The Beauty Shop
It's moments like this when checking some of my 2,989 unread e-mails totally pays off. Thanks to Wendy for the tip.
Looks like Kurt's not dead. He just moved to Illinois.
The Beauty Shop are a trio from Champaign who deserve some attention outside the Land of Lincoln. Their music is in the indie folk or Americana mold, but with punk influences that serve them well. If you've seen me rave about Sleepy Horses, Kid Dakota, Long Knives, or even Wilco, etc., you know I enjoy this sort of sound. Give 'em a spin:
The Beauty Shop - Like I Wasn't Even There
The Beauty Shop - Bad Place
The Beauty Shop - A Desperate Cry for Help
They have several releases available online.
The Beauty Shop were apparently in Athens just last month, and I had no idea. Grrr. They're currently out west and going back home through flyover country, so don't you make the same mistake.