L Eye is Justin Miller formerly of Red Switch and various other cool local acts. An experimental/indie-electronic project, L Eye balances organic and programmed sounds not unlike nationally acclaimed acts Four Tet, Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow and DJ Spooky. This is very, very cool!
La Rocca is generating a lot of "buzz" in the industry with thier debut, The Truth. Not suprising in that it was produced by the mighty Tony Hoffer, famous for his work with the likes of Beck, Belle and Sebastian and Supergrass among others. Along with comparisons to Belle and Sebastian, they have also been compared to The Shins, Wilco, The Walkmen, The Waterboys - even The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and U2 at times. These guys are sure to get more notice; just a few days after they play Plush they are on the road supporting the new indie fav, Phoenix.
"La Rocca has a charming indie pop sound with accents of folk, happy-go-lucky '80s spunk, and the heart and soul of '60s British pop. Their debut, The Truth sounds like a vintage album, and while the influences of acts like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are apparent throughout..." 8.7/10 - IGN
"These Dubliners have bridged the gap between Dylan and U2 while updating it for modern rock radio. If nothing else, La Rocca will make a star of Bjorn Baillie, a talented guitarist, a gifted songwriter, and an even better singer. All of that, plus youthful good looks, could make him the next Bono." - Treble
"Simultaneously folky and poppy, La Rocca has just enough melancholy and introspection to balance its upbeatness. It's a good soundtrack for midnight-to-two at the watering hole. At times Bjorn Baillie's voice recalls the Waterboys, gruff and melodic. The down-to-earth-ness of The Truth makes it an enduring listen." - Rasputin Music
"Sure, La Rocca isn't going to be an underground phenomenon, but that isn't what they are about. Their songs are huge and made for the masses. What sets them apart from their competitors is their undeniable songwriting talent and musicianship. Rather than just another mediocre band with one good hit, La Rocca has the tunes and the chops to make the big time..." - Tripwire
"La Rocca have proven that catchy hooks and reflective ruminations can make a perfect combination... The Truth is just the beginning of a beautiful career." - CMJ
"Lady Dottie's a sixty-something blues queen with body pillows for boobs and more swagger than Space Ghost. Her backing band, the Diamonds, features members of Gogogo Airheart, and the audience bookies at her shows like the blues still matters." 4 stars - Spin
"Right out of the gate, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds' debut assaults you with loud garage drums; scrappy guitar licks; and big, husky vocals... The group gets its cred from 64-year-old Dorothy Mae Whitsett, a diner-cook-cum-blues-diva who grew up picking cotton in Alabama... Lady D is, first and foremost, a force best experienced in the flesh, but this debut comes damn close to offering up a raucous night out with the band." - SF Weekly
"Lady Dottie... has the presence of a Baptist preacher; consistently wiping sweat from her brow yet somehow going on for hours at the same breakneck pace. She doesn't want a testimonial, or even a 'hallelujah.' A simple holler back will do." - Sand Diego City Beat
"When Lady sings the blues, you will stop in your tracks and pay heed. When Lady demands that you get up offa that thang and put your hands together, you will obey her decree." - San Diego Union-Tribune
Former Tucson band Lagoon was always a favorite of the Old Pueblo... now that they are situated in Boston we don't get to see them as often as we once did. We sure are happy that they are taking the time for a visit!
"All of the musicians in Lagoon are impressive...Singer/guitarist David Ziegler-Voll's sad and atmospheric songs work with emotional dynamics, moving from sparkly melodies to jazzier interludes." - Tucson Weekly
"Land of Talk prove they're more than idle Interweb hype with their EP Applause Cheer Boo Hiss... the trio churns out brooding anthems with frontwoman Elizabeth Powell's soaring vocals backed by a full-on '90s fuzz-guitar assault- think PJ Harvey or Blonde Redhead if they got out and enjoyed some sunshine once in a while." - Flavorpill
"Coming up through the same scene as... notables like the Stills, the Dears, and Arcade Fire (some of whose members were onetime roomates of singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell), Land Of Talk offers more proof that Montreal endures as the epicenter of indie rock... Powell's chirpy but raw-edged voice and roiling guitar call to mind PJ Harvey's finest moments..." 3.5 stars - Spin
"Land of Talk, led by the sparkling Elizabeth Powell, spits out a kind of churning, bright, deliberately melodic rock that embodies the enduring spirit of youth - that period in our lives marked by overwhelming optimism and uncorrupted naivety. First released in Canada last year, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss, the band's seven-song debut EP, is a record to get attached to: it's inviting, dangerous, charming, and, most important, unravels with layers of complexity." 8.5/10 - Prefix
"Applause Cheer Boo Hiss, is simply the most perfect debut of 2006. For fans of Blonde Redhead, Metric and Cat Power..." - Paste
"Montreal has become, in some ways, a massive enclave of indie bands where buzz-worthy artists come out, seemingly, everyday. Next in line seems to be Land of Talk, who in true Montreal-scene fashion, opened for the Stills and has lead singer, Elizabeth Powell, who roomed with members of Arcade Fire. However it is clear that the love that the blogs have heaped upon Land of Talk is not merely buzz-by-association, but rather the affirmation of another gem of a band from Montreal." - Pop Matters
"Land of Talk... finds a way to balance early Cat Power fragility and PJ Harvey volatility." - Pitchfork
"angular guitar assault similar to the likes of Cat Power, PJ Harvey, and Blonde Redhead." - Spin
"Sweet life affirming indie rock... let's all move to Montreal." - NME
***The Friday, 9/7 show at Plush in St. Louis is now CANCELLED. Langhorne Slim will be unable to attend due to vehicle trouble. Refunds will be honored at place of purchase. There will not be a re-schedule date this year, but they promise to be back in 2013.***
“It was recently announced that Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair Tour, which rounded up some of the biggest female musicians of the day a decade ago, is being revived in 2010. While she's not yet big enough to warrant an invitation, Colorado singer-songwriter Lara Ruggles would fit the bill well. Her slightly ethereal songs, backed by her piano- and guitar-playing, fit nicely into the template forged by McLachlan (and Tori Amos, Jewel and the young Joni Mitchell)—and she sings the hell out of them." - Tucson Weekly
LARIATS is comprised of rock and roll's redshirts. They've taken bumps and bruises in pursuit of their passion. Constantly coming back for more. In previous lives, the members of LARIATS have cut their teeth playing everything from house partys and basements to The Warped Tour and world tours. The band consists of exmembers of other great local acts such as Versus The
Mirror, The American Black Lung and You In Series.
"LARIATS consists of an indestructible line-up of rock and roll veterans. They are not afraid of defying odds and fighting the good fight, all in the name of kicking ass, breaking hearts and drinking beer. They have a great sound that I think is somewhere in-between Defeater and AC-DC. It is fun, passionate and sincere" -Axe of Contrition
"LARIATS bring feel-good, catchy punk rock"- Tucson Weekly
"Idiosyncratic singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm may be the next star of the wyrd-folk boom, this debut album easily equalling - in quality and sheer oddity - anything recorded by Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsome or Espers... The arrangements perfectly reflect Grimm's quirkiness, involving oddball combinations of guitar, percussion, trumpet, keyboards, and what sounds like hurdy-gurdy, to create a series of backdrops that variously sound like medieval folkie drones, cajun gospel, and creepy Country and Western." - The Independent
"As excellent as Michael Gira's Young God label is, you may be wondering when exactly this 'weirde folk' well will run dry. On the basis of this record from 26 year old songstress Grimm, not any time soon. Born into a cult and raised in a commune in the Appalachians, Grimm won a scholarship to study art at Yale (where she was a member of Dirty Projectors) before breaking offto do her own thing - and here it is. There are spindly, twitchy folk songs, which sound almost like spells, but Grimm's velvety voice makes it a deliciously sensual trip too." - Mojo