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Tue 6/19: Theresa Andersson at Schubas
Singer-songwriter Theresa Andersson is a native Swede, but she's spent more than half her life in the Big Easy. According to Peter Margasak, though, on the new Street Parade her Scandanavian roots come through more clearly than the music of her adopted city. Andersson recruited guests such as tuba player Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and singer Peter Moren of Peter Bjorn and John, but she handles most of the instruments herself—playing violin, guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion. Margasak writes, "The heart of the record—what makes it feel like it's from Scandinavia, not Louisiana, despite the fact that New Orleans poet Jessica Faust wrote all the lyrics—is the sweet sorrow of her voice and her predilection for minor-key pop melodies."
Tue 6/19: Old Baby at Lincoln Hall
There are several reasons why I love Louisville, and the majority overlap with what Sam Worley wrote about the Kentucky Derby city in our recent Summer Guide (i.e., bourbon). But Louisville also has a great under-the-radar music scene, one that's benefited hugely from the labors of Evan Patterson (Young Widows, Breather Resist, the National Acrobat, et cetera). The guitarist's newest supergroup/side project, Old Baby, continues his impressive streak with the EP Misunderstanding Human Behavior. Featuring former members of Phantom Family Halo and the Shipping News as well as singer-songwriter Jonathan Glen Wood, the band is another notch in Patterson's belt and a good first salvo—Old Baby has definitely got the tools.
Tue 6/19: Mount Carmel at Empty Bottle
Being stuck in the boogie-rock scene of the 70s isn't necessarily a bad thing. Peter Margasak describes the newest Mount Carmel album, Real Women, as a nod to Humble Pie, Mountain, and Montrose—only the Columbus trio doesn't get bogged down in "ponderous keyboard touches and acoustic balladry," which is definitely a plus. He goes on to write, "Guitarist and singer Matt Reed, who overdubs his own harmony vocals on the album, has a nasal, soulful voice that at its most feverish reminds me a bit of the MC5's Rob Tyner." I'm sold.