Plenty of musicians use YouTube as an outlet for loopy behind-the-scenes footage. Not David Olney. Then again, hes been at it a lot longer than the goofy video-makers, and his aims are different. Olneys YouTube offerings are seriously impressive poetry recitations, of which Samuel Taylor Coleridges The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is only the most recent installation. Olneys proven himself many times over to be a blues-darkened singer-songwriter with a method actors imagination. Now hes underscoring his dramatic and literary sensibilities. (Besides the on-camera stuff, he recently contributed a short story to Amplified.) These days, Sergio Webb (on guitar) and Jack Irwin (on percussion) round out the small combo that lends Olneys songs a sinewy mystique. Norms is a spot they play pretty regularly, and its where they recorded a live album last year. This time theyll be joined by Jonathan Bright, Russell O'Brienwhore at work on a trippy, harmony-rich rock projectand Tom Littlefield.
Sat., Aug. 22, 9 p.m., 2009