Last Year's Men with Wood Ear The Pinhook
This was a fifth anniversary party for local label Church Key...I'm
down for any folks doing good work and getting the music to the masses, especially all the great local music we have
Wood Ear opened the gig.
My dude John had kind words to say about this band, so I made sure I
got to the Pinhook early enough to see their set. They had a rootsy Americana sorta
vibe going on, not so much alt-country as heartland rock. I think that means more Springsteen than Uncle
Tupelo. There were also a couple of songs that made me think of latter-era Replacements (think "Don't Tell a Soul" and "All Shook
Down"), but I've been listening to those albums quite a bit lately so that might be a little projection on my
part. For not knowing any of the songs, I quite enjoyed their set - the music is strong and catchy and keeps you engaged on first
listen. Apparently Wood Ear has been around for years, bu…
Neil Hamburger with Todd Barry & Brendon Walsh Kings
I'm not sure how the hell to even review a comedy show, it was either
funny or it wasn't. This was really funny.
This show was a total package, no local help needed. Brendon
Walsh opened the show. I'd seen him on Comedy Central and he is a frequent guest on the hilarious podcast Doug Loves
Movies. He was just as hilarious on this night as he had been in those previous settings, maybe even the funniest of
the night. He's dirty and a little absurd and does a lot of material on masturbation aides. You can watch a clip of
him talking about fleshlights here.
The middle set was by Todd
Barry. I'd seen him right here at Kings about a year
ago, and he must have thought it a good club and turnout as he came back. Hopefully he helps word
get around to the other good comedians because this area is sorely lacking in the funny. Barry was great as
always, wry and confident and the king of crowd work. H…