July 16, 2012

Televised Tune: On the Tube This Week

The summer may be the off season for prime-time network programming, but thankfully the late night shows don’t suffer from the same fate. Whether it’s comedian Louis C.K. visiting The

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Big Moon Ritual

Heady sounds generated by a hirsute bunch, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Big Moon Ritual might seem a contrived throwback to a past long, if the music didn’t sound like it came perfectly natural to them.

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King Tuff and Chris Weisman: King Tuff and Fresh Sip

In spite of its unfortunate name, Happy Birthday are indeed one of the most talented and overlooked acts on the Sub Pop roster. If you haven’t checked out their excellent dB’s-gone-DIY self-titled debut from 2010, especially if you are a lover of scrappy power pop, you should straightaway. Used copies are going for something like 16 cents on Amazon, so jump on that shit with the quickness while those prices last.   And if you find yourself loving the melodies from these Birthday boys from Brattleboro, Vermont, there are two solo project spinoffs of the band well worth checking out.   King Tuff is the nom-de-plume of one Kyle Thomas,

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Friends/Wild Nothing: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ 6/30/12

It's the last weekend in June, the time of year when Phoenix dwellers rethink their reasons for living so close to the mouth of hell and are looking for the closest place to cool off or at least forget about how hot it is, and because it is Saturday, several dedicated music buffs or at least the die-hard young and hip of downtown Phoenix ventured out to the increasingly beloved Crescent Ballroom to drink, dance and sweat.

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