. : : April 1st, 2013 : : .
Upon disbanding his band, Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan decided to pursue a very different sort of solo career. Casting off the punk rock genre that had defined much of the previous thirteen years of his career, he focused on dabbling in acoustic / folk music.
OK, maybe dabble isn’t the right word? What would you call it when someone creates a large travelling show of punk rock singers sharing the stage as they perform exclusively on acoustic instruments? As per Wikipedia, Ragan “conceptualized the idea of The Revival Tour, a collaborative acoustic event featuring several punk rock, bluegrass, and alt-country performers [to bring music] to people in an extremely honest and grassroots fashion.”
Knowing little about Ragan or the vast majority of his guests on the 2013 North America rendition of the tour, this is the kind of event that would normally fly by unseen on my radar. That is, except Ragan brought out a little old singer/songwriter by the name of Rocky Votolato on these dates.
. : : February March 29th, 2010 : : .
Hey! Here’s a throwback to a rare HaterHigh video recording. It was previously posted on the site as a RAR achive with the DVD files — but now you can stream it thanks to my friend and yours, YouTube! Check it out.
© Julie Lavelle
. : : February 9th, 2014 : : .
I’ve seen every Maria Taylor show performed in Toronto for the last seven years. So, although I haven’t taped a proper live show for almost a year due to gear malfunctions (the mic people blame the recorder, the recorder people blame the mics, and both will charge me an arm and a leg to verify their claims), I was compelled to break the unfortunate streak and had back out to the beautiful Drake Hotel (who, by the way, are celebrating ten years of awesome-iversary!) with minimal equipment.
I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I’ve only recorded a full band live on my Edirol’s built in microphones once before, years ago at the Dakota Tavern but, after spending the afternoon helping my brother move into his new apartment, I headed out with just the recorder and the lightly used batteries held within anyway.