A sold-out crowd witnessed Rhett Miller in fine form this past Saturday at World Café. With Old 97’s and solo material at his disposal, he rattled through the lives of his many colorful characters with their grit and grime in full glory. Raucous and pure fun, it was certainly a great way to welcome November.
Americana roots rockers unite! The Old 97′s and Drive-By Truckers are hitting the road together and playing the TLA on Tuesday, November 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12 at Noon. Go here for tickets.
Singer/songwriter Rhett Miller stops by World Cafe Live tonight. His fifth album, The Dreamer, was released last year in June. Miller is also the lead singer for the Dallas alternative country band, Old 97′s, and plays in Serial Lady Killers, which you can watch a video of the band performing “Singular Girl” at last year’s XPo Fest here. Tickets and information for the all ages show with Cliff Hillis can be found here. Below, watch Miller perform “Lost Without You” from his album The Dreamer for an American Songwriter session.
Jamaican Queens return to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Little Berlin. The Detroit based trio has acquired a swell of grassroots support for their debut LP Wormfood, which was released in early March is available as a name-your-own-price download on their Bandcamp. With lyrics that recount experiences with relationships, parties and urban violence, the band’s intrigue runs much deeper than the initial hook of the album’s beat-driven, synth-laden sound. Jamaican Queens will be joined by locals Banned Books and Avery Rosewater. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Below, watch the video for “Water.”
Local rock ‘n’ roll trio Lantern headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Self-described as “proto-biker-punk-blues,” the one thing that will strike any listener upon diving into 2012′s Dream Mine EP (Bathetic) for the first time is the sheer amount of blown-out fuzz and noise that distorts the classically punk vocals of front-man Zachary Devereux Fairbrother. Citing influences as surprising as early folk and blues and as obvious as early rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s-’70s punk, Lantern’s music is a combustion of nitty gritty Americana. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dong Johnson and Amanda X can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Train Song.”
Rhett Miller and his band, the Serial Lady Killers, concluded this year’s XPoNential Fest at Wiggins Park on a high note. Watch Miller and band perform the rocking song “Singular Girl” from his 2006 album, The Beleiver.
Finishing off the last day of XPO Fest at Wiggins Park was Rhett Miller (former lead singer of the Old 97′s) and his band The Serial Lady Killers. They played songs from Miller’s latest album, The Believer – including singalong opener “Lost Without You” – as well as selections from Miller’s back-catalogue (“This Is What I Do” from 2003′s The Instigator), even reaching back to his time with Old 97s for “Rollerskate Skinny,” “19″ and “Barrier Reef.” Check out photos above, and the setlist below. You can listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →
Willie Nelson’s western town in Luck, TX, is about a 45 minute ride from downtown Austin. On Thursday, March 15th, at SXSW, the town was transformed into the Heartbreak Banquet, a performance space with two stages featuring over 20 musicians including Rhett Miller, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Daughter, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Heartbreak Banquet was presented by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue, in association with John Varvatos. For the attendees (including WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay) it was a welcome break and musical retreat from the frenzied pace of SXSW.
Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97′s, has announced a new solo album coming on on June 5th called The Dreamer. The album was produced by Miller will be released on his own Maximum Sunshine Records. The album features guest appearances by Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata, as well as additional percussion by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel). Below, download a new song, “Out Of Love.” Rhett will be at SXSW this week, followed by a tour. He’ll also be one of the guests this year at the WXPN Beggars Banquet on Saturday, March 31st along with Nicole Atkins, members of The Hooters, Jonatha Brooke, Pat Croce, Alejandro Escovedo, John Flynn, Diego Garcia, the Matt Santry Band, Mutlu, Scot Sax & Suzie Brown, Tommy Stinson (Soul Asylum, The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses), Zoe Strauss, Gary Knell (NPR President and CEO), and others. Rhett plays World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 5th.