THE BRAVERY are playing with CULT MAZE and HEADSTART! at the Station December 16. Let that sink in. We’re sure this is in “8 Days,” and Chris Gray is relating it to the color of his couch in some way, but dang, that’s a hot show! (And we are mildly afraid of exclamation points.) “Sibilance” staffers might actually have to get up off our asses for that one. And EGGBOT opening the Class of ’07 show at the Big Easy on the 15th is fairly intriguing as well. Hats off to MARK CURDO and company for showing some serious good taste and commitment to the local scene on three straight nights (you know, that Xmas show with the Bees, et al., counts, too, on the 14th) as part of the WCYY HOLIDAY BIZARRE.
Our condolences to the HORROR, who played their last show (by every indication) November 24. Rick and the boys were entertaining as hell and deserved their cultish following. Music to Float to Hell By stands up as one of the best discs of 2003.
The DAVE ROWE TRIO were chosen for a formal showcase at the annual NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE in Monticello, New York, playing November 10 after a gig in Omaha, November 9.
Okay, so we heard “Letter to the President” on WCLZ (check out YouTube for some of the love Rustic’s song is getting) during the normal course of things, so they are playing local music, but also a lot of Crosby, Stills, and Nash from 1969, Indigo Girls from 1992, and George Ivan Morrison from 1968. Why? Isn’t there enough new music being created right now that’s attractive to alternative-minded adults to fill out a playlist? We don’t understand. Also, even though they’re located at 420 Western Ave in South Portland, PORTLAND RADIO GROUP can’t be considered totally chill dudes: They continue to call their local show “Music from 207,” even though it’s biting CHARLIE GAYLORD’s “Greetings from Area Code 207,” a franchise he’s been developing for eight years. Gaylord has now positioned his show at 8 pm on WBLM Wednesdays, conveniently after WCLZ’s show, which also runs Sundays at 7 pm, well after Gaylord’s 9 am Sunday start. By the way, look for the first GFAC 207 compilation since 2005, Volume 7, coming early this spring.
Who says domestic-minded gals have no fun? SARA COX’s Crowded Is the New Lonely cracked the top 40 Americana chart last week. That’s pretty cool.