Shows: September to mid-May.

Posted in Music on May 15th, 2014 by byronkho

Since September, I’ve seen: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell, Madeon, Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose, Mord Fustang, Baam Bada, the Meta, Umer Piracha, Kaskade, CHVRCHES, Pretty Lights, MGMT, Little Green Cars, Gareth Emery, Madeon, Ghost Beach, Robin Thicke, Vampire Weekend, Avett Brothers, Manufactured Superstars, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, the Knocks, Sirah, K Flay, Icona Pop, KT Tunstall, Brian Lopez, Atoms for Peace, Sebastian Ingrosso, St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club, Morning Parade, Biffy Clyro, Aijia, Clara C, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, David Ramirez, Ellie Holcomb, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rimbo Wong (the Curtis student I help sponsor!), Song Dogs, Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko, Val de Val, Ross Bellenoit, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mount Moriah, Pine Barons, Paramore, Metric, hellogoodbye, Matrimony, the Falls, Foxes, Night Panther, Ivan & Alyosha, the Wild Feathers, Tin Horses, the Wayside Shakeup, the Smith Westerns, Lucy Stone, Roscoe Bandana, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Ali Wadsworth, Brown Sugar, Former Belle, Zoe Keating, twentyonepilots, Switchfoot, New Politics, MS MR, Perseverance Jazz Band, A Great Big World, Secret Someones, Phosphorescent, Sea Wolf, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Honey Watts, Little Silver, Mesiko, Ellie Goulding, the Last Band in Illyria, Black Horse Motel, Spirit & Dust, Reed Turner Band, Conway, Dead Professional, Oldermost, Nicole Atkins, Arc Iris, Davey Horne, Okkervil River, Typhoon, London Grammar, HAERTS, Moon Taxi, Revivalists, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Nickel Creek, Carsie Blanton, Eli Conley, the Gallerist, Secret Sisters, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show), David Tanner & Honky Tonk-o-rama, Thelma and the Sleaze, River City Tanlines, Francesca Battistelli, Jim Ed Brown, Riders in the Sky, Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, Carson Peters, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Moreno, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, Cooper and the Jam, The Cordovas, Steve Gorman and Audley Freed of the Black Crowes, Tennis, HAIM and Carrie Underwood.

In the next few months, I’ll (likely) be seeing: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, the Lumineers, Band of Horses, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Broken Bells, Band of Horses, Young the Gian, Childish Gambino, Tegan and Sara, Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, Local Natives, Ziggy Marley, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, Chance the Rapper, Kaiser Chiefs, A-Trak, the Airborne Toxic Event, Phantogram, Washed Out, Tune-Yards, Walk Off the Earth, the White Panda, American Authors, Martin Garrix, Cash Cash, G-Eazy, A Great Big World, RAC, Lucius, Smallpools, Bleachers, the Mowglis, NoNoNo, Kodaline, White Denim, Asaf Avidan, Cherub, Sir Sly, Aer, Johnnyswim, Vic Mensa, San Fermin, Geographer, Courtney Barnett, the Colourist, Wild Cub, Dan Croll, Shakey Graves, Goldroom, Wild Child, Little Comets, Magic Man, Boy & Bear, Royal Teeth, the Ceremonies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bad Things, Andrew Belle, Basic Vacation, Hunter Hunted, Misterwives, Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, the Unlikely Candidates, Bronze Radio Return, Little Daylight, Kongos, Saints of Valory, Holychild, Parade of Lights, Son Lux, Salva, Gemini Club, Step Rockets, the Griswolds, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob, Pigpen Theatre Co, the Weeks, High Highs, Caroline Glaser, Lily Mae, Courrier, Cruiser, New Sweden, Mean Lady, Christian Porter, Stop Light Observations, Breach the Summit, F. Stokes, Nothing, the Tontons, DRGN KING, Cakes da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Charliered, Downtown Club, Mike Taylor, Weekend, Khari Mateen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Head And The Heart, Bear Hands, Die Antwoord, First Aid Kit, Willy Mason, jj Grey & Mofro, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Last Chance, Diana Lawrence, PHOX, Trails & Ways, Flume, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland, Tempest, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, JohnnySwim, Rebirth Brass Band, Kwesi K, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Old Man Luedeke, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dhaka Braka, Natalie McMaster, the Oh Hellos and NEEDTOBREATHE.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S HOOTENANNY: SONGS OF SHAKESPEARE

Posted in Music on May 14th, 2014 by byronkho

Playing a gig at World Cafe Live Downstairs on July 16! Thanks to Jeffrey Barg, and looking forward to working with Gary Kurnov, David Kurnov, Jesse R. Tendler, Sarah Levine McClelland, Eric Johnson and Laura Boyce again! We’ll be doing Bard-inspired songs from Love’s Labours Lost: A New Musical (Shakespeare in Central Park 2013); Wars & Whores: The Henry IV Musical (Fringe 2011, WXPN Folk Show, I was in it.); Shakespeare in Clark Park’s The Tempest, whose composer – Sean Hoots, lead singer of Philadelphia folk band Hoots & Hellmouth – will be joining us onstage; plus much more, and we’ll be joined by many more talented actors and musicians. Buy your tickets early!

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Kat.

Posted in Music on May 14th, 2014 by byronkho

Besides the shows this weekend: jammed along with an Australian singer to some Sam Smith tunes, serenaded some French and Brazilian girls during an impromptu late night open mic at the Nashville Downtown Hostel, hung out with a Cambodian breakdancer, and met Kat, this Nashville Yelper and R&B singer!

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Cooper and the Jam.

Posted in Music on May 12th, 2014 by byronkho

After watching 12 bands play everything from honky-tonk to Southern rock to indie singer-songwriter tunes over the course of a busy Saturday, I was like what else? Bam – next act at the 5 Spot in East Nashville: Cooper and the Jam. Powerhouse voice, crazy brass band and incredible stage presence. SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC.

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On Lagertha of Denmark.

Posted in History and Politics on May 7th, 2014 by byronkho

Lagertha: hereditary Danish shieldmaiden and imbued with the legendary attributes of the female aesir of the Valhallan panoply, possibly Throgerd Holgabrok (herself a noble Valkyrie who “married” successions of Norse kings as mythic protectors of the realm); first wife of raider of the French and English, Ragnar Lodbrok (literally, Ragnar Hairy Breeches… why he kept the name, who knows. Did he not get made fun of on those Viking playgrounds – you know, the ones with the slides and jungle gyms made of human bones?), who may or may not have been the ruler who led a Viking force of 100 ships to besiege and then sack Paris in 845 (setting the tone for later invasions of the rich Norman lands by an invading army of 700 ships and 30,000 angry Norsemen under King Sigfred of Denmark in 885); and eventually (according to Saxo Grammaticus), murderer of Ragnar, usurper of his name and then-on ruler of Norway, who “thought it pleasanter to rule without her husband than to share the throne with him.”

Supposedly, after being instrumental in the defense of Norway from an attack by King Freyr of Sweden, Lagertha allowed Ragnar – grandson of King Siward of Norway and head of the Norwegian forces – to court her by pretending interest, luring him alone to her house and then setting upon him a great bear and hound to kill him or prove himself a worthy man. These animals he killed, but he was thereafter annoyed that this was the price she drew from him. Lagertha repaid this price many years later, coming to his aid during the midst of a desperate battle in Denmark by sending him 120 ships from her forces to win the day. Of course, when he got back home, she might have been pissed that he had divorced her, married the daughter of the next king of Sweden and then had the nerve to ask for her help… it might explain why she drew him to a private chamber, warbled sweet nothings, and then killed Ragnar with a sharp asgeir hidden inside her apron-dress. Love is weird.

On TV, she’s played pretty appropriately by a Ukrainian toughie from Etobicoke who got her first black belt at 13, founded a martial arts school at 18, ran 3 different schools by 21, and then got a 3rd degree black belt in tae kwon do, a 2nd degree black belt in karate and became a licensed bodyguard before moving into acting. I think it’d be pretty rad to be any one of those anonymous Vikings being bashed about and then cleaved in half by a Daneaxe wielded by the real, or TV, Lagertha – skaramandion chopped into rags, pointed seax falling uselessly from my hands, an iron spangenhelm no protection from a low upward sweep delivered by a beautiful, fierce and bloodlusting Valkyrie, screaming vengeance and murder all the while. Or not. Maybe I’ll just watch.

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Lea Seydoux et Wes Anderson pour Prada.

Posted in Opinion on May 6th, 2014 by byronkho

“Combien de temps pouvons-nous être heureux ensemble?” Donne-moi la “un an plus tard”! Et… peut-être je vais regarder “Blue is the Warmest Color” ce soir. On peut toujours utiliser plus de Léa!

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Nickel Creek at the Tower Theater.

Posted in Music on May 2nd, 2014 by byronkho

Nickel Creek! Pretty glad they’re back together – Chris and Sean’s dueling mandolin/guitar is so much fun to hear! I’d argue they sound better live than on recordings; definitely true for Destination and This Side. Here’s a few recordings I made. The video blows but I made them for the sound.

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