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Music: Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Dawn McCarthy and Anwar Sadat

By Jason Gargano · July 30th, 2013 · CityBeat Recommends
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It doesn’t really come as a surprise that slanted Americana-flavored singer/songwriter Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy) was an Everly Brothers fan as a kid growing up in Louisville, Ky. More curious is the fact that Oldham’s latest album, What the Brothers Sang, is a tribute to the Everlys’ iconic employment of vocal harmony. 

The idea for the project actually sprouted from the fertile mind of Faun Fables’ singer/songwriter Dawn McCarthy, who sang on Oldham’s 2006 album The Letting Go.

Of course, Oldham, an eccentric of sorts who’s also known for his work as an actor, wasn’t going to make a typical covers record — What the Brothers Sang largely stays away from the big hits in favor of deeper cuts from the Everlys’ later recordings. 

Saturday at the Southgate House Revival with Anwar Sadat, supporting their new full-length Gold. The group showcases its caustic, cutting Post Punk/Post Hardcore/Noise Rock that reflects both the band’s Louisville, Ky. roots (the creepy, stalker-ish guitar tones sound like Young Widows) and Wesley’s inspirations, like Wire and Mission of Burma.

9 p.m. $17-$20. southgatehouse.com.



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