Best of 2014: Roman Gokhman’s favorite shows

Photo by Paige K. Parsons Last year I predicted I would never see as many concerts as I did in 2013, and I was right. Having two kids can do that to any guy, even a music journalist. From 64 shows the previous year, I was only able to attend 40 in 2014. That number will probably drop again next year. In judging what I enjoyed most, I decided to grade based on my favorites rather than the “best.” This is a subjective list, so I’m not going to try to decide who performed best. As in previous years, I set [...]

Interview: Augustines charting new course beyond heartbreak with new album

It’s the tail-end of December, and Augustines’ singer-guitarist Billy McCarthy is on the road, about to embark on a solo road trip from Texas into the deeper South, hoping to end up somewhere in the Caribbean. Since the band broke from its touring cycle for 2011 debut, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, McCarthy has travelled to far-flung places like Kenya, Turkey and locales in Asia. Rise, which piqued the interest of fans and critics alike, was in many ways a grandiose, heart-breaking work that dealt with heavy topics such as the suicide of McCarthy’s mother — who lost her son to [...]

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