Featured Shows of the Week! October 15
Remember when The White Stripes first hit the scene back in the early 2000s and there was that ‘are-they-or-aren’t-they-brother-and-sister’ confusion? Later, Jack White revealed the “open secret” was planted so that people would focus on the music and not the two-member group’s members and their real previous relationship (they were married for a time, if you were never let in on the open secret).
Well, it may be 2012, but it looks like a Chicago-raised and Brooklyn-based duo is taking a play from the White Stripes manual all the same. Natalie and Elliot Bergman make up Wild Belle, a band with very little official bio information available with some press saying they are siblings, and others claiming it to be a White Stripes-style ruse – but either way, their first single, ‘Keep You’ is something I think you should indeed be focusing on (and not their relationship status, as Jack would say).
The Be Good Tanyas are a Canadian folk music group formed in 1999 in Vancouver. Their influences include folk, country, and bluegrass. The style of music they performed can be referred to as alt-country or Americana.
Beach House is Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand and Bloom is the band’s fourth full-length album. Like their previous releases (Beach House in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010), it further develops their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work.
The landscape of Bloom was largely designed on the road, between the countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of tour. Throughout this period, melodies, chords, rhythms, words, and textures surfaced in moments of their own choosing. These spontaneous ideas were later gathered and developed in Baltimore, Maryland where the band lives and works.
With her bold new album, You Are Not Alone, the legendary vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to an historic career. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
“Sounding like a cross between Jesus and Mary Chain post-Joy Division moodiness, Pink Floyd scope and sense, and the spacious, desert-fueled hypnotics of Calexico, Fire and the Wheel insidiously worked their way into my cortex and now I can’t seem to get them to leave. The album is an epic concept work, about friendship and mental illness. But to be honest, I don’t really hear that. I just hear gorgeous harmonies, low pulsing bass runs, grand prog expansiveness, and those damn horns. Those killer horns.
A surprising tilt of articulate indy rock. A definite keeper.”
The formation of Divine Fits can be traced back to Britt Daniel attending a Handsome Furs show in 2007, seeing Dan Boeckner milling around and looking like the type of guy that would talk to strangers. Britt acted on this assessment, telling Dan he possessed one of the best rock ‘n’ roll voices he’d heard. A flattered Dan upped the ante, telling Britt he’d been an ordering-singles-through-the-mail-level Spoon fan since high school, and moreover, that mail-order Spoon singles had inspired Dan to quit the Metallica cover band he’d been playing in and singlehandedly set him on the path to his future life in Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. (Before you read any further: Spoon is still very much together; Handsome Furs is not. And that’s all there is to say on both of those points.)
Mission South takes the blues on a journey unlike any it has seen. With their blend of skilled songwriting, hard hitting riffs, and powerful vocals, Mission South crafts a sound that is raw, soulful and adventurous.
Olivia Mancini writes pop songs. Sometimes she plays them by herself. Sometimes she plays them with the band. Upbeat, melody-driven, and not interested in being taken too seriously, Olivia-the-music is a lot like Olivia-the-person.
A Washington, DC, native, Olivia cut her teeth playing bass in the Washington Social Club. WSC disbanded in 2007, but Olivia and drummer/producer Randy Scope continued to work together. Randy Scope produced Olivia Mancini & the Housemates’ first album, This Kind of Life, that same year. The Chatterbox EP (produced by Roger Greenawalt) followed in 2008, and You Can See the Mountains From Here (produced by Brian McTear) in 2009. A 7-inch vinyl single featuring “For Ricky/You’re the One” (produced by Roger Greenawalt) was released in 2011.
Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. Formed in 2005 as a quintet called Alphababy, the band members changed the name in late 2008 at the suggestion of Jon-Rae Fletcher, with whom the band was touring.
Musically, Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, “All Things Must Pass,” and “Physical Graffiti,” often within the same song. Tillman’s voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison, “The Caruso of Rock”, at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious and yet conversely playful, almost Dionysian quality. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of…
Royal Canoe is a band, armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a five-keyboard super-weapon. Royal Canoe play lyrically sharp pop songs that move people and make people move.