Band: John Darnielle
Date: Monday, Feb. 26, with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA S. Drive,
Tickets: Free (limited seating)
The University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective (IMC) has brought the Azalea City a number of unique, intimate live performances from a varied list of singer-songwriters. From roots country to innovative folk, no genre is off limits.
The IMC will combine efforts with The Stokes Center for Creative Writing for an evening of music and written word by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. Since the mid ‘90s, the Mountain Goats’ catalog has been dominated by an acoustic-based sound that falls in a Daniel Johnston-esque limbo between classic rock and alternative folk. While the group’s lineup has rotated a long list of musicians, Darnielle has remained its creative epicenter.
The Mountain Goats’ latest release is 2017’s “Goths,” an album living up to its title with the Bauhaus-inspired opener “Rain in Soho.” While “Goths” draws influence from bands ranging from Siouxsie & the Banshees to Joy Division, Darnielle’s trademark offbeat approach to songwriting provides a solid foundation.
Music will not be the evening’s only feature. Darnielle is also an accomplished author who has penned literary works including “Wolf In White Van” and “Universal Harvester.” When he’s not entertaining the crowd with songs, Darnielle will regale them with readings from his books.
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