Light of the Stereo

Light of the Stereo

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Triple Crown : 05/31 - 06/13

This Triple Crown holds so much awesome music my head might just explode. We got rocked-up Motor City Soul, a free show by alt-country royalty, and an opening slot by a new band that's going to change your life. So fight the weekday weariness and grab your friends, because this Triple Crown is all top shelf.

Monday, June 6th
LinkDetroit Cobras
Girl In A Coma
350 West Burnside
Doors:7PM /Show: 8PM
Adv.: $13/Day Of: $15
21 & Over

When you smelt together the meaty aggression of garage rock and and the powerful depth of Motor City soul, what you get is the Detroit Cobras. Putting the bump and grind back into soul since 1994, this raw and wild band has been re-energizing covers with just the slightest of punk rock magic. Possibly the whitest soul sister to ever grab a mic, Rachel Nagy leads this wild bunch of musical wizards. Her dynamically distinct voice has a swagger to it that can stop a raging bull in it's tracks and turn boys into men. You need to know about this band, your world will be better for it. If you already know of them, then what are you doing? Get off your asses and tell everyone you meet to make it to this show.
Opening the night is Girl in A Coma, a trio of lone star natives who combine a voice like Patsy Cline's and the attitude of the Runaways. Like thunderstorms rolling in off the Gulf of Mexico, their music is a haunting mix of beauty and force. A match made in heaven, I can't think of a better band to open for the Cobras. So break your curfew and know this show is well worth the drag of a tired Tuesday morning.

Thursday, June 9th
Airborne Toxic Event(Headlining)
The Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside
Doors: 8PM/ Show:9PM
Adv.:$17.50/Day Of:$20
All Ages

It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a new band. With sweeping near spiritual rock'n'roll, the music of Mona reminds me of a younger, hungrier U2. Mixing bold atmospheric guitars and emotionally charged vocals, this is powerful stuff. Rich with influences as dynamic as Jeff Buckley and Joshua Tree era Bono and The Edge, this is music for the ages. Able to touch their listeners on so many levels, likely this band will change the world. Fresh from conquering Europe, Nick Brown and the boys have returned home to claim their county of origin. I say let them come, because their opening slot is well worth the full price of admission.
Headlining the show is the full bodied mood rock of The Airborne Toxic Event. From building heartbreak ballads to power rocking numbers that have just an aftertaste of Neil Diamond sweetness, their diverse style is sure to hold something for everyone. No matter how you look at it this is an awesome show and should not be missed.

Sunday, June 12th
Bobby Bare Jr.
Carey Kotsionis
Lola's Room @ The Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside
Show: 7PM
Cover: Free!
21 & Over

A prince of country music royalty, Bobby Bare Jr. has the blue-blood of songwriters in his veins and the rebellious spirit of rock'n'roll in his heart. Combining the two, Bare Jr. creates rich heartfelt songs and a live performance so electrifying that no one should miss it. Personally influenced by the likes of Shel Silverstein and an A-list of Nashville legends more impressive than the guest list of the C.M.T. awards, he is one of a kind. Innocently playful and powerfully heart breaking his music has a wonderfully unique flavor that leaves everyone who hears it yearning for more. Joined by long time friend and frequent touring partner Carey Kotsionis this free show at Lola's Room is a necessity for anyone that loves music. Kotsionis is a wonderful singer and songwriter herself. With the soul of a young June Carter she sings little country flavored folk tunes that make you smile or weep. If Bobby Bare Jr., was Bob Dylan with his amazing music and wild hair, then Carey Kotsionis could be his Joan Baez.
Do I have to mention again that this show is free, because baring catastrophic disaster or personal dismemberment there's no reason you should miss this show. So top off you Triple Crown with a freebee, your wallet and your ears will thank you.

Tuesday Double Feature: The Dimes "Ballad of Winslow Homer" & The Hard Lessons "See you Again"

This week's Double Feature includes an ode to a lovely summer day and video from one of my favorite bands out of Detroit.
So grab yourself some milk duds and enjoy the show.

The Dimes - "The Ballad of Winslow Homer"

Shot in super-8 by Ian McCluskey and the people at NW Documentary for their film "Summer Snapshot." This beautiful capture of a summers day reveals why we Oregonians will put up with 7 months of rain.

The Hard Lessons -"See You Again"

This playful video contains the wonderfully fun energy of this awesome band out of the Motor City. If you love this song make sure you check out the band.