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PHOTOS: Hiss Golden Messenger / William Tyler at The Pinhook - 5/22/2012

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Hiss Golden Messenger





William Tyler


Hiss Golden Messenger / William Tyler at The Pinhook - 5/22/2012

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Hiss Golden Messenger
with William Tyler
The Pinhook
05/22/2012

I have seen William Tyler play many times - with Lambchop, with KORT, and even with Superdrag on a tour a good decade or so ago - but this was my first time finally seeing him do his solo thing.  Instrumental guitar music isn't usually my bag, but I found it quite enjoyable.  More knowledgeable folks than myself have mentioned musicians like Jack Rose, Bert Jansch, and John Fahey in comparison, and I'll just have to take their word for it.  What I do know is Tyler is a hell of a guitar player, using a crazy configuration of pedals to layer different guitar lines on top of each other and providing a damn robust sound for just one dude playing six strings. 

The Court and Spark released one of my all-time favorite alt-country records, "Bless You."  They were from SF and gathered a bot of attention at the same time I was living out there, and I was lucky enough to see them play a couple of times.  I mention…

Spiritualized at the Cat's Cradle - 5/12/2012

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Spiritualized
Cat's Cradle
5/12/2012

The only possible word to describe finally getting to see Spiritualized live would be "epic."  It felt like someone accidentally booked an arena rock show in the Cradle, the music and performance felt so...big.  This version of Spiritualized was a seven-piece band including a couple of hot back-up singers and a guitarist that looked exactly like Noel Gallagher.  While there were plenty old bald and balding men there (aka my demographic), I was surprised at the number of young people at the show.  I'd be surprised if the pair of girls standing in from of me were even 18, but goddamn if they weren't amped for the gig from start to finish. 

The set list - I'm not great with song titles, but I do know they played for over two hours and covered the entire career of the band.  There were a number of songs from the great new album "Sweet Heart, Sweet Light" including the album owner "Hey Jane" that was also the…

PHOTOS: Archers of Loaf / Pipe at the Haw River Ballroom - 5/11/2012

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Archers Of Loaf








Pipe





Archers of Loaf / Pipe at the Haw River Ballroom - 5/11/2012

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Archers of Loaf
with Pipe
Haw River Ballroom
5/11/2012

At what point do we stop referring to these Archers of Loaf shows as "reunion shows"?  They might not be playing any new music, but I've seen them at least four times since the reformation and I missed a couple of their gigs.  They've played locally more often over the past year than pretty much anyone not named Lonnie Walker or Whatever Brains.  Not that I'm complaining, obviously - they're still one of my very favorite bands ever no matter how you describe the nature of their current status.  And they still rock just as hard as they did before the break up.  It was a great set - played most of the "hits" and really hit heavily on "All the Nation's Airports".  They also played the great "White Trash Heroes," which they don't play nearly often enough.  Great sound, great effort, great gig.

But here is the downside to the evening - way way WAY too many weekend warriors…