Calexico are unique in today’s indie music scene. The Tucson, Arizona-based band blends rock and roll and Americana with influences of the American Southwest and the Mexican border, in particular from the Tejano and Mariachi traditions, to create a sound that is all their own and instantly recognizable. Core members Joey Burns and John Convertino have been at it for quite some time now, with over two decades in the band under their belts. They released The Thread That Keeps Us, their ninth regular album (not counting their many EPs, self-released side projects, soundtracks, and live albums over the years), earlier this year to universal critical acclaim. Their tour brought them to Washington, DC on Friday, where they played at the Lincoln Theatre to a dedicated crowd of fans.
Ryley Walker released his third album of psychedelic folk rock, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, earlier this year. The album continues his John Martyn-meets-Van Morrison-meets-The Grateful Dead retro sound with eight new nostalgia-laden tracks. Walker has been touring in support of the album since, and last week he made a stop at DC9.
Spotify may be winning the streaming wars, but with a new round of rights negotiations ahead, will they be stopped in their tracks by the labels.
Chicago's Ryley Walker makes guitar music. Heady guitar music. On his latest album, Golden Sings That Have Been Song, we take yet another trip into the cosmos searching for answers that we may never find.
Sylvan Esso is back AF. Witness their new single "Radio". Rejoice.
Singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt writes the kind of tranquil, meditative folk music that feels equally at home on a snowy winter afternoon or a calm summer evening. Her music has a retro feel to it, steeped as it is in the influences of artists such as Karen Dalton or Vashti Bunyan, yet like those artists it is so far removed from the tropes of anything that might be considered “popular” that it feels almost timeless. Her sophomore album, On Your Own Love Again, released on Drag City at the beginning of the year, continues down the musical path that she started on with her self-titled first album in 2012. Last Thursday evening, she brought this new album to the Rock and Roll Hotel.
On our latest podcast, we check in on Boston noise rockers, Pile, and their new album You’re Better Than This, then take a long, strange trip with Chicago-based songwriter/guitarist Ryley Walker and his latest van-worthy collection of jams, Primrose Green.
PLUS! Kanye West may have been pegged to headline this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival, but all may not be well in the land of yeezy. NINETY THOUSAND signatures stong and counting, a petition launched last week by a group of dissatisfied music fans seeks to convince the organizers that soon to be Dr. West may not be the right fit for this annual musical throw-down. Will they prevail? Should Kanye back out? Are music festivals even worth it anymore? We ponder these questions and more on Episode 109 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
Nick Drake; Tim Buckley; Steve Gunn; Bert Jansch; Damien Jurado at a Dead show; English garden-folk on a wee hit of acid.
Why You Should Care:
Painting in bold strokes of jazz-tinged psychedelia and lo-fi folk, the music of Chicago’s Ryley Walker isn’t so much a throwback as it is an extension of a scene that, depending on what side of the bong you’re on, either felt eternally out of place and time, or made perfect sense alongside your incense, peppermint and wall-to-wall tapestries.