Josiah Johnson & Charity Rose Thielen (photo by Catherine Maldonado)
The Head and the Heart energetically performed their travel-weary, pop-folk pastoral songs where roads, bridges and streams are so prevalent you’d think they wandered back to the city after a few years with some woodland creatures. Many of the songs are geared to the high schooler looking to take “a year off to travel” before college who ends up broke in a small town romanticizing the life they had before. Someone’s always leaving or missing or being missed. Surely “Rivers and Roads” will be the indie student vote for graduation song of the year. (more…)
Stephen Malkmus (photo by Catherine Maldonado)
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks played a tight, laid-back set Saturday night at The Royale in Boston. The setlist relied mostly on new material from their current album Mirror Traffic, a solid collection of Malkmus’ complacent lyrics accompanied by catchy tunes.
Rudolph Valentino is not amused
If you and everyone you knew had to make a list of what you thought were the top five most covered songs, nobody would guess “The Sheik of Araby.” The song was written in 1921 by Harry Beasley Smith, Francis Wheeler, and Ted Snyder and to date has been published in over 100 recordings.