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October 22nd, 2011 By mbreen | Music | Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video

Squeeze the Day(s) for 10/22-23

Spindrift, Bettye LaVette and The Sounds, plus This Weekend in Music

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Music Saturday: There's a clinic on modern Psych Rock music at the Southgate House as three disparate practitioners team up for a  9:30 p.m., all-ages show. Headliners The Black Angels touch on the Velvet Underground brand of psychedelia, with droning hypnotics, as well as later artists like Spacemen 3 and Jesus and Mary Chain. D.C.'s Dead Meadow have been working their brand of hard-rocking trippiness for the past 13 years, while L.A.'s Spindrift make soundtracks for desert vision quests, influenced by the likes of The Doors, Hawkwind and Electronic music pioneer, Bruce Haack. The band's cinematic sound has been used to soundtrack several film projects (including the Tarantino-produced Hell Ride), and, this spring, the group released Classic Soundtracks Volume 1, featuring 14 themes from various scores, which were made into short films by various directors, touching on everything from Bollywood to film noir (the films, music videos and trailers from the project have been screened to a national audience on the IFC network). Check out a few examples from Spindrift's soundtracks project below. Tickets for tonight's show are $18 at the door.

• Soul singer Bettye LaVette has had a spectacular "second act" in her career, going from obscure ’60s R&B vocalist to hip modern song stylist who records for the cool Anti- label (Tom Waits, Wilco, Dr. Dog, Sage Francis). LaVette spoke with Steven Rosen for CityBeat this week for a feisty interview in which the singer shows little reverence for the famed composers she has covered in her successful "comeback" phase. "I don’t connect any of the songs with any of the people,” she says. “When I hear a song and want to sing it, that’s who I hear singing it. I don’t hear them singing." Read the full interview here then head to McAuley Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

tonight for LaVette's performance with opener Jackie Bristow. Tickets are $35 at the door. (Find more details — including directions — here.)

Music Sunday: If there are two areas where Swedes excel, it’s in the manufacture of ready-to-assemble furniture with heiroglyphically-based instruction sheets, and the recording of insanely catchy Pop music. The Sounds — performing Sunday at The Mad Hatter in Covington — fall into the latter category. The Synth Pop/Rock band came together in 1998 in Helsingborg, first as a quartet of school friends (vocalist Maja Ivarsson, guitarist Felix Rodriguez, bassist Joha Bengston, drummer Fredrik Blond) which swelled to a quintet with the addition of keyboardist Jesper Anderberg; the line-up has remained consistent for the past 13 years. 

The Sounds’ debut album, Living in America, earned the band plenty of accolades at home, including a Swedish Grammis for Best New Artist, and a solid fan base in the US; they played the 2004 and 2006 Warped Tours and have opened for Foo Fighters, Panic! At The Disco and The Strokes, among others. Trivia fact: Dave Grohl was so taken with the Sounds that he wore one of their T-shirts in the video for “Times Like These.”

The Sounds’ subsequent albums — 2006’s Dying to Say This to You, 2009’s Crossing the Rubicon, this year’s Something to Die For — garnered good press for the most part, and high profile exposure on The Vampire Diaries, the Scream 4 soundtrack and a Geico commercial and tours as both support (No Doubt, Paramore, Angels & Airwaves) and headliners (our own Foxy Shazam opened their 2009 American tour).

The Sounds have often been compared to The Cars and Blondie, which is a fairly appropriate yardstick on the band’s first three albums which bristle with New Wave Synth Pop energy and crisply infectious guitars. The Sounds’ latest, Something to Die For, finds them hewing slightly closer to a pure Pop direction, reminiscent of fellow Swedes ABBA, although it’s hardly a huge departure from the rest of their catalog. And if none of this seems incentive enough, Maja Ivarsson was cited by Blender Magazine as one of Rock’s hottest women. 

Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds

Oh, look … there’s a line forming now.

Doors for The Sounds' all-ages Mad Hatter show open at 7 p.m. and The Limousines, Kids at the Bar and K. Flay open. Tickets are $20. (Preview by Brian Baker)

Here's a clip of The Sounds performing at this year's Gullfisken Awards in Oslo.

Momentous Music Happening for October 22 and 23
On Oct. 22, 1934, notorious bank robber Charles Arthur Floyd — better known as Pretty Boy Floyd — was killed in a shoot-out with police in East Liverpool, Ohio. Five years later, musical icon Woody Guthrie wrote "The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd," a tribute to the outlaw and his Robin Hood-like reputation. The song has been covered by several Folk and Country artists, including, most famously, Bob Dylan.

On Oct. 23, 2004, Pop singer Ashlee Simpson effectively ended her successful recording career after an embarrassing performance snafu on live, national television. As Simpson prepared to "sing" on Saturday Night Live, the band began a song that differed from the vocals that magically appeared, leading to charges of lip-syncing. Simpson did a jig and the show cut to commercial, making it one of the show's biggest on-air errors, perhaps rivaled only by Charles Rocket's utterance of the word "fuck" on a 1981 episode. Rocket was later fired; Simpson went on to marry Pete Wentz and exist primarily in the pages of celebrity tabloids.

Born This Day: Musical folks sharing an Oct. 22 birthday include: Rocker ("I Fought the Law") Bobby Fuller (1943); ailing Mountain ("Mississippi Queen")  singer/guitarist Leslie West (1945); Youngstown, Ohio native and Punk Rock icon with the Dead Boys, Stiv Bators (1949); Cris Kirkwood of Kurt Cobain faves Meat Puppets (1960); Shaggy (the Dancehall Reggae king, not the Scooby-Doo character; 1968); and singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne (1968). Happy 43rd to Shelby!

Those born Oct. 23 include: Singer for second-wave Ska band Selecter, Pauline Black (1953); honky-tonkin' hunk (and damn fine actor) Dwight Yoakam (1956); Suicidal Tendencies/Ozzy/Metallica bassist Roberto Trujillo (1964); and iconic satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic (1959).

"Weird Al" was, oddly enough, not his given name. It was just Alfred. Here's to Alfred's 52nd year on earth! Thanks for making the planet a much sillier place.

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