Review: Totally biased folk rock music edition

O brave new world, that has such legislation in it! There are so many things I want to write about right now — naturally, because I have homework (!!) and nothing gets my creative juices flowing like avoiding stuff with a deadline.

This morning Twitter greeted me with Coheed and Cambria singing Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinions on the ACA and same-sex marriage. Which I can’t embed because WordPress doesn’t like Funny or Die’s video player, so click on the image below or the link in the last sentence to go to the video.

Screencap via AltPress.

Screencap via AltPress.

Bearded dudes with guitars and tight harmonies are kind of my jam, so I figured I’d take this opportunity to plug a couple of friends who are also creating music that fits that description precisely.

Nicholas Mudd
Check it out if you like: 
Old Crow Medicine Show, Christian Kane’s down-tempo stuff, early Bob Dylan
Personal favorite: “Tell Me Girl” (So fare thee well, I guess I’ll see you in hell / And I hope you’re doing alright)

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Creative endeavors worth checking out

I have a few posts in the pipeline, but I wanted to take a minute to direct your attention to the awesome creative work of other people first! I am lucky enough to know loads and loads of people who do amazing work, and you should check them out:

Princess BusinessPrincess Business

If you’re in the mood for some goofy, edgy humor, quirky female leads, and a funhouse look at the life of a working actress/entertainer, check out Princess Business. Written, directed, and starring a bunch of friends of mine, this is a new webseries about the trials and travails of a pair of princesses-for-hire. It’s frequently raunchy and silly, filled with pop culture references and 20-something hijinks, and showcases the developing talents of its cast and crew.

Princess Business is currently raising money for its second season, so drop over to their IndieGoGo page and help support young artist and lady-centric media!

PigPen Theatre CoPigPen Theatre Co.’s National Tour

Saturday night I had the great pleasure of seeing PigPen (a group that you may have noticed I like a lot) kick off their first national tour at the Barboza right here in Seattle, with opening act the Tragic Thrills. They’re heading to basically every part of the country over the next six weeks, including playing the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, and sharing a ticket with Sir Mix-A-Lot in Tucson, AZ.

The PigPen boys are mad talented, and they are great fun to watch live — funny and witty, delivering a fast-moving show with many of their best songs from their albums and several new ones. Their choral harmonies are great recorded, but they’re even better live.

And last night they ended with the Band’s “The Weight,” a song that they seem to have been born to cover, and you should not miss that if it is at all within your power. Check out the schedule; if you live near a major city, it’s almost guaranteed they’re coming to a venue near you. Then you, too, can say that you saw these guys in a tiny venue before they got big (and expensive) (although given that they already won a bunch of awards off-Broadway it may be too late to say you saw them before they got big) (your mileage may vary).

Photo by Fred Burmer, Burmer Music LLC.

Photo by Fred Burmer, Burmer Music LLC.

Dante’s Inferno: The Ballet

This is a somewhat after-the-fact plug, but as many of you know, I spent the last year and a half working as a production assistant/social media supervisor/webmaster/assistant stage manager for Burmer Music’s new ballet, Dante’s Inferno, and its companion pieces Demeter and Persephone and Sacred and Profane, all produced in collaboration with Ballet Bellevue and Tice Dance Works. After two years of work on the part of the whole production team, we finally performed last weekend at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with such incredibly talented, dedicated dancers, and to have the chance to be involved with a world premiere of such a unique project. You can get the music through CDBaby and check out production stills at the Facebook page, and hopefully soon you’ll be able to get video of the performances as well.

Music reviews: “The Way I’m Running” and “The Electric Lady”

PigPen Theatre Co., The Way I’m Running

So last year around October 6-8, I was in New York on my way to Seattle via Spain, and while there I got to see PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and the Old Moon. It was really exciting to me that this year, almost exactly a year from when I saw PigPen live, they released a new album of music — just in time for my birthday, no less.

Important disclaimer: these excellent dudes graduated with me in CMU’s School of Drama Class of 2011, so I’m not a totally unbiased reviewer. That said, these guys are some of the most talented artists, storytellers, and musicians I’ve ever experienced, and even if I didn’t know them I’d be stanning for them.

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