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March 31, 2015

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His Name Is Alive @ Dan’s Silverleaf

When: Tuesday, March 31
Where: Dan’s Silverleaf
Times: Doors: 8:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: Advanced: $15 | All-Ages

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Essentially, His Name Is Alive make simple music in a complex way and make it sound incredibly simple’ – Melody Maker, 1997
It all began in 1990. Ivo received a cassette in the mail from basement auteur Warren Defever of Livonia, Michigan. It bore the hand-scrawled label: ‘His Name Is Alive – I Had Sex With God’. Over the next few months, two more versions of the tape showed up, each loaded with strange variations on the material from previous efforts, which multi-instrumentalist Defever had recorded in conjunction with singer Karin Oliver and drummer Damian Lang. Intrigued by this avalanche of painstakingly layered music, Ivo offered to try mixing it. He went into the studio with John Fryer and messed around with the tapes. Warren liked the results, and the finished product became His Name Is Alive’s 4AD debut Livonia – a textured, artful maze of found sounds, guitar-noise, tape loops and ghostly vocals.

Ivo played much the same role in the making of His Name Is Alive’s second album, Home Is In Your Head, released in 1991. Beginning with a pile of tapes sent to him by Defever, he proceeded to edit and mix the material – sometimes making songs out of fragments, sometimes breaking songs down into their component parts. The resulting 23-track opus was a surrealist collage of intangible feelings that flowed organically from start to finish.
Date: March 31, 2015 8:00 pm

April 20, 2015

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Caitlin Rose / Andrew Combs

When: Monday, April 20
Where: Dan’s Silverleaf
Times: Doors: 8:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: Advanced: $8 | All-Ages

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Exploring your emotions can make for a good song, but it’s shining light on those which plague us all that builds the backbone of the truly great ones. Coupled with tireless melodies that seep into the small spaces between your bones; it’s the kind of music that brings on little movements when life has gotten too stiff. This is what Caitlin Rose does best. Her lyrics — visceral, illustrative, witty and wry — are pieces of stories that examine matters of the heart through a unique lens that makes us all see a bit more clearly: from the loneliness of relationships, to palpable dissolving human connectivity, to the loss of love with none of the melodrama. At her core, Nashville’s Rose is a storyteller and a song-crafter who is more interested in what’s being produced than how it helps her along the way.
Though much of her acclaimed debut “Own Side Now” was personally-inspired, what stood out most was its ability to paint a picture and tell a near-cinematic story, from the simultaneous last puffs of both cigarette and relationship, to the delightfully seedy characters pocketed in a coin-toss on the streets of New York City. With her follow-up, “The Stand-In,” Rose seems more interested in telling tales than spilling confessionals. “It feels more compelling to live through a song than it did having already lived it,” she says. “The Stand-In” is a journey down a road she’s always wanted to take: the path of the story-song. One track, “Pink Champagne,” inspired by a Joan Didion short essay, accounts for the desperate, short-lived passions of a Vegas wedding. The emotions stem from both protagonists, but are dissected and recounted by the watchful eye of the chapel or some honest observer from within. This collection of songs seems bent on investigating relationships from different perspectives; male and female, young and old, left and leaving, but they all tackle the bitter farewells, romantic misunderstandings and endless responsibilities in life. Using fibers of her fringe country roots and the bold musical capabilities of fellow producers/co-writers, Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle), “The Stand-In” seamlessly melds pedal steel guitar with restless pop beats, creating lush instrumentals that build on the more spare construction of “Own Side Now.” “These songs are all based in sentiment. We wrote the stories to convey a feeling.” The result is infinitely more universal.

Rose doesn’t like to categorize her music, but like the great songwriters of our time, what she creates is beyond easy classification. While she often mentions core influences like Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan and Patsy Cline, she’s constantly absorbing books, movies, cultural ticks: when explaining her writing style, she pulls a quote from famed 1930′s daredevil, Karl Wallenda who said, “being on the wire is life; the rest is just waiting.” The quote is referenced in Bob Fosse’s 1979 semi-autobiographical film, “All That Jazz.” The film was written and directed by the famed choreographer turned director whose colorful personality and editorial brilliance became a lead inspiration in the making of “The Stand-In.” In the context of the scene in which it’s used, the quote comes off as a bit of a put-on, but somehow rings true for ‘slave to show-biz’ character Joe Gideon; and Rose as well for whom, all paths lead to the song. Much like Fosse, she tends to describe her work as restrained and deliberate, something evident on “Own Side Now.” Though for “The Stand-In,” she’s taken a few leaps outside her comfort zone, making the result, as she puts it, something like a “first attempt at a high kick.”

Date: April 20, 2015 8:00 pm