Music to Your Ears
By Carolyn Carlson
The Beat Goes On
The Warehouse 508 crew is ramping up for a month of rhythm. Despite battles over arts funding at City Hall, February will see a couple of music and poetry events sponsored by the youth-led organization.
Your friend’s ska band sounds like shit
By Simon McCormack
The evildoers in The Supervillains love ska—or at least they used to.
Flyer on the Wall
Dancing in the Moonlight
Billa and Dave 12 present "A Boogie Affair: 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8,” featuring house music and your butt. From 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Moonlight Lounge (120 Central NW). 21+, $3. (LM)
Cotton Jones Paranoid Cocoon · John Frusciante The Empyrean
If you feel a little down in the dumps, be thankful you don’t have it as bad as Cotton Jones singer-songwriter Michael Nau. The brainchild behind the now defunct folk-pop group Page France just can’t shake the deep-seated misery. Cotton Jones likes to ride three chords until they’re begging for a breather. But the Rhodes organ and twangy alt.country guitar craft such an appealing atmosphere that variety needn’t enter into the equation. The convivial backing vocals of Whitney McGraw help to mitigate the morose lyrical imagery. There’s no doubt Nau’s felt an abundance of pain, but he channels it into cathartic, droning gems. (SM)
Courtesy of the Artist
Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal
By August March
At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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