Princess Music, the Blue Rider at Bluebird Theater, 12-20-13 (photos, review)

On a pre-holiday weekend with loads of other choices, the Hot Congress Records showcase at the Bluebird Theater drew a good crowd on Friday. The label, home to a number of excellent local acts such as Colfax Speed Queen, Fingers of the Sun and the comedy collective, Fine Young Gentleman put together a lineup of talent, with Science Partner, the Blue Rider and headliner Princess Music.

Live review: Bill Callahan (Smog) @ the Hi-Dive

Bill Callahan’s charm is in his understatement –- which, itself, is hard to take seriously at first. Last night Callahan played an alternately heavy and airy two hour set at the Hi-Dive in front of a packed house that seemed well acquainted with his style.