"Elliott (has)... a voice with a wisdom beyond his years. One thinks of Harry Nilsson in his prime. (You know, the guy who did 'Everybody's Talkin') Some of his songs even rock out a bit, such as 'Today You, But Tomorrow the World...,' which could easily have been a companion piece to Calexico's breakaway song 'Even Stevie Nicks'." - Tucson Scene
"Singer-songwriter Will Sheff of the haunted-country quartet Okkervil River is ready for worldwide renown." - Rolling Stone
"Singing with both the raw-throated urgency of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and the melancholic intimacy of Will Oldham, Sheff's (lyrics represent)...Quality song-writing and storytelling...bittersweet poignancy." - Mojo
"Sheff...sings the intricate stories of forlorn war criminals and unrepentant adulterers with a novelist's aplomb, and takes the old-fashioned love song to epic proportions." - CMJ
"A great storyteller with rhyme schemes that would impress Eminem, frontman Will Sheff comes on like Conor Oberst with a tighter grip on the reins." - Entertainment Weekly
"Okkervil River's frontman Will Sheff's delicate voice and literary allusions...make this disc a gem." 5/5 - Alternative Press
Okkervil River's "songs actually read like microbursts of serious literary energy, and hearing them unlocks poetry hidden on the page...The ornate acoustic backgrounds...are so sweepingly atmospheric that they balance singer Will Sheff, who howls like the Old 97's Rhett Miller at his most unhinged." - Blender
"Sheff... (has a) knack for murder ballads (that) would make Johnny Cash cough and whose lyrical eye for detail is as sharp as...Nick Cave's" - No Depression
The Willard Grant Conspiracy is a constantly changing collective of musicians led by singer-songwriter Robert Fisher. The Americana gothic-noir project is on tour in support of their twelfth release, Pilgrim Road.
"The Willard Grant Conspiracy... (have) tapped into the finest folk gothic traditions of death, suffering, misery and hardship and fashioned a paradoxically uplifting, transformative record of extraordinary power." 5 stars - Uncut
"Willard Grant Conspiracy... expansive gothic sweep, a beautiful but fearful melange capable of sending shivers down the spine." - Amplifier
"Willard Grant Conspiracy... historically rooted music fired by present-tense passion." - Entertainment Weekly
"Willard Grant Conspiracy reach a new high, rumbling across a shadowy desert to the end of the road where sand meets pavement and Nick Cave stands in the luminescent glow of Gram Parsons.." - American Songwriter
"Fisher's rich tonality embraces his narratives like Willie Nelson singing Nick Cave murder ballads, resounding with comfort that reaches beyond the somber dignity of his blue world." - Boston Globe
"If Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds had kissing cousins in the U.S., it would be singer-songwriter Robert Fisher and his band Willard Grant Conspiracy." - Boston Phoenix
"Winelord... trashy, bass breaking rock and roll. It was like getting kicked by a centaur simultaneously punching an asteroid. It hurt so good." - AZNightBuzz
" Winelord... like eating a sloppy Joe with your feet: filthy and cute.” - Arizona Daily Star
Winter Eights The Uneasy Rider
Golden Boots' song-writers Sutherlin Crow and Winter Eights will be performing two solo sets in the Plush Lobby. Featuring there respective song stylings: one obsessed with the Graveyard the other with the Junkyard. Story songs of people and places that barely exsist, aswell as some covers of favorites.
Winter Jimboree: Benefit for Jim Gyuro & Amy Haskell
The Winter Jimboree will include drink specials, big hair a la Elvis/pompadour-style contest, a silent auction, raffle and of course bands... all to benefit local musician Jim Gyuro and Amy Haskell with cancer related expenses. This amazing bill will include: Jumper, Red Scout, Hans Hutchinson, Will Johnson and Shrimp Chaperone!
World Class Thugs incorporates many different styles within an Americana backdrop, running the gamut from jugbeat folk, carousel music, and roots-rock, to post-punk melodies and low desert tales of sorrow. Fans of Gogol Bordello, The Dresden Dols and Barbez!
The musical project of Katsuhiko Maeda, World's End Girlfriend's music is hard to place into one well-defined genre, blending elements of post-rock with electronica. For fans of Mogwai, Four-Tet, Tortoise, Sigur Ros, Mum, and Manitoba. World's End Girlfriend has just completed a split albume w/ Mono entitled, Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain.
"Mono and World's End Girlfriend's Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain... Anyone who wishes that Mogwai (as gratifying as Mr. Beast is) would return to the emotional intensity of 'My Father My King' or 'Hugh Dallas,' or who just wishes Godspeed You! Black Emperor would return, period, owes it to themselves to hear this." A - Stylus
"Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain lays out the best parts of their classical, contemporary and post-rock sound, and is also greeted with open arms by World's End Girlfriend's electronic and dreamy undertones. It's like when you watch the Wizard of Oz and play Dark Side of the Moon at the same time: something amazing happens." - The Red Alert
NYC's disturbingly cult-like, circus-related, Halloween-tent-revival orchestra The World/Inferno Friendship Society perform red-eyed soul show tunes for the swarming punk rock masses. This circus-punk act features a member from everybody's favorite indie-bar band - The Hold Steady! How does World/Inferno Friendship Society sound like? Imagine throwing punk, funk, caberet, ska and circus music into a blender!
"Who? Overtly political Brooklyn rock collective with more members than the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (and without the annoying dancing guy). Sounds Like? A Bar Mitzvah band gone punk rock: showtune-esque vocals, plenty of horns, and hooks that are impossible not to sing along to." 4/5 - Alternative Press
"The World/Inferno Friendship Society is a big-ass ska band. 'Ska' in the Weimar sense; it's more beer-hall and cabaret than two-tone or rude boy. They owe more of a debt to Soft Cell than they do to the Specials, though the connections to traditional ska are also quite evident. Still, it's best not to think of them as a band, but more of an exprience. A nine-piece band with chanteuses, piano pounders and a horn section from hell, they are led by the slick, sexy and dangerous gentleman of the world, Jack Terricloth." - Mundane Sounds
Worm Is Green - Another cool band from Iceland...something must be in the water on that frigid, volcanic island. This act is for fans of Sigur Ros and Portishead.
"Iceland's Worm Is Green gathers sparse electronic beats and glossy trip-hop threads for a stylish experimental sound...Worm Is Green successfully present different moods without losing their grasp in making an interesting sound. That's true art." 4 stars - All Music Guide
"...the electronic swirling and diving of a slocore Tortoise spiced with the spacey, intense trip-hop beats of Portishead and the buttery ambience of Sigur Ros..." - Salt Lake City Wekly