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  • Ani DiFranco still percussive, socially conscious 3/24/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Though lifestyle has drastically changed for Grammy-winning folk singer Ani DiFranco, becoming a parent has not changed her outlook as a politically charged, socially conscious lyricist. Now forty-five, ...

  • TV on the Radio: All in the name 3/24/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The formula of art + rock + soul = TV on the Radio—a beacon of light in a tidal wave of bands that don’t fit neatly into any one box. The Brooklyn quartet’s fifth studio album in 2011, Nine T...

  • KHOL reaches fundraising goal, celebrates with Foxygen 3/24/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Jackson Hole Community Radio (KHOL 89.1 FM) has not only blossomed into an integral part our local music scene, but also as a community resource, a representation of local culture, and a somewhat unpre...

  • Mandy Rowden's Bad Habits 3/24/15

    Singer-songwriter Mandy Rowden was one of the hardest working musicians that I met during my time in Austin, Texas. The songstress and multi-instrumentalist, who also founded and runs the successful instructional school Girl Guitar Austin, just release...

  • The Rendezvous Fest takeover: Robert Earl Keen, Mix Master Mike, Franti, Lukas Nelson, Screen Door Porch... 3/17/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Rendezvous Fest Schedule **All Shows are free Thursday, March 19 (Tram Stage, 3 p.m.) – Screen Door Porch Friday, March 20 (Jackson Town Square Stage, 5 p.m.) – Robert Earl Keen, Jason Spooner...

  • Under the Tram Series + Rendezvous Fest 3/3/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Music Under the Tram & Rendezvous Fest Lineup 2015 **All shows are free and begin at 3 p.m. on the Tram Stage at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort unless noted Saturday, March 7 – One Ton Pig Saturda...

  • Dirty Birds late night at The Trap 2/25/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Soul queen Arleigh Kincheloe, a.k.a Sister Sparrow, commands the stage with body language that is both sly and stirring, coupled with a boundless voice that draws you into her infectious smolder. Sister...

  • West Coast triple hop: Zion I, Los Rakas & Locksmith 2/25/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The underground movement of DIY-minded, independent emcees in the Bay Area has somewhat faded since Zion I arose from the scene nearly twenty years ago. Though lacking the mainstream success they sought...

  • Big band polyrhythms 2/18/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Hard driving Afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk via septet Polyrhythmics is of the Fela Kuti nature, modernized by an Antibalas-type hypnotic flare, though perhaps best compared to other all-ins...

  • Get higher with Galactic 2/18/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Galactic’s new single “Higher and Higher,” features JJ Grey, which seems like a match made in swamp-funk heaven. Though the country’s most road-dedicated funk band plays the Tetons once a year, ...

  • Billygoats gruff 2/18/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Often rollicking and whiskey-drenched, progressive psychobilly folk-grass Boise band, Jonathan Warren & The Billygoats have a certain spark fire that demands a listen. This is not the squeaky clean ...

  • Escovedo—the perfect Valentine’s show 2/14/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Multi-faceted musical artist Alejandro Escovedo recently played his hometown’s biggest stage, Austin City Limits (ACL), for the third year in a row. But, this time it was different. During a recent ho...

  • Double Down with Ugly Valley Boys 1/28/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Vintage processes—whether a classic songwriting style, amplifying an electric guitar, or the blowing and bending of neon glass—are often developed from years of trial and error, leaving future gener...

  • Jon Wayne brings the Pain 1/28/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) There’s a lot of passion in Jon Wayne’s voice. Not the film star Wayne, but the sharp shooter for Minneapolis-based reggae-dub trio Jon Wayne and The Pain. The band has transitioned from up-and-comi...

  • Therapy Q&A with The New Mastersounds 1/21/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) With the utmost respect for the pocket, English funk/jazz-fusion quartet The New Mastersounds have persevered the U.S. tour circuit for a decade now. They garner a high-degree of respect within an ins...

  • Soul pop standout Marc Cohn 1/13/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Well-known for his 1991 adult contemporary hit “Walking in Memphis,” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has released five studio albums in his career. His most recent release, 2010’s Liste...

  • Pinky at the Pink Garter 1/13/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Jackson is a magnet for tribute bands. Talking Heads, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, AC/DC, and multiple Johnny Cash acts (Cash’d Out plays Friday at Town Square Tavern) have all found a ...

  • Minor at the Moose 1/13/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Minor—the husband-and-wife led indie-folk quintet from the Los Angeles area—instantly reminds this listener of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, yet with a less layered, acoustic-driven sound. T...

  • Jason Boland & Cody Canada: Rollin’ in the Red Dirt 1/7/15

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2940" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jason Boland & The Strangers[/caption] If American Red Dirt and Texas Country are unfamiliar colors, leave it to Jason Boland & th...

  • New Year's Eve in Jackson Hole 2014-2015! 12/30/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Teton County will bid farewell to 2014 with an overly deep snow base (174" and counting), and an equally dense showing of music options to ring in 2015. From laidback jazz bars to the row...

  • McMurtry brings Complicated Game 12/30/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) An artist that lives by the sentiment “It is not our job to be loved, it’s our job to be remembered,” Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry’s schedule doesn’t push beyond the Te...

  • Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons cook up debut "Breakfast" 12/17/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) The lead track, “Forgotten Lullabies,” from Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons’s debut studio album, Breakfast, opens with a deeply grooving funk melody akin to a Robert Walter’s ...

  • The debut of Songwriter's Alley 12/9/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Over the last decade, Jackson’s local music scene has gradually accumulated more songwriters and more bands performing original music. And for much of that time, there’s been a shor...

  • Sally Rod dives into Beck’s Song Reader Songbook 12/9/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Driggs-based multi-instrumentalist David Bundy has been a go-to band member in a lot of Teton County bands over the years—bassist for Chanman Roots Band and Calle Mambo, drummer for his o...

  • Grooving, World-influenced Gyspy Lumberjacks 12/9/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) There’s a particular flair to Minneapolis-based Americana band Gypsy Lumberjacks, a name that more-or-less describes their sound well. Earthy percussion pulses varying grooves to a spatte...

  • Sodapop’s riff for rockabilly 12/6/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Though Wyatt “Sodapop” Lowe is still in his teens, hearing him croon a vintage ‘50s rockabilly cut while wailing on a classic Gretsch electric guitar would lead you to believe he’s been a perfor...

  • Brother Mule reunites, invites Dowling 11/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Renaissance man Ben Winship has performed nearly every year on the Dornan’s stage since 1988, an era in which his mainstream bluegrass group Loose Ties began playing annual Christmas shows at the intima...

  • Digital music streaming: the free ride is waning 11/18/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2831" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Black Keys comment on Spotify owner: "He's richer than Paul McCartney, and he's thirty, and he's never written a song."[/caption] Do y...

  • You bring the SHOVELS & I'll get the ROPE 11/11/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Throwing back a beer with Cary Ann Hearst in Charleston, South Carolina at the Tin Roof in 2010, Shovels & Rope was not yet the chosen band name of her project with now-husband, Michael Trent. Thi...

  • Marshall Tucker Band, Shark Week, Wood Smoke Rising to play 74th Annual Fireman's Ball 11/11/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2804" align="alignleft" width="439"] Shark Week[/caption] The Jackson Firefighters Association went all out in booking Southern country-rock legends Marshall Tucker Band for o...

  • Q&A with Canyon Kids + Pat Chadwick: Teton Artlab Sessions 11/4/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2786" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Canyon Kids: Bo Elledge & Dusty Nichols-Schmolze[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2787" align="alignleft" width="246"] ...

  • How to get your Halloween Freak-On in Jackson Hole 10/28/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Sure, the kids are excited, but who’s ready for adult Halloween madness? Let your alter ego take hold on one of the few nights of the year when the band is not necessarily the only stage ...

  • Horse Feathers brings chamber folk 10/28/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Not the 1932 Marx Brothers comedy film of the same name, but the prolific indie-folk ensemble Horse Feathers is coming to town, again. Delicate, chamber-folk instrumentation is matched with...

  • Paul McCartney Concert Review: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Oct.16, 2015 10/27/14

    At 72, McCartney appeared ageless at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Oct. 16. Really fun setlist here, all 2hrs+45min of it. The light show was psychedelic and the LED light mapping was mind blowing, especially during opener "Magical Mystery Tour" an...

  • Shady Rill: expanding the folk language 10/14/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) It’s the low water time of year when a rill, or brook, percolates though a canyon or babbles along the valley floor, emptying the high elevation snowpack before the onslaught of winter. Fittingly then...

  • Alex and the XO’s 10/14/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Indie-pop and alternative quintet Alex and the XO’s formed at Illinois State University in 2011. Backed by Ryan Ristucci (guitar, vocals), Trenton Perry (mandolin), Storm Angone (bass), and Joe Brande...

  • Sub Pop songstress Sera Cahoone in Pinedale 10/8/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Originally a drummer that had been writing songs on guitar since high school, thirty-nine year-old Sera Cahoone is an anomaly in the singer-songwriter world. The Sub Pop artist migrated from Colorado to S...

  • Q&A with Wyoming Public Radio's Grady Kirkpatrick 9/30/14

    (a portion of this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2712" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Grady Kirkpatrick (center) with the 2014 WYOmericana Caravan[/caption] Reflecting the colorful character of the state whil...

  • Nasty phunk in the Commons 8/20/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2700" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo: Michael Weintrob[/caption] Drawing on mastery of all of the tools that make funk music what it is, Dumpstaphunk is a self-assured, ...

  • Black Mother Jones 8/20/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Tenaciously distorted, energetic and rockin’ the roll, local quartet Black Mother Jones isn’t scared to also dip a heavy foot into modern garage-y terrain, even hip-hop. The band has flown under-the...

  • Jazz on the Green 8/20/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) For those in search of a laidback family vibe with quality local jazz in an outdoor setting, pull up to Jazz on the Green featuring pianist/vocalist Pam Drews Phillips along with vocalist Nicole Madison...

  • Targhee Bluegrass Fest celebrates #27 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2680" align="alignright" width="300"] Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott[/caption] By my acute calculations, the climax of summer music offerings is this week. Get it while it’...

  • Hayes Carll + Screen Door Porch 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Much in the same fashion that John Prine connected with blue-collar country lovers with witty displays of making light of the quirky sides of life, Hayes Carll connects with his audience through introsp...

  • The Turnpike Troubadours + Chris Knight 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) [caption id="attachment_2678" align="alignleft" width="300"] Turnpike Troubadours[/caption] This is, hands down, my favorite club bill of the summer. Two killer acts that have never played Jackson an...

  • Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Austin Latin funk/rock group Brownout has an inquisitive new endeavor, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, which has seriously caught on across the country. Their arrangements on classic Black Sabbath will...

  • Hit maker Chris Isaak 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Soft rock singer-songwriter Chris Isaak got his big break with “Wicked Game,” a song from his third album, Heart Shaped World, which was placed in the film “Wild at Heart.” Around the same time,...

  • Dirty Dozen + Sneaky Pete 8/5/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Since 1977, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by merging funk and bebop into traditional ‘Nawlins jazz, influencing most of the brass bands that followed. ...

  • Reckless Kelly + Screen Door Porch + Jeff Crosby & the Refugees 7/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Even considering that the Idaho-born Braun brothers founded Reckless Kelly in Bend, Oregon before moving to Austin in 1997, they more-or-less define the “Texas country” tag. Texas country refers to ...

  • The Motet: 7-pieces, 7 albums + The Deadlocks 7/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Feel-good Afrobeat, funk, disco and soul, The Motet has come to Jackson several times over the last ten years, though the most recent incarnation of the band has grown into it’s tightest touring unit ...

  • Polish your chops @ Targhee Music Camp 7/29/14

    (this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly) Acoustic instrumentalists still have time to register for next week’s Grand Targhee Music Camp (Aug. 4-7). Now in its 9th year, the camp represents an opportunity to get one-on-one instruction with so...