There are lots of clichés that come to mind when someone puts the terms acoustic, folk, and indie together. Likely some plaid-wearing, “five-o’clock-shadowed” hipster with unkempt hair and Buddy Holly glasses droning about love, loss and life etc. It’s not that Shane Alexander defies these clichés, in a few ways he exemplifies them but his music is simply better than the alternative. Like a less annoying Jack Johnson, Alexander’s original lyrics, soothing voice and solid band should take him far on the strength of his new album, The Sky Below. See him live at The Living Room in NYC on Thursday, July 23.
The Shane Below
—by Andrew Magnotta, July 21, 2009