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
Aerodynamic – Daft Punk – Rollercoaster – Bleachers
Au Revoir – OneRepublic
Life is Life – Noah and the Whale – Animal Arithmetic – Jonsi
Burning Bridges – OneRepublic
Blindsided – Bon Iver
Baleen Morning – Balmorhea
Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart – Bodysnatchers – Radiohead
Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Avengers – Alan Silverstri
One Minute More – Capital Cities – Black and Gold – Sam Sparro
Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
Dragon Racing – John Powell
Learn Me Right – Birdy feat. Mumford and Sons – Everything Is Not Lost – Coldplay
Bitter Sweet Symphony (Extended) – Verve
Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
Sly and the Family Stone – Underdog
Booker T. and the M.G.s – Something
Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun
Jimi Hendrix – Red House
Cannonball Adderley – Salty Dogs
Jean-Luc Ponty – Gardens of Babylon
Natural Esscence – Had No Beginning, Has No End, Simply is
Fela Kuti – Let’s Start
Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around with Jim—>Tomorrow’s Gonna Be a Brighter Day
Lonnie Smith – Falling in Love
Grateful Dead – Box of Rain
Van Morrison – Hound Dog
Neil Young – Harvest—>A Man Needs a Maid
The Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin’