Band: David Dondero
Date: Monday, Jan. 22, with doors at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Satori Coffee House, 5460 Old Shell Road, www.satori-coffee.com
Tickets: $5 at the door (free for USA students)

With a new semester going strong, The University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective will hold the first of six events planned for 2018. On Jan. 22, singer-songwriter David Dondero will use Satori Coffee House’s warm and cozy vibe to accent his intimate performance.

Before NPR included him in a list of “Best Living Songwriters,” Dondero spent time in the punk scene, most notably as the drummer of This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb. For the past 20 years, Dondero has provided the public with a steady flow of solo efforts.

His Satori set will include tracks from his 10th studio album, “Inside the Cat’s Eye.” This release portrays Dondero as a modern folk troubadour untainted by the convoluted nature of what today’s music industry has come to call “Americana.” When he chooses to mingle genres, Dondero might add a shade of classic country or ‘50s-era rock.

Overall, “Inside the Cat’s Eye” is a haunting journey through Dondero’s world, but new visitors to this landscape should not assume they are safe. His bittersweet songs have the tendency to haunt audience members in the days that follow.