Already, this has been a long week. I'm putting finishing touches on the last issue of Idaho Arts Quarterly for which I will serve as editor. The summer issue will be heralded with the roll out of a new and improved edition and I'm excited to see how it looks. Long-time IAQ and BW contributor Katy Dang will sit in the captain's seat as the new IAQ editor bringing a wealth of new ideas to the table. I will continue in my role as BW A&E editor and will assist Katy in any way that I can in her new endeavor.
I caught Philadelphia punk band the A.K.A.'s at the Venue on Monday. They played a few tunes off their upcoming new release Everybody Make Some Noise! and plenty songs off their last Fueled By Ramen release. It was such a fun show and after interviewing lead singer Mike Ski, it was great to meet him in person. He's adorable and has a great sense of humor as well as a terrific stage presence.
Last night, I saw the Drive-By Truckers for the first time (the blurry photo is of them). They played the Big Easy, a venue that offers big sound in a relatively intimate setting. The show looked sold out and although I heard someone who works there say it wasn't anywhere close, I can't imagine what it would have looked like if it had been. Too many more bodies, and we would have had to take turns rocking out in shifts. The DBTs are an amazing band and though they have clear influences from the likes of Tom Petty, they have turned those influences into a sound oftheir own. It was a very cool show and I'm glad to now be a member of the group of people who've seen them (though most of them have known how utterly groovy the band is all along).
Atkins out (of energy).