Live Review: Liz Cooper @ Black Cat — 10/4/21

Liz Cooper - Black Cat DC - 10.04.21 CVock 7
Liz Cooper leads her band during a performance at Black Cat in Washington DC on Oct. 4, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Who’s the most badass person in music these days? It’s certainly hard to gauge, but a recent show at the Black Cat in DC might have strengthened the case that there’s no one sassier than Liz Cooper, a recording/touring artist who in just a few years’ time earned a great deal of respect in both rock and folk circles.

Continue Reading

Live Review: The Lone Bellow @ Rams Head On Stage — 10/3/21

The Lone Bellow - Ram’s Head On Stage - 10.03.21 CVock 5
The Lone Bellow performs a matinee show at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on Oct. 3, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

When a group of musicians bond to write and share songs born out of struggle and the battle to overcome those challenges, the result can clearly be a special one.

Remarkably demonstrating this exact kind of provenance with a recent matinee show at Rams Head On Stage, The Lone Bellow out of Brooklyn is now in its 10th year after forming in 2011 during the wake of what was essentially a tragedy impacting its founding member.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ MECU Pavilion — 8/21/21

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead - MECU Pavilion - 08.21.21 CVock 9
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead performs at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore on Saturday Aug. 21, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock.)

The Grateful Dead certainly aren’t done yet, as a recent stop at Jiffy Lube Live by Dead & Company showed us last week. But even if they were, there are so many musicians dedicated to carrying their torch that fans of the San Francisco-based band can rest assured they’ll be able to enjoy the catalogue of music in some live form for years to come.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, a highly talented five-piece outfit obviously led by respected veteran drummer Joe Russo, who himself is not yet close to passing away, made a timely stop in the Charm City this past weekend to drop two world-class sets of music paying tribute to the Grateful Dead.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Chris Thile @ Wolf Trap — 7/24/21

Chris Thile - Wolf Trap - 07.24.21 - CVock 7
Chris Thile performs at Wolf Trap on July 24, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Chris Thile loves playing at Wolf Trap. On Saturday evening, he called it “the best outdoor ampitheater in the world.” Over the years, Chris has played Wolf Trap with his main band, the Punch Brothers, and as the host of the (tragically) canceled NPR variety show Live From Here.

A mandolin virtuoso, Thile first emerged on the the music scene as a member of the bluegrass trio Nickel Creek with siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, who won a Grammy for their 2002 album, This Side. During Saturday’s show, Chris performed “Rest of My Life,” from Nickel Creek’s 2014 reunion album, A Dotted Line.

Continue Reading

Song of the Day: “September Song, pt. ii” by Lightning Bug

Lightning Bug. General Photo 4. Credit_IngmarChen
Lightning Bug (Photo by Ingmar Chen)

Lightning Bug’s upcoming album A Color of the Sky is an album of many firsts: the band’s first album with their new label home, Fat Possum, the band’s first time recording together as a live band.

Recently, Lightning Bug released “September Song, pt. ii,” the second single from the album.

Continue Reading

Song of the Day: “Nobody’s Stopping You Now” by Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Obviously, the new album from beloved band Lake Street Dive, is set for release on March 12 via Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the forthcoming record, the group premieres its new single “Nobody’s Stopping You Now,” a letter of encouragement from lead vocalist Rachael Price to her teenaged self, co-written with bassist Bridget Kearney.

Continue Reading

Song of the Day: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Black Marble

Black Marble
A still from the video for Black Marble’s cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Photo courtesy Motormouth)

Today Black Marble aka Chris Stewart announces the release of a very affectionate cover of Mariah Carey’s beloved 1994 classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Putting his signature on the track, the Black Marble version is synth-based and perfect for these winter months.

Continue Reading