Just got back from seeing local songwriter Kevin Trudo's new trio, billed as The Kevin Trudo and Meathawk. Seriously, have you ever heard a better band name than Meathawk? Kevin and his band played Ballydoyle in Aurora, and were very good.
Kevin writes what he calls "loud folk songs" - pretty basic, but with interesting (and fascinatingly vulgar) lyrics. Go here to hear what he normally sounds like. Now imagine that, but much, much louder.
It was my first show of 2010, and it reminded me how much I love seeing music spun out of nothing live. (My second will be the Magnetic Fields, on March 7.) If the fact that musicians live all around us and are willing to put on shows for us all the time isn't a reason to be cheerful, I don't know what is.