>> Thursday, May 28, 2009
Last night my friend Whitney kindly brought me along as her +1 for Grand Analog's cd release soiree at the Pyramid, and it ended up being a blast. Odario Williams's fluid, driving rhymes overtop funky, bubbling guitars and bass, courtesy of Damon Mitchell and Warren Bray, made for a danceable hip-hop sound that was surprisingly light on sampling (the minimal sampling was brought to life by Williams's younger DJ brother Ofield).
In the end the show had a warm, summery vibe - the sort of feeling that elicits merry and unselfconscious dancing.
Which the sweaty, forest-thick crowd toward the front readily did.
Exuberant New Zealand indie-poppers Cut Off Your Hands are coming to town, playing The Albert on June 27th (I'm really looking forward to this).
Veteran Alt-Punk-Rockers Social Distortion’s tour includes a date at the Burt on July 29th with Civet and The Stranglers.
Boston’s The Main Drag, dubbed “the best unsigned Artist by Salon.com”, will be at the Lo Pub on June 24th.
Singer-songwriter Del Barber is at the Park Theatre on June 9th.
Sam Roberts plays a gig at the Ex on June 18th.
Unapologetic bubble-gum-popper Lights has landed the opening spot for Keane's September 16th Winnipeg date.
Local roots-rockers The Western States are releasing their latest disc Bye and Bye at the West End on June 12th.
Infinite Playlist: TV on the Radio - Dear Science