After more than 10 years on hiatus The Clientele is experiencing a renaissance, thanks in part to the reissue of its seminal debut Suburban Light. “There are so many great records in the Merge back catalog, and the fact that they chose one of ours was incredibly flattering,” said Alasdair MacLean (middle). Photo credit: Nik Strangelove

Merge’s reissue reinforces the strength of Suburban Light

For about six years, Alasdair MacLean has been writing a novel. “Occasionally I’ll send a draft of that to my agent and have it thoroughly rejected,” MacLean laughed when reached at his home in London. “And then I’ll start again. And that’s kind of been it for six years. MacLean’s novel is about growing up […]

Eric Clapton has touted Sonny Landreth as one of the most advanced and under-appreciated guitarists on the planet. See for yourself at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sonny Landreth

Hailed “The King of Slydeco,” Sonny Landreth’s Cajun-influenced slide guitar style has captured the attention of blues aficionados across the globe and led to collaborations with superstars such as Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, and Mark Knopfler. With 11 albums under his belt and a passport stamped at gates across the globe, Landreth’s 30-year career has […]

Following a gig at the Southern on Friday, punk groundbreakers Against Me! will stop by Champion Brewing Company to quaff some Black Me (St)out, a beer they concocted with brewer Hunter Smith. Publicity photo

What do punk rockers and craft brewers have in common?

It all started with a punk kid’s tweet. Alterna-rockers Against Me! had heard about friends in NOFX working with C’ville-based Champion Brewing Company on a collaboration beer. Guitarist James Bowman, doing some recording with Mike Burkett (aka Fat Mike) of NOFX, tried the beer and tweeted at Champion brew master Hunter Smith that he liked […]