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Review: Revisiting Mavericks with Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple of The dBs

Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Thursday at World Café Upstairs a small but fervent crowd visited the recent past as Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple played their 1991 album Mavericks in full. As one of only two planned performances of this album, it was certainly set up as a special night. And though they had to dust off their memories of the tunes since they had not performed many of them for quite some time, they delivered a rousing 18-song set of music.

Displaying a songcraft and pop sensibility inherent in their most well-know venture—as one half of The dB’s — and a well-honed maturity and assuredness, Stamey and Holsapple rejuvenated the 22-year old work with a backing band featuring Dave Schramm on guitar, reprising his role on the original album. From the dysfunctional love of “I Want to Break Your Heart” to “Angels,” the stirring opening album track that they performed last in the Mavericks portion of the set, acting as though they had forgotten it, Mavericks was taken to its root sound of jangly guitars and the harmonies of Stamey and Holsapple. Also dabbling in their other duo effort of Here and Now and some dB’s songs as well as a wonderful cover of The Everly Brothers’ “Lord of the Manor” to start the evening, Stamey and Holsapple delivered a worthy retrospective of their work on what was certainly a unique experience. See photos of the show in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump and revisit Stamey’s February performance at World Cafe Live here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cults at The TLA, Communion Club Night featuring Rosco Bandana at Underground Arts, Myrrias at Ortliebs and more

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop duo Cults will take to the TLA stage tonight. The New York natives released their sophomore album Static in October on Columbia Records and it has impressed fans and critics. Bullet Magazine recently included “So Far” from the new record on their “Indisputable, Definitive Best 53 Songs of 2013” list. Get tickets to the show here and watch them perform “Always Forever” from their WFUV Session below.

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Photo Recap: Chris Stamey at World Cafe Live

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Chris Stamey of The dBs played World Cafe Live Upstairs on on Sunday night, performing with a string section on his tour in support of the new full length Lovesick Blues. Check out a photo recap of the show in the gallery above. Stamey recently performed with the reunited dBs at XPN’s Free at Noon concert series. Listen to their set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Concert Recap: the dB’s rocked Free at Noon (photos, audio, setlist)


Today’s Free at Noon show featured the recently reunited power pop band, the dB’s. Performing in support of their first new studio release in 25 years (and touring with their original lineup for the first time in 30 years) the band joked that some of the crowd weren’t even born last time they came around. The dB’s kicked off the show with the first two tracks from the new album, “That Time is Gone” and “Before We Were Born,” then proceeded to skip around to various other new tracks, playing seven of the twelve songs on the new album. To mix up their set, the band threw in the song “Living a Lie” from their 1982 album Repurcussion. The band invited a trio of local wind instrumentalists to accompany them on two songs; when they came out to play on “Living a Lie,” the band’s founder Chris Stamey noted that the horn part for the song was written over the phone. He also dedicated a song to the city of New Orleans, as New Orleans bass player Jeff Beninato, founder of the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, collaborated with the band on their 1987 album The Sound of Music. The industry veterans certainly knew how to put on a show and, closing the show in style, drummer Will Rigby smoothly tossed his drumstick in the air, caught it, picked up his suit jacket, and coolly sauntered off stage with his band mates in tow. The full set list of the dB’s performace is listed below; listen to the band’s full Free at Noon set here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →