Picture Book & Live Review: Beach House, Washed Out @ The EARL, April 29

Review by Jhoni Jackson; photos by Matt Smith (www.shadowboxerphoto.com) It wasn’t just the rarity of a smoke-free show that displaced Thursday night at the EARL from regularity. Two of indie’s most hyped acts – Washed Out and Beach House – caused a dreamy transformation. Pom-poms were strung in abundant rows along the ceiling and exaggerated […]

Live Review & Picture Book: Janelle Monáe and The 54 @ Smith’s Olde Bar, April 6

Review & photos by Micah McLain Janelle Monáe and the rest of the Wondaland Arts Society took over Smith’s Olde Bar this week in order to preview both halves of her soon-to-be-released album, The Archandroid. As soon as you stepped into the upstairs room at Smith’s for the second half preview on Tuesday night, you […]

Live Review & Picture Book: Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Alex Skolnick Trio @ Center Stage, March 13

Review by Jennifer Gibson; photos by Ken Lackner Last Saturday’s sold-out Rodrigo y Gabriela show at Center Stage was either heaven or hell, depending on your point of view – heaven if two good-looking Mexican kids sparking mean Latin-flavored heavy metal instrumentals on acoustic guitars is your thing, and hell if you dare halfway mention […]

Live Review & Picture Book: The Runaway Suns @ The Graveyard Tavern, March 13

Review by Jhoni Jackson; photos by Tim Song The Runaway Suns call themselves ‘60s revivalists, and they’re not kidding. Their sound is a direct throwback to psych-rock’s heyday, when 13th Floor Elevators debuted and The Beatles started taking LSD. Rest assured, though, no one in the band was actually on psychedelics during the show (I […]