Sunday, July 27, 2008
Exit Clov, their name a nod to Samuel Beckett's one act play Endgame, are a DC-area quintet led by twins Emily and Susan Hsu. They are often compared to the Canadian duo Tegan & Sara; I would find that comparison valid if Tegan & Sara had Chris Walla as a producer. Although their sound is undoubtedly similar by virtue of the twin lead vocalists, Exit Clov displays strong 80s New Wave and post-punk influences, with songs like MK Ultra demonstrating a Blondie-esque rhythm. Moving Gaza blends influences like the Talking Heads and Scritti Politti with a taut disco feel. Adding a Matt Pond, chamber pop element to their songs is the band's liberal use of violins.
I caught exactly one song of the Auckland duo the Ruby Suns before retiring to the bar downstairs. Their "emotronic", easy listening sound may be for some, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.
I'm not even sure where to begin with Tilly & the Wall. If you aren't familiar with them, you should be. Their sound draws equally from 80s bands like Bananarama, the Go-Go's and the B-52s. Aside from their sonic influences, their songs are reminiscent of Britpop bands like Pulp and Blur. Throw those ingredients in a blender, strain heavily through the rich Nebraska rock scene of the past decade from which the band emerged, and you have Tilly & the Wall. And yes, they really do utilize tap dancer Jamie Presnall (née Williams) as their primary source of percussion. Their stage presence is manic, like a harder and more chaotic Rilo Kiley (which shouldn't come as a surprise, since uber-producer and Conor Oberst collaborator Mike Mogis produced their last record). Smart, danceable, and unapologetically profane, their set was the most fun I've had listening to music since Stars at Sonar. Book your ticket now, or risk being left behind by the Tilly & the Wall express.
Posted by Brian Flores at 1:51 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
MP3: What Should Have Been – Amy Sullivan & The Whiskey Darlings
And then we close out with Flo Anito’s “No Good.” It’s warm and jazzy, full of piano and bluesy organ fills, with lyrical phrasing that lazily wraps around the lines, creating a nice smoky atmosphere. You can catch her across the river at the The Red & The Black in DC Friday, July 25th.
MP3: No Good – Flo Anito
Posted by jeffro at 8:44 PM
Thursday, July 17, 2008
MP3: Two Bees – Bellman Barker
MP3: Glue Girls - SSLYBY
MP3: St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor - Ha Ha Tonka
Posted by jeffro at 6:18 PM
Monday, July 14, 2008
MP3: Move Along – Gasoline Heart
MP3: Long Island – Gasoline Heart
Posted by jeffro at 5:29 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Posted by jeffro at 11:49 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
MP3: Come Home – Back Door Slam
And then on the poppier front we’ve got Jon McLaughlin’s “Beating My Heart.” This keyboard-based track has got a good bounce to it, as well as a nice lift in the chorus as McLaughlin’s lilting voice floats above it all. If you like what you hear, check him out at Jammin Java Wednesday, July 16th.
MP3: Beating My Heart – Jon McLaughlin
Posted by jeffro at 7:46 PM
Sunday, July 06, 2008
MP3: Home In The Woods - Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
MP3: Angelina - Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons
Posted by jeffro at 12:12 PM
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
MP3: Born To Be Your Man - Birdmonster
Posted by jeffro at 9:05 PM
David Ford becomes his own band, playing all the instruments, singing all the tracks at the same time, courtesy of this cool four-panel video style for the slow burner, “I’m Alright Now.” You can get your holiday weekend started early with David Ford – he’ll be performing a free show at West Mount Vernon Park in Baltimore Thursday, July 3rd starting at 5:30 or so.
Posted by jeffro at 8:45 PM