For real country lovers
Country aficionados may prioritize "funny" redneck lyrics,
faithfulness to genre, songs about God and trucks, etc., but a
nice voice and a bitchin' fiddle carry a band a long way in my
This is why I love the Meat Purveyors.
They definitely fall into the Good Country pile,
as well as the Good Bluegrass pile, since elements
of both genres are in their music.
The band is tight - their guitar pickin' and
fiddlin' will blow your mind, especially in their
auctioneer-fast cover of Lou Reed's "What Goes
On." And female lead vocalist Jo Walston is
pleasantly nostalgic of early Dolly Parton, but
sounds neither over-the-top nor forced.
As for their lyrics, they are well on par with
their talent. They sing about love, rock stars,
feminism and being addicted to truck-driver
speed - and they're clever, smart and funny
_ Monday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m.
First Avenue's 7th Street Entry, 701 1st Ave. N.
Break beat-infused psychedelic Sound Tribe Sector 9 is
coming to town to put on one of their phenomenal live shows.
Incorporating a heavy dose of Mayan mysticism with tape
loops, instrumental funk, groove improvisation, jazz grooves,
textural drones and dance beats, Sound Tribe is a highly original
act that needs to be heard very loud and very much in person.
_ Tuesday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m.
Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N.
Finally, the proper occasion to debut the thigh-high, faux-croc
boots so cruelly shut away in my closet.
Purchased during a mad pregnancy-induced shopping spree
(it was the third trimester, and I couldn't handle the tummyexpanders
or "Baby on Board" crap any longer),
the black boots come complete with metal buckles
snaking their way up the side and heels not
meant to be walked more than a dozen feet in.
They're exactly the kind of boots I would
have killed for when I was 14. But now it's been
nearly a year since I bought them, and I still
haven't had any place or occasion to wear them.
I suppose I could wear them when I pick my son
up after school, but he's just old enough that the
other kids might pick on him for having a mother
who dresses like a whore.
Thus I was really excited to hear about the
upcoming "Karnevil Noir" shindig at First
Besides being a good place to get your inner freak on, the
show features top-notch national and local talent, including tribal
industrial group Apocalypse Theatre. The nomadic band's
new release, "Lost in America," is a musical odyssey of love,
tragedy, triumph and escape and it chronicles the band's various
incarnations in various locations throughout the past decade.
The band is also famous for its annual summer "Burning Man"
shows in Nevada; they play to thousands of people from atop a
mobile fire-breathing Mad Max vehicle/stage.
Also playing will be Kontrol Panel (featuring former members
of Brick Layer Cake, The Evidents and Flybussen), the
power trio of Autonomy, Dr. Farrago's Sin-ergystic Theatre ("A
21st Century Burlesque Circus") and many other wonderful acts
well worth getting out the boots for.