defiance.
In the provided information about First Muse's next concert, "British Buddies," Artistic Director and violist Melissa Matson is pretty direct in describing the program. "The genesis of this concert was my desire to collaborate with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey," she says.
The Tombstone Hands is a slow churn of rock 'n' roll burn dedicated to preserving the rock of ages. The trio plays like it's the last garage band on Earth, always kicking it off with Link Wray's "Rumble," in honor of the man who first revved up his electric guitar.
Everything about Nashville's Ron Gallo is "utter": utterly chaotic; utterly fractured; and his bio describes a man who is not afraid to call utter bullshit on the most disappointing human norms. He shines bright despite being a sort of anti-rockstar.
Jon Lewis Band "Baby Brother"
As Schroeder said to Lucy, "Beethoven is IT, clear and simple! Do you understand?"
Tom Guarna "The Wishing Stones"