Preview: William Elliott Whitmore @ Black Cat, 11/19/19

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William Elliott Whitemore (Photo courtesy Bloodshot Records)

William Elliott Whitmore is a singer-songwriter and banjoist/guitarist/drum-stompin’ solo act from Lee County, Iowa. He recently released Kilonova, an album of 10 cover songs from artists who have influenced his career, and he performs at Black Cat on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

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Live Review: Knotfest Roadshow @ Jiffy Lube Live — 9/1/19

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Slipknot performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Sept. 1, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

The Knotfest Roadshow tore into Jiffy Lube Live recently, featuring a quartet of some of the heaviest metal bands from around the world. The tour’s creators, Slipknot, were joined in support by three bands from Europe- Behemoth (Poland), Gojira (France), and Volbeat (Denmark).

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Music Park: Iris DeMent @ City Winery — 11/13/18

Iris DeMent performs at City Winery on Nov. 13, 2018. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Iris DeMent holds a special place in my heart. Growing up in the suburbs of Akron, Ohio, every night I listened to WKSU, the local public radio station, originating at Kent State. On the weekend evenings, WKSU would play folk music. Iris DeMent’s song “Our Town,” from 1993, is the first song I clearly remember hearing on the radio at night. But I’d forgotten who sang it, and the song and the artist were lost to me for 25 years.

Earlier this year, I rediscovered Iris, and she reminded me of why she is so great in a perfect show at City Winery on Nov. 13.

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