Music to Your Ears
The Shins are Bigger than Jesus—Yup, it's official. As of this writing, The Shins' brand-new album, Wincing The Night Away, is the second highest selling album on Amazon.com, beating out The Beatles' Love (No. 8) and Madonna's Confessions Tour DVD and CD set (No. 6), for the love of all that's holy. So technically, they're bigger than the-band-that's-bigger-than-Jesus and Madonna. That's an astounding number of CD players to occupy. And with big-name recognition for what once was a small-town (that would be Albuquerque) band, comes the need for a Shins FAQ. Take note, members of the foreign press.
Bad Weather California
Music for indie record heads ... and your aunt and uncle, too
Although Chris Adolf resides in the Mile-High City, the singer, songwriter and only permanent member of neofolk project Bad Weather California prefers a small town scene. The yen for a cozier location is evident in his intimate, gruff but earnest style that’s somewhere between a warm embrace and a cold stare. Like many independent musicians, Adolf is not all that comfortable in the digital age. Whenever he thinks a song sounds too crisp or clean, he makes sure to “mush it up.” Adolf and his ever-rotating cast of backing musicians are genuinely interested in making music for the masses, but they also want to make sure their souls stay intact in the process.
Flyer on the Wall
Soundtrack to Your Heartbreak
It came out this summer, but The Coma Recovery’s Drown That Holy End In Wine is actually the perfect album for Valentine’s Day. “Capulet” (track No. 8) even works as both the backdrop for a satisfying makeout sesh and the anthem of your next breakup. Get it at www.failedexperimentrecords.com.
Like a hot bath with all the suds at the end of a hellish week or a bad breakup, the debut release from the nouveau pop trio The Postmarks is a soothing (if a bit melancholic) album. This collection of songs has a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel attitude in both the lyrics (delivered via soft coos by vocalist Tim Yehezkely) and the elegant melodies. There are elements of Burt Bacharach and The Smiths, and, although the instrumentation is complex, the record never comes close to sounding overproduced.
Jimmy Bluffett • tribute, soft rock
If you’ve had enough of Fan Halen, the Rolling Clones and Motley Crouton and just want to be wastin’ away (again) in Margaritaville, then by all means come on down to Route 66 Casino on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm to see Jimmy Bluffett put on a Jimmy Buffet tribute show that blows out your flip-flop. Fifteen bucks gets you into this all-ages show, but if you want the genuine buffet, come early when $29.99 allows you to fill your parrot head with all-you-can-eat crab legs. For more information, see rt66casino.com.
A Night of Comedy with Bob Odenkirk and Friends • stand-up and improv comedy
The star of “W/ Bob and David” and “Better Call Saul” hosts a comedy get-together at the KiMo Theatre that's sure to chase away those summer blues. Featuring the Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company and some surprise guests, A Night of Comedy with Bob Odenkirk & Friends starts at 7:30pm, this Saturday, July 27. Tickets for the 13 and up show are $40 and sales benefit local sober-living and substance abuse rehab facility Endorphin Power Company.