The Republic Tigers are loose in Tiger Country tonight. Mojo’s, your shelter from Roots ‘n Blues Fest, welcomes the Kansas City natives, along with So Many Dynamos (of xylophoney "New Bones" fame) and The Mulanix Street Orchestra (a sweet, sweet Kirksville, MO, collective). If you like blues as much as a guitar pick in the eye, this show is your chance to escape to a dreamy, transcendent plane with no buffalo wings. (So Many Dynamos is a little less dreamy and transcendent, so plan to hold off on the meditative bliss for just a bit.) The Republic Tigers have more psychedelic layers than an onion. Peel them back and savor—nay, weep with wonder.
The Republic Tigers' latest album, Keep Color, was released May 6, 2008, and includes such gems as "Buildings and Mountains" (watch the video here ) and "Fight Song." Trust me, these guys are better than barbecue.
Come see The Republic Tigers, So Many Dynamos, and The Mulanix Street Orchestra at 8:00 at Mojo's, Saturday, September 26.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, slap, slap, slap! On September 8 Rodrigo y Gabriela released 11:11, a fiery follow-up to their awe-inspiring 2006 self-titled album. The duo creates an entire street carnival of sound from just two guitars. The first time I heard "Tamacun" on WXRT in Chicago, my heart skipped a flamenco-style beat and nearly sent me careening off the road in rush-hour traffic. It's impossible not to move your feet when you hear the strike and smack of their playing—it clicks like crazy castanets. Just watch the video below, and you'll see what I mean.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero, originally from Mexico City and now denizens of Dublin. Oddly, the two met while playing in a Mexican thrash metal band and cite their musical influences as Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. Perhaps this isn't as odd as it seems: the songs strum along at death metal pace and have been known to cause diabolic foot tapping. Be forewarned!
Here's a quick video about the new album:
Post-Roots ‘n Blues Day 1
If you braved the beautiful weather last night to check out some blues and barbecue, I'd love to hear about it. Drop me a line or add a comment below.
Finally, in honor of the upcoming season of spooks and kooks, I'd like to thank "beader1" for sending me the following YouTube video. Whoever you are, you possess an admirable affinity for the spinetingling. (Yes, that's a theremin.)