By Rachel Heisler
Saturday, May 1; Burt's Tiki Lounge (21 and over, 9 p.m.): Something special happens when bands fuse two seemingly nonrelated styles of music. Not only does it create a new direction in which music can head, but it also makes you stop and realize that some people are still thinking outside the box, and that's kind of comforting.
Dusty 45s are one such band, creating "loungacana" by blending lounge and Americana. The silky, slick curves of laid-back lounge have taken away the sharp edges from traditional honky-tonk, leaving behind a feathering of upbeat yet softened roots—at least some of the time. At other times, Dusty 45s wear their rockabilly-jump blues-country hats with pride. They give you the best of both worlds: The hard and the soft, the nice and the mean, the black and the white, God and the devil.
And it's the devil who takes center stage in the band's new CD, Devil Takes His Turn. Singer/
Just listening to those three songs gives me goose bumps. Feel the chills yourself tonight at this free show at Burt's.
For their seventh studio album, Lift a Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates—guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, bassist Josh Portman and guest drummer Nate Young (Anberlin)—succeeded on all those fronts. “We really feel like we got where we wanted to be, and made a proper rock ‘n’ roll record,” Key says proudly.
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