October, 2011

Lord Huron

I missed Lord Huron on their swing through Seattle and as luck would have it I was in Detroit a couple weeks later as they played a show.  It was a good show.  Normally I am not a fan of folksey-alt-whine in flannel shirts.  But, there is something kinda cool about Lord Huron. Lord Huron on iTunes.

You can read a nice review of them on Flotzam by Nick Moffit.

Twitter: @LordHuron

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The Parlotones at The High Dive

The South African band The Parlotones returned to Seattle to play The High Dive. While these guys have a pretty unique sound it is more their ability to pack a space. I know these guys are huge in SA and played before 80,000 for the opening ceremonies but I have never seen such a rabid group of fans in small venues before. Not only that but every other person is wearing an SA flag or a Springboks jersey.

They put on a good show and it would be worth giving them a listen.  Kahn Morbee has a good stage presence and seems to live a pretty interesting life off stage too. He does own a winery after all.

Here is a previous photo set of The Parlotones.

Twitter: @Parlotones

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Kathryn Calder

Kathyrn Calder has been playing keyboard and singing with The New Pornographers since 2005.  With the release of ‘Are you my mother‘ she now can claim the title of being a solo artist too.  Her songs are filled with the whimsy and alt feel that a lot of female singer/songwriters attempt to pull off but can’t.  Ms. Calder’s songs sound sincere with out saccharine. Hip with out pretense.  She has confidence in her style in a way that only someone that has been singing in major acts can.

Her videos are great too. Slip Away and Arrow

Twitter: @KathrynCalder

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J Roddy Walston and The Business Part 2

To continue my praises of the Maryland based band J Roddy Walston and The Business. When I saw these guys the first time at Chop Suey in Seattle. There were maybe 6 people in the crowd and yet that didn’t stop J Roddy from giving it everything he had.  The second time I saw them the crowd had tripled. The place was in to these guys and a stint of opening for the Black Keys I am sure didn’t hurt.

The lead guitarist has some ear melting solos. He wrings his Gibson SG so tight that I swear the Super-Model-Love-Child of Chuck Berry and Angus Young duck-walked in to his hands.

Enough of the praise. Just check these guys out.

J Roddy Walston and The Business iTunes link.

 

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J Roddy Walston and The Business Part 1

How can you describe J Roddy Walston? The first time I heard someone describe him they said “Think Jerry Lee Lewis crossed with AC/DC.” Well, I like both JLL and AC/DC so how bad could it be? When listened online I thought ‘Wow this guy is good and yeah JLL+AC/DC’. Then I arrived to the show.

What happened next was amazing. J Roddy Walston proceeded to pound on his piano and sing like a man that would have made Sam Phillips cream his jeans. J Roddy doesn’t do some sort of Stray Cats rock-a-billy retro-tribute kind of thing. J Roddy busts out original songs with underlaying melodies that pay homage to an era in a fresh way.

Don’t Break The Needle

Pigs & Pearls

Be sure to see these guys if you ever have the chance.

Twitter: @JRoddyBusiness

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