The guitar duo of Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge put on a breathtaking performance Wednesday night in Watters Theater. With dim lighting and nothing but a single microphone set up on the thrust stage, the pair played an intimate hour and a half acoustic set that had the audience on their feet cheering for more.
Lage hails from a jazz background, while Eldrige was raised on bluegrass and is a member of the acoustic bluegrass band Punch Brothers. Both influences were evident in performance, as the duo played a diverse array of songs, which Lage endearingly categorized as “Singin’ songs, fiddle types, and esoteric acoustic art songs”. The first two types had the audience tapping their toes, and a goodhearted “yeeehaww” was yelled out during one particular number, but it was the third category that really showcased the players’ virtuosity. One player would strum out some chords and keep the time, while the other would go off with fingers flying on an explosion of jazz, blues, and folk sounds. The combination was stunning, and was made even better by the silent communication between the pair. Lage and Eldridge seemed to feed off of each other’s energy, and their collective love for the music was physically palpable in the hall. The duo is currently on tour promoting their album Avalon, which was released earlier this week.
Review by Jazz Director Stephi Verhage
Posted: October 9, 2014 6:26 PM
Welcome to this week’s music you should know about in the new bin post thing.
The once and future darlings of college radio punk rock are back! Yes this month sees the return of The Dead Milkmen with their brand new one, Pretty Music For Pretty People. You really owe it to yourself to check this one out and all the history in the blue 8’s. RIYL: Mojo Nixon, Camper Van Beethoven, King Missle.
Next, there’s much (well deserved) hype around this new LP from Ex Hex, Rips. Once again Merge records serves up a killer new-old sound. RIYL: Shannon & The Clams, Sleater-Kinney, Veruca Salt.This month sees the sophomore release from Portland’s own Wampire, Bazaar. Check out the debut single “The Amazing Heart Attack”. Out now from our friends at Polyvinyl. RIYL: Beaches, Smith Westerns, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
The much anticipated Julian Casablancas & The Voids album Tyranny comes into the new bin this week. Check out “Where No Eagles Fly” right here. RIYL: The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Skaters.
Also new in this month is the new single from TV On The Radio. Download the extended mix of “Happy Idiot” here below. RIYL: tUnE yArDs, Yeasayer, Menomena.
“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” -Andrea Gibson
Doc Sonic on behalf of the promo team
Thank you to Hachiko for the guest appearance and his Bad Haiku Promo for the Mad Trivia Party to kick off the eight o’clock hour!
1. Werewolves of London—Warren Zevon
2. Fly to the Angels—Slaughter (dedicated to Aunt Peg, RIP)
3. All Shook Up—Elvis Presley
4. Marching On—The Alarm
5. Lodi—Credence Clearwater Revival
6. Should I Stay or Should I Go—The Clash
7. Bust a Move—Young MC
8. Ace of Spades—Motorhead
9. Synchronicity I—The Police
10. Dark Lady—Cher
11. Come on Eileen—Dexy’s Midnight Runners
12. When I’m Sixty-Four—The Beatles
14. Tears of a Clown—Smokey Robinson
15. Long Tall Sally—Little Richard
16. She Drives Me Crazy—Fine Young Cannibals
17. Get Down Tonight—KC & the Sunshine Band
18. White Wedding—Billy Idol (dedicated to Ducky)
19. Stop Your Crying—Bob Mould
20. I Ran—A Flock of Seagulls
21. 99 Luftballons (German version)—Nena
22. Summertime Blues—Blue Cheer
23. Come and Get It—Badfinger
24. Metro Polka—The Pinetoppers (feat. the Beaver Valley Sweethearts)
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
All In – Lifehouse
Roller Coaster – Luke Bryan
Something In The Water – Carrie Underwood
Rain Is A Good Thing – Luke Bryan
Steal My Girl – One Direction
Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
I’ll Remember You – Skid Row
Ride Wit Me – Nelly
Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) – Aaron Carter
Stop – Spice Girls
Say You’ll Be There – Spice Girls
Kerosene – Miranda Lambert
What You Know – Two Door Cinema Club
Hang Me Up To Dry – Cold War Kids
Japanese Eyes – Kitten
Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
Pseudologia Fantastica – Foster The People