Since Fugazi decided to go on hiatus over ten years ago, Ian MacKaye’s primary project (besides managing Dischord Records) has been The Evens, his indie-punk duo with partner Amy Farina (formerly of The Warmers). The duo builds subtle but tense sketches with just their voices, drums, and a baritone guitar, allowing for an understated approach to post-hardcore which often resolves to pop in the vein of Pinback. The group recently released their third full-length, The Odds, and are playing two shows in support – one at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg on March 16. Considering the group has nothing else planned in the near future, it’s surely worth the trip. Admission is $5; doors at 7, music at 7:30. Below, watch a video of The Evens playing “Cut From the Cloth” live at the Ka-Chunk Records two-year anniversary show back in December.
The Harrisburg music scene today is mourning the passing of Michael “Jersey Mike” Van Jura, a tireless advocate for live music and arts in the Central Pennsylvania region who died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at age 36.
Van Jura booked concerts at the Abbey Bar at the Appalachian Brewing Company, but he was more than a promoter. He shared his views and commentary on civic issues, pop culture and the music industry on JerseyMike.org, but he was more than a blogger. Van Jura had a bigger vision for what he did – call him a cultural catalyst, a community activist – a guy who put his energies toward making the world around him a better place. Continue reading