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Known for his work with the band Big Thief, Buck Meek's solo work takes on a different sound grounded in his Texas roots. He writes character-driven songs that let listeners and Meek himself get to know his multifaceted characters from various perspectives. His self-titled album comes after four solo EPs, Live from a Volcano (2013), A-Sides (2014), B-Sides (2014), and Heart Was Beat (2015). I was able to catch up with him shortly after his self-titled...
Late last spring, I was standing in line at a coffee shop in Fort Greene when a song caught my attention. The barista told me it came from a band called Big Thief. The song, “Masterpiece”, sounded kind of like Land of Talk, but also a little… bigger—it was more reminiscent of a classic rock ballad with an updated energy. It was instantly familiar, yet also brand new, and I wanted to hear more...
Every Saturday at midnight in Minneapolis, the longest running cabaret on the planet is held: Balls Cabaret is hosted by Leslie Ball herself, and she begins each show with some history. No other cabaret has run consecutively longer, she tells the audience. Not a single Saturday has been missed. Then she invites anyone to come up and perform anything they want for seven minutes. It could be song, poetry, just talking, dance, comedy. After each performance,...

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