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PHOTOS: Howard Ivans / Skylar Gudasz at the Cats Cradle Back Room - 11/17/2017

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Howard Ivans








Skylar Gudasz


Howard Ivans / Skylar Gudasz at the Cats Cradle Back Room - 11/17/2017

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Howard Ivans
With Skylar Gudasz
Cats Cradle Back Room
11/17/2017

The name Howard Ivans might sound familiar - supposedly he's the long lost twin brother of Rosebuds singer Ivan Howard, but I have a sneaking suspicion they might actually be the same person.  It's unclear what the status of the Rosebuds are these days and if they'll ever make any more records, but this alter-ego allows Howard to explore his more sultry, soulful side.  The vocals might be mostly the same between the two outfits, but the music is...slinkier?  Sure, why not.  His debut solo record was recorded with the help of Richmond's Spacebomb Collective, but live he had a trio of local lads backing him up (Rob Lackey, Mark Paulson, and Brian Weeks)...all of which are my friends, one that might have even been my roommate years ago so I'm definitely not being biased here.  Obviously.  And my totally unbiased take is that while more stripped down than the record, they were really great …

PHOTOS: Hot Snakes at the Chapel - 11/10/2017

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Hot Snakes at the Chapel - 11/10/2017

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Hot Snakes The Chapel
11/10/2017
I didn't necessarily travel all the way to San Francisco to see the recently reunited Hot Snakes play, but I did choose this particular weekend to take a trip I had been wanting to make all year because of them.  After having now seen them perform for the first time in probably a decade, it actually would have been entirely reasonable to make that cross-country pilgrimage based on the performance they gave at the Chapel.  The place was packed, the show sold out long ago - I actually bought my tickets to this gig before I bought my plane ticket, because it was the much more important purchase.  The sausage party levels in the club were off the chart - from where I was standing, I couldn't count more than a half-dozen women in the crowd, and three of them were from the opening band.  I'm not entirely sure why this is, as I've known a number of women who like Hot Snakes, but the facts remain that most metal shows I've attend…

PHOTOS: Guided By Voices at Motorco - 10/13/2017

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Guided By Voices at Motorco - 10/13/2017

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Guided By Voices
Motorco
10/13/2017 To paraphrase Uncle Bob towards the end of the night - "This was billed as a night with Guided By Voices - our encore is longer than any opener we might have had!"  I mean, he's not wrong.  This write-up feels like it should be nothing but a bunch of short bullet points, basically the review version of GBV themselves. 

 - I left after two and a half hours...I felt like I had gotten my money's worth of Bob and company.  It's entirely possible they're still playing.   - According to setlist.fm, they played 52 songs.  Honestly, that number feels much lower than I would have guessed.  - They played a lot of the last two records, but Bob also knows what most of the crowd wants to hear, and every three or four songs he'd throw in a "Motor Away" or "Echoes Myron" or "My Valuable Hunting Knife" to re-energize the crowd.   - They played the national anthem before the band took the stage...I ha…

PHOTOS: Moon Duo / Birds Of Avalon at Kings - 10/8/2017

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Moon Duo








Birds Of Avalon