Check out the ukulele and guitar stylings of throwback duo Victor and Penny. Listening to "If It Ain't Love" I immediately thought of Joe Brown and his vocal and ukulele work on "I'll See You In My Dreams," the touching, closing song at the Concert for George Harrison. It's Victor's (Jeff Freling) voice and its tremolo character that is most reminiscent of Brown. It gives the song a sense of wistfulness, especially when he goes into a vocal trumpet breakdown. With Penny (Erin McGrane) adding ukulele, the track has a throwback, bouncy Vaudeville feel.
Victor & Penny are a Kansas City antique pop duo playing both covers and originals on guitar and ukulele, incorporating jazz guitar licks and charming vocals. It's music that's meant to be fun and infectious. There are no effects to hide behind, what you see is what you get. Victor and Penny are scheduled to perform live at the Cavalcade in Fruita tomorrow night (6/26).
"Who is the Daikaiju??? Premium action heroes deliver most high rocket music! Special reverb skill combo for full impact! Loud sonic boom for earful pleasure! Beautiful radiation of hyper-dimensional springy sound creates divine psychic wind for your special protection. Worship Psycho-surf band Daikaiju daily for good luck and health!"
That's a direct quote from Daikaiju's (die-kie-joo) Facebook page. This theatrical New Orleans quartet, who play "all reverb guitar action full on," are headed our way. Daikaiju are scheduled to appear live at Sabrosa this Wednesday.
From their own description the band sounds like fighting characters from mid 1990s video games like Street Fighter or Tekken. With names like Secret-Man, Rock-Man, Hands-Man, and Rumble-Man, Daikaiju should be an entertaining show, if nothing else. Their tone is vintage surf rock. It's twangy reverb with metal-esque drums (presumably played by Hands-Man). Someone on YouTube described the band as "surf Rush." Sounds good to me.
Check out their music and possibly even their show.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pistol Annies are unable to appear for their scheduled tour dates in June. Miranda Lambert is replacing the popular trio not only tonight at Country Jam but at their previously schuled June dates. The Pistol Annies which features Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe, offered very little in the way of an explanation.
According to Keepin' It Country, the only explanation provided was an email that read, "due to unforeseen circumstances, Pistol Annies are unable to appear on any dates in June but Miranda Lambert will perform instead."
Usually when bands cancel dates it is due to health reasons or group infighting. It will be interesting to see if Lambert offers any insight to the situation during her headlining set tonight.
Don't be fooled by their youth. These kids got it. Making a tour stop at Sabrosa this Friday, Denver outfit Sauna is your best bet if live music is on your weekend docket.
"Born from toxic sludge leaked from the Beach Boys' amps" Sauna is a four-piece guy/girl group channeling the B-52s. Check out and download any of their albums, "Wanting You," "The Teen Angst Tape," or "Rad Sh*t." Listening to their tunes, you wont believe that Sauna only graduated from high school last year. They were so good, so fun, and so awesome last time they stopped through Grand Junction that I can't wait to see how much they've grown as a band over a year.
So last weekend I was hanging in Denver with two of my favorite Colorado bands, Bad Weather California and The Knew. Hanging out grilling burgers with Tyler Ludwick, Bad Weather California's lead guitarist and backup vocalist, we started talking about side projects. For Ludwick, Bad Weather California is his side project. His primary focus happens to be Princess Music, a "five piece, all-star cast of classically- trained players, with backgrounds in a spectrum of musical stylings from chamber music to math metal."
I'd never heard of Princess Music before but I'm glad he brought it up. For the band's upcoming debut album "Odobenidae," Ludwick worked with 4 other musicians plus an orchestra to create a wall of music aimed directly at your heart and your head. The first single "White Wave" reminds me of Sufjan Stevens. It's a complex compesition of lyrics and music that's totally engaging.
"Music, from the time I started playing it, it's something that has always been very intimate and very emotional," Ludwick said in his Kickstarted campaign video. "It's something that I consider to be very personal. It's the kind of music I try and make."
The idea of combining indie rock with live orchestration is currently en vogue. Another Colorado based band DeVotchKa, recently played live with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks Ampitheater.
Princess Music will debut "Odebenidae" on August 9, 2013 live at the Bluebird Theater in Denver with an orchestra. Check out the first single, "White Wave," below.