March 14, 2009

Neil Halstead at Denver’s Walnut Room tonight


Frontman of the influential shoegaze band Slowdive in the ’90s before forming Mojave 3, warmly colorful songwriter  Neil Halstead is now exploring a solo career which brings him to Denver’s Walnut Room tonight.

Halstead’s first solo record Sleeping On Roads was released on 4AD Records in 2002, and after six long years he returned with Oh Mighty Engine (Brushfire Records) which made it onto my Favorites of 2008 list. I wrote that it was “a humble album of acoustic folk melodies that rewards the listener for their patience. This is a slow grower for me, and I find that more hues in the songs are revealed to me the longer I sit with it — a task I am eminently willing to take on. Halstead sings about trying to get the colors right, and with these unassuming tunes I think he does.”

I first heard Neil’s music on the Sprout surf movie soundtrack, and over the last few years it has has grown so steadily and warmly on me. Timeout Magazine has called him “one of Britain’s greatest songwriters” and NME said that he’s “Britains best-kept secret.” Come see for yourself:

Neil Halstead @ The Walnut Room
with Joshua James
Doors @ 7:00, Show @ 8:00
$12 – 21+

Live at the Moonshine Festival, October 2004
See You On Rooftops
Two Stones In My Pocket
Driving With Bert
Sleeping On Roads
Who Do You Love?
Yer Feet


[photo credit Laurie Scavo]

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  • Neil Halstead has been my favorite fall music for a couple of years now.

    stefan — March 14, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

  • I got Just for a Day when it hit the streets initially (what ’92?) I had no clue who or what it was, but that cover art drew me undeniably. To this day ia guilty pleasure.

    Ben — March 15, 2009 @ 3:44 am

  • I hope you went to this. Plus, well, Joshua James is a local from these parts. I hope you got there in time to see/hear the budding talent that he was as well.

    P.S. Why can’t Neil come here?

    Dainon — March 15, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  • I’m feeling emotions.

    jc — March 15, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  • jc, if you like that kind of thing, the feeling of feelings.

    and dainon, ‘course i went and goodness was it wonderful. your boy joshua james has quite the pipes too. mundi bought a tshirt and the record which i will borrow while she is on the road.

    and ps – i asked neil specifically if he was going there. he confirmed a negative answer. i will send him your way next time, deal?

    browneheather — March 15, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

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