Concert review: Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage (4/8/2014)

Sometimes you see a show that’s not just really good, but it really hits the spot: maybe it’s the relaxing show when you’re all wound up, or the difficult music when you’re feeling up for a challenge, or maybe it’s the Cubanos Postizos when I have a back spasm (…you’ll just have to trust me on that one). Whatever the case may be, tonight was one of those shows. I had a bizarre and sudden illness last week that had me ending up in Urgent Care with a prescription for some heavy-duty meds, leading to a long weekend spent in bed and missing no less than three concerts I was really looking forward to. Thankfully, I was able to get myself back in shape for tonight’s show, a guitar and vocal duo of Chris “Critter” Eldridge and Julian Lage at Passim in Cambridge. It turned out to be exactly the sort of fun, relaxed, easy-to-enjoy yet still top-notch-quality music that my slightly pathetic self desperately needed to hear. New and interesting enough to capture my attention completely, but familiar enough to be comfortable. Perhaps you’d like to listen to a piece from their new EP while you read? Check it out:

I’d seen the duo play a short set in January at the Deadly Gentlemen’s Ball, so I had a good idea of what to expect: serious technical mastery of the guitar, and some (more…)