When Dead Confederate came through Boise last year, their Record Exchange in-store and their co-headlining set with the Meat Puppets at what was then the Grizzly Rose (now Sin), were startling. The Athens, Ga., (from whence The Whigs hail) band thundered through some impeccably crafted rock led by singer/guitarist Hardy Morris, a wisp of a man whose raspy voice sometimes sounds like he just woke up ... from a dream in which he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. The guy is mesmerizing.
We turn to Nashville and Austin to find out where country music is going. We look to the Pacific Northwest to see what appellation "indie" will add next. And we ask the coasts, both East and West, for the lowdown on where punk and hardcore are headed. But it wouldn't be a bad idea if we picked up the phone and called Athens to find out what rock's plans are for the future.