As a member of instrumental post-rock trio Dirty Three, drummer Jim White has had a hand in defining the genre for over two decades now, along with a long career of touring with artists such as Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and numerous others. George (or Giorgos in his native Greek) Xylouris is an internationally recognized master of the laouto, a long-neck form of lute native to his home in Crete. The two began working together as Xylouris White in 2013, releasing their debut album Goats in 2014 and topping the Billboard World Music chart in November of that year. The project turned out not to be a one-off, as the duo returned late last year with Black Peak, their second album together. Last week, they made a tour stop in Baltimore at the Metro Gallery.
Baltimore’s Arbouretum released their fifth album, Coming Out of the Fog, in early 2013, and after a year of touring in support of it, announced in 2014 that they were going on “indefinite hiatus” while members pursued other projects. For many bands, that’s a death knell, one from which they never return, but fans didn’t need to worry. Frontman Dave Heumann released his first solo album, Here in the Deep, last year, a record that was very obviously his work while still exploring new directions. Meanwhile, the band returned tentatively, playing a couple of local Baltimore festivals in 2015. This year, however, the band announced a full return, with a show at the Metro Gallery and a new album in the process of being recorded.
Although they only existed for six years and released three albums in their original run, The Chameleons were one of the most influential bands of the British post-punk movement in the 1980s. A brief reunion in 2000 resulted in one new album and a pair of acoustic releases re-recording the band’s classic tracks, but dissolved in acrimony and in-fighting after only a couple of years. More recently, singer and bassist Mark Burgess has been touring as Chameleons Vox, performing the band’s catalog with a rotating cast of musicians backing him. Last week, the band came to the Metro Gallery in Baltimore on their “Farewell Tour” as Burgess intends to cut back on the regular touring schedule.