Wack-A-Doo performs “American Musette”; a high-powered mix of toe-tapping vintage swing, folksy Americana and speakeasy syncopation. Fronted by vocalist Valerie Tichacek, their upbeat style is reminiscent of early twentieth-century nostalgic eras: the cafes of 1920's Europe, prohibition, juice joints and the back-porch swing.
"Within the past month and a half, two songs from Chicago electro-pop duo Walter Meego's full-length debut, Voyager, have appeared on the hit ABC dramedy 'Ugly Betty.' The show's title protagonist is young and unprepossessing, but gains confidence and command as her story unfolds. However unwittingly, Voyager mimics this evolution, initially presenting a pair of facile, derivative popsmiths who seem to perceptibly mature into dynamic artists in the short space between the record's beginning and end." 6.8/10 - Pitchfork
"Load Walter Meego's Voyager into iTunes and the genre that appears is simply 'pop.' And despite the fact that the Chicago duo's material is built around a dance format, this is a truly apt description. On their debut, the band looks to spit-shine the work of current favorites Hot Chip and Cut Copy... Voyager's production is black-toast crisp and its songs retain an almost Beatles-like dedication to melodic precision." - XLR8R
A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara was raised bilingual just across the Florida Straits in Fort Lauderdale. College at University of Florida in Gainesville and a residency with the Vulgar Boatmen left him with a lifelong habit of Mudcrutch/Tom Petty-style crunchy guitar riffs. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, he formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell, plugging the main cable of American rock idiom into the jerry-rigged soundboard of Velvets-era feral experimentalism. The unlikely result, as evidenced by About Her Steps (1986), the seminal Cuba (1987) and their RCA debut The Silos (i.e., The One with the Bird on the Cover, 1990) was a loose-limbed conceptual country-rock that in turn influenced (if not outright inspired) the alt-country No Depression movement just around the corner. The band was voted Best New American Band in Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll of 1987 and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990.
"The Queen of Rockabilly"... Wanda Jackson is an legendary music icon and an important influence on both rock and country. Recently inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, Jackson has teamed up with Jack White as producer on her latest, The Party Ain't Over, which is getting a lot of attention and copious rave reviews.
"On The Party Ain’t Over... the Oklahoma firebrand once dubbed 'the female Elvis' for raucous rockabilly records... shows that a 73-year-old grandmother is still fully capable of ripping things up - especially when you throw in with someone as party-ready as producer Jack White... (Jackson's) voice retains plenty of sass six decades on, and White’s live-sounding band conjures the ambience of a gritty gig in some back alley bar for a rowdy crowd of mariachi bikers. Well done, Grandma Wanda." - Los Angeles Times
"The Party Ain't Over... secures Jackson's place as a 21st-century entertainer... (Producer Jack White) cleverly matches Jackson's infamous vocal growl with huge arrangements." - NPR
"If you think Jack White’s given 73-year-old Wanda Jackson a new lease of life, then think again; she’s been kicking up a hot fuss since she ditched that Elvis fella in the mid-’50s." 8/10 - NME
"Jack White's collaboration with rock's original trouble girl is at once reverent and uproarious." - Rolling Stone
"It's no real surprise that teaming one of today's great rockers with one of the great rockers of all time would yield such great results, but the surprise here is in how natural they sound together." 8/10 - Pop Matters
"The 73-year-old Queen of Rockabilly can still belt it out with the best of ‘em... Most artists her age would be content to release a greatest-hits compilation and wait for the checks to roll in, but Jackson’s willing to let White guide her through new territory. After all, they’re trying to say the same thing. They just say it a little different." - Paste
"On The Party Ain't Over... Jackson's gritty mobile-home-park vocals elbow their way through a mix where the outcome is as much punk as it is rock and the Queen confidently executes both with unexpected exactitude." 81/100 - Filter
On September 17th, The Luminary presents acclaimed producer and songwriter Washed Out for a special off-site show at Plush. Long adored and critically lauded in the blog world, Ernest Greene (aka Washed Out) first came to prominence in the summer of 2009 after unassumingly posting a handful of bedroom-recorded tracks to his Myspace page from his family home in the seclusion of the tiny rural city of Perry, Georgia. Along the way Washed Out inspired a legion of devoted supporters, followers and imitators before seemingly wilfully slipping back into obscurity again-just as the project was beginning to leave the internet ghetto behind in favor of bonafide real world success. Released on July 11th/12th (through Weird World in the UK/EU and Sub Pop in North America, respectively), debut full-length Within and Without is a summer record to span the seasons; a collection of songs as comfortable sound-tracking moments of peaceful relaxation as they are lighting up a party, and a strikingly mature next step from a uniquely focused, sincere artist.
"For his full-length debut, Greene teams with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) to revisit his '80s reveries, crafting Balearic bliss ("Eyes Be Closed") and refreshing New Romantic flounce ("Amor Fati"). He even invigorates '90s trip-hop's head-nod ("Before," the title track), making for an even better coast soundtrack." -Spin
"Within and Without is an excellent demonstration of what happens when, even after the buzz-band cycle has faded, you continue to investigate a sound on your own hushed, ambitious terms." - Pitchfork
The Elevator Music Series is presented in part by 88.1 KDHX, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, The Royale, and Local Harvest.
Water Liars is songs written by Justin Kinkel-Schuster, improved upon by Andrew Bryant, and recorded and played by the both of them.This arrangement was reached by accident in 2011 and resulted in their first record, PHANTOM LIMB, which came out in March of 2012.
WYOMING is their new record, out NOW on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
Wax Idols are the brainchild of Heather Fedewa (formerly of Bare Wires, Hunx & his Punx, and currently of Blasted Canyons). A firecracker in every sense of the word and a one-woman noise pop machine that’s assembled a brutish ensemble of players backing her up. Employing a rotating cast of SF Bay-area heads such as Mat Hartman (Sic Alps/Henry’s Dress/Coachwhips) and currently two of the ladies from the Splinters, it all coalesces into an impressively bombastic concoction here.
"Wax Idols... put on a badass punk front, but those shiny hooks expose just enough emotion to keep things from scabbing. Wax Idols are super-gritty and always promise to play their noisy garage punk loud and hard. The band is fronted by Hether Fortune who's got a firecracker reputation and a long list of local music projects, including Blasted Canyons and previously, Hunx and his Punx." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Wax Idols are the new group from Hether Fortune, who has spent time in Hunx & His Punx and Bare Wires. Fuzz pedals crash into jangly guitars, vocals are high sneer but also full of harmony." - Brooklyn Vegan
Formed in August 2011, Wayward Saints music harnesses a blend of alt country, Americana and roots rock twang. Driving country beats and heavy bass lines blended with catchy melody, Southwestern guitar riffs and slick harmonies makes this local band one to watch for in the upcoming year.
"Melody-enriched post-punk, danceable guitar rock, whatever you want to call them, We Are Scientists are remarkable for a peculiar fusion...of brainy beat structures and heartfelt pop... Rooted in the same intense song-smithery of eighties indie." - The Raft (UK)
"Point is, when there are bands as quirky, interesting and damn fun as We Are Scientists, the rest is all elementary... Oddball pop music, danceable guitar rock, whatever you want to call them, they're all about the fun. And luckily they have enough talent and great songs to take things up to the next level." - New Noise
"intrepid rhythm arrangements, clever lyrics... booty shaking" - Time Out New York
"We Are Scientists...insanely catchy pop songs." - Village Voice
Having opened for The International Noise Conspiracy and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, We Are Wolves will strike a chord with fans of art-punk/no-wave bands like the Slits, Les Georges Leningrad, the Liars, Animal Collective and the Fall at Mark E. Smith's crazier moments.
A "three-piece forming the same spastic tech-rhythms, dark-masked vocals and angular shout-punk of bands like Clinic and Les Georges Leningrad, We are Wolves are proponents of the choleric life in white noise. They pummel disco and electro beats into great distorted blocks of static and noise, chanting and shouting their vocals back and forth, like a call and response drag race in broken-down strips, tail-lighting the dawn." - Stylus
"For the last few years, local trio We Are Wolves have been tearing up the stage with their electrifying guitar/drum/analog synth attack. With herky-jerky, shouted/sung vocals that sometimes bring to mind fellow electro-punks Les Georges Leningrad, ... a crunchy, distorted, overdriven mess. And what a beautiful mess it is!... A solid debut from a great live act." 7.5/10 - Montreal Mirror
"We Ragazzi buzzed into Chicago's crowded indie-rock territory in late 1997, spicing up the scene with their brash mix of bluesy garage rock, and sassy new wave." - All Music Guide
The group toured extensively for the last year, supporting Les Savy Fav, Detachment Kit, the Apes, Scene Creamers, 90 Day Men, Denali, Minus the Bear, Blood Thirsty Lovers & Explosions in the Sky. This band is on the rise .... Think Le Tigre meets John Spencer.
"Beneath Portland, Ore.'s nationally-recognized layer of musical talent lies a bedrock of more than one thousand working bands throughout the metropolitan area. Among these up-and-coming acts, Weinland stands out as one of the most promising." - Paste
"Weinland... puts forth fragile, folky songs that at times evoke elements of Neil Young. (Not all evokers of Neil Young are worth spending time with, but this act is.) - USA Today
"The Portland five-piece's frontman, Adam Shearer, channels Elliot Smith's frail whisper - and like Smith's, his voice can stand steadfastly alone over a single guitar or piano note." - SF Guardian
"Weinland's latest... La Lamentor (is) an amazing and intimate collection of hauntingly beautiful folk lullabies... the kind of music that gives you goose bumps (in that good sort of way)." 4 stars - The Portland Mercury
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