Murder By Death (Bloomington, Ind.)
You’d be hard pressed to find a more unlikely success story than the one contained in the bio of Murder by Death. The band began more than a decade ago as Little Joe Gould, but switched to MBD to accurately reflect their music’s dark humor and twisted direction. Since the release of their 2002 debut, Like the Exorcist, but More Breakdancing, and up to their 2012 Bloodshot bow, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, MBD has assiduously pursued a musical path that blends Country, Folk, Rock, Gospel, Celtic reels and jigs, waltzes and spaghetti western soundtracks in the service of songs that adhere to few discernible conventions. Favorite titles: “I’m Afraid of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe,” “Sometimes the Line Walks You” and “You Don’t Miss Twice (When You’re Shaving with a Knife).” Murder by Death offers a wildly diverse Folk/Rock experience and the full range of human emotion and you can’t ask for much more than that.
YDIIYD: Tom Waits and John Doe collaborate with Devotchka on a Folk opera about a drinking game between Johnny Cash and the Devil. (BB)