Simply Richard: Versus frontman plays rare solo gig

New York — I won’t say that I’m old, but really–I have slowed down a bit. For one thing, I rarely go out mid-week anymore for a gig, let alone for a reading and music showcase. And on any given evening in the dead of winter, the call of my comfy, warm bed has grown more enticing than any night-time jaunt.

But about two weeks ago, word filtered through the grapevine (aka, Facebook) that Richard Baluyut was playing a rare solo set.

Yes, THE Richard Baluyut, frontman of longtime indie rock legend Versus.

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Alfa @ The Sidewalk Cafe

A few weeks ago, I attended Alfa’s CD release show for her latest album, Second Skin.  The back room of the Sidewalk Cafe is an intimate space (with a freezing draft) that was well suited for Alfa’s set, even with her full band in tow.

After a quick line check, the band launched straight into “Don’t Write Your Goodbyes,” a mid-tempo jaunty tune.  Dave Dodds (drums) and Jon McElroy (bass) held down a solid rhythm to support Alfa’s vocals and guitar.  Backing vocals from Laura Dadap helped give the show an upbeat energy and personality.  Also joining the group for a few numbers was Alfa’s sister Faye.  Called up onto stage by a sisterly, “Hey, poopface!”, Faye lent her skills as a pianist for the performance of the new album’s title track.

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John Park: We’re rooting for you!

I don’t really watch American Idol.  But there’s a guy named John Park who sounds phenomental.  Check out his audition here:

I suppose it’s a little weird that everyone keeps commenting on how “surprised” they are at his voice.  I guess William Hung’s legacy still haunts the American Idol audition rooms… But aside from that (and Shania’s obsession with his “bottom end” and his “lips”), the man can sing.

John Park, you’ve got my vote.