i ain't leavin'/though i know i should

I had the opportunity to see Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps play one of the last shows of their current tour last night at The Hideout in Chicago last night. After the final note of her final song played, I found myself struggling to lift my jaw off the floor, wipe the sweat off my brow, and even begin to comprehend what I had just witnessed. CSATGS at The Hideout 5/31/13

Anyone who has followed my blog since the beginning knows I'm a big fan of Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to see them live. They brought a full 6 piece for this tour, and my god was it stunning. Caroline is an incredible performer - it took a total of about 5 seconds of her soul-searching, rafter-rattling voice to stun the whole audience into a glassy-eyed silence.

She moves from what almost sounds like 90's R&B to heart wrenching 60s era soul with incredible fluidity, and I felt so grateful to be in the room at what I can only imagine will be her last time playing a venue that size, because I have to tell you - with what I saw last night they should be easily selling out Lincoln Hall the next time they come around.

Caroline announced that they were working on recording their new album, which hopefully should be coming out this fall. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for this record, especially for those beautiful fall nights, sitting on the porch with this record on sounds about as perfect as it gets.

Check out the videos for 'Child of Moving On' and 'Lack of Height' below, and keep your eyes on this one guys, this is a show I won't forget.


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i would never write another song/i would never say another prayer

So, May is a pretty awesome month. I mean, other than it's 38 degrees and freezing rain. But I mean, otherwise, May is a pretty awesome month. May/June









That's a whole lot of feelings right there. And a whole lot of dancing, clapping, and singing along. You should come. You really should.


In the meantime, Heather over at Fuel/Friends released an incredible Spring mix today. Go to Fuel/Friends now and download it for free.


Also, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps posted this video with their tour announcement today. Wow. Wow.

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Laura Marling played her new single 'Master Hunter' on Jools Holland this past week. She's getting more and more expansive in her talent as she ages (she's 23). Check this out:

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I ran into Shane Leonard of Kalispell last night at the S. Carey show. Reminded me to remind you of how good his album that came out last year is. It's really a perfect soundtrack for this time of year. Go to his Bandcamp after you listen to this song and buy it. Then sit back with a beer, and enjoy.

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As to that S. Carey show. Breathless. Almost speechless. So frequently when I find myself listening to music I find myself having an intellectual reaction, realizing how poignant lyrics are, then getting swept away in the undercurrent of guitar, or piano, or violin. With S. Carey, it's so much the opposite. His music is a rapidly expanding river of vastness and possibility exploding from behind my ribcage as I try not to weep and shout with joy at the same time. It is so deeply visceral, and so connected to the Earth, there's an inescapable, very palpable almost aura-like quality in the room when he plays. If you have a chance to see him, please do go. This a cell phone video from last night, but hopefully it gives you some idea of how powerful it was.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBzGuqBaOvE&w=560&h=315]


I'll leave you with that, my friends - and I hope to see you out and about this lovely May. Especially once the weather actually catches up.