It's not often that a well known actor of the caliber and fame of Jeff Bridges successfully (commercially and critically) crosses into another medium. But the Academy Award winner breaks the mold with his music — dark, bluesy country. It's good enough to make one forget about the celebrity at its source and just enjoy the music.
If you've ever wanted to unlock your emotions without really talking about them, Annie Clark understands. The 28-year-old musician performs under the name St. Vincent and has become known for layering her sweet voice over sometimes harsh, creepy electronic and guitar sounds.
Two venerable entities, Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, were both introduced to the world in 1963. Since then, both have brought their particular brands of roots music around the world — bluegrass for McCoury and New Orleans jazz for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Tune in this Saturday at 7pm for the 1st of many Live @ Swallow Hill concerts on KUNC. This premiere edition will feature multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez & “one of the best modern songwriters” (Sonic Boomers) Pieta Brown.
A lot has happened for Villagers' Conor O'Brien since he released his debut record in May last year. Becoming a Jackal landed on several "Best of" lists for 2010, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and topped the charts in his home country of Ireland. Not bad, considering that O'Brien played virtually everything on the record and did the album artwork by himself. The guy's got talent, and people are noticing.