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
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Bad Blood – Bastille
Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
Get Your Freak On – Missy Elliot
Shake It Fast – Mystikal
This Is Halloween – Jack Skellington
Everybody – Backstreet Boys
Poison – Bell Biv DeVoe
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
Talk Dirty To Me – Poison
Barracuda – Heart
I Want Candy – Aaron Carter
Disturbia – Rhianna
Black Cat – Mayday Parade
Work Work – Britney Spears
Toxic – Britney Spears
Rich Girl – Louchie Lou and Michie One
Dude – Beanie Man ft. Ms. Thing
Dude – Beanie Man ft. Ms. Thing
1) Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead- The Fifth Estate
2) Psycho Killer- Talking Heads
3) Halloween Blues- The Fratellis
4) Sympathy for the Devil- The Rolling Stones
5) Howlin’ For You- The Black Keys
6) Hudson- Vampire Weekend
7) Brain Damage- Pink Floyd
8) Time of the Season- The Zombies
9) The Dead Can’t Testify- Billy Talent
10) The Killing Moon- Echo and the Bunnymen
11) Hysteria- Muse
12) Welcome to the Black Parade- My Chemical Romance
13) People Are Strange- The Doors