For fans of avant garde musician Don Van Vliet, better known as the legendary provocateur Captain Beefheart, his death this past December reminded us all that there really was such a thing as music's "golden years", when trails were being blazed and buttons were being pushed, and that it's certainly not right now.
This past year, the tripped-out trio Tame Impala burst from Down Under with their sparkling, woozy debut LP Innerspeaker (Modular Recordings) and subsequently whipped the music world into a frenzy. They've got a sold out show at the Independent tonight to prove it. Not all hope is lost, though. You can still troll around on Craigslist and scrape together a few tickets for you and your crew. They're out there.
Why is it that the single mention of singer/songwriter completely turns the general public into silent submission? Admit it, you see a show listed, and the first thing it says is “acclaimed singer/songwriter from…” and you completely skip over the listing. Why is that? There’s a great tragedy in that opinion of dismissal. Mostly because you’d be missing intelligent, hilarious, and very talented artists like Bhi Bhiman.
It feels like it was just yesterday when the festival touring circuit was over. Well, the winter hibernation is over, and with festivals like SXSW, Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo just around the corner, there are some big music decisions to make on the home front. Here are our March and April suggestions.
Quasi, The Independent, 3/10: These Portland staples have been touring and impressing fans since '93. Over the years, they've collectively toured and/or recorded with Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Built to Spill, Bright Eyes, and many others.