Local Goodness

By December 5, 2011

“How’s the local music scene?” you wonder? “Anything goin’ on in our sleepy little town?”

“Goin’ great,” I say “Plenty is happening.”

I saw Shayna and the Bulldog and The Dirt Feelin at the new G Street Wunderbar. Both played fantastic sets. Shayna recently lost its original drummer but gained a new one, who more than held his own. The addition of a female singer/vocalist was a wise move; great pipes and strong stage presence. Shayna played songs exclusively from its new album and EP. While I missed hearing old favorites from “States,” I love the newer, moody, National-esque tracks, especially “Red Dress.” So I was a happy camper.

First time I’ve seen locals The Dirt Feelin and it won’t be my last. These guys busted out soul/funk/hip-hop jams and got the crowd going. Frontman Marque is a monster on the mic- he brought the energy up to 11. The band is seamless and boy can it jam!

I went across the street to Woodstock’s Glow. DJ Rogue never lets me down, playing sick dubstep/breaks/drum n bass. Dubstep versions of Kreayshawn and Andre Nikitina made my night. Even when the dance floor thinned out to a few, I still got down. Check it out Saturday nights.

Two of my favorite new albums are from locals. The Common Men “Let it Burn” is a morose indie rock record but with hard grooves that will satisfy The Press Club crowd. Fans of Interpol, Joy Division and Franz Ferdinand take note. Singer Kevin Ian’s vocals are unique. Kinda strange actually but fit perfectly with the band. Imagine Jello Biafra and David Byrne in a heated argument.

Tycho’s “Dive” is already on my year-end-best list. This Sacramento producer and graphic designer creates lush, beautiful and invigorating electronic music. Some critics called his early work a Boards of Canada clone, and while it’s an influence, he has his own signature style. A random YouTube comment struck me as a perfect- “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I feel friendships in his songs. It grabs me and says I should walk with him and watch something beautiful.” So true. It’s simultaneously heartbreaking, breath-taking and gorgeous. What M83 is striving for, Tycho has achieved. I feel like a wide-eyed innocent child at Christmas when I put on “Dive.” Matter of fact, gift it to your hipster niece/nephew this Christmas. You’ll forever be the cool aunt/uncle.

Landon Christensen

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