On Best Coast's second album "The Only Place," singer-songwriter Bethany Cosentino's ultra-polished voice gives the power to L.A.-based power pop duo Best Coast, and, stripped of the fuzzy lo-fi quality of their last album, sometimes sounds a little too perfect for a band with a retro California/slacker reputation.
Novelty acts have a limited shelf life, so Southern Culture on the Skids should have become irrelevant long ago. As the band approaches their 30th anniversary, the audiences are smaller and grayer, but no less enthusiastic. Probably because the band hasn't lost its enthusiasm, either.
St. Louis locals the Civil Tones infuse their funky brand of soul with Latin, jazz, blues and rock influences on "City Stoopin."
Spacey, surfy and more than a little psychedelic, the sound of Morning Teleportation will take you places most rock bands fear to tread.
Dengue Fever's Cannibal Courtship has been soaring up the charts at KDHX. This particular batch of songs emphasizes catchy, clean guitars, multiple vocalists, danceable rhythms and the cultural influence of Cambodia.
Somehow filling the opening slot of the bill, Los Straitjackets played their style of instrumental surf rock to a room full of swing dancers, greasers, lawyer types, longhairs…and all kinds-a-folks in between. Although often known for their excellent guitar and bass playing, the anchor of the evening was the band’s unbelievably solid drummer. With metronome-like steadiness and the ability to fall right into jaw-dropping fills and solos, Jason Smay laid the foundation for his band to steal the evening’s spotlight.
Surf, punk and psychedelic music don't often mix well, but the Mad Titans manage to make engaging, sometimes exciting music out of the collision.