Music Tonight: From the land of Bob Dylan comes Thomas Kivi and Sarah Pray, a Minneapolis-based Folk duo styled after Dylan and Joan Baez's collaborative performances and similar to contemporary duos like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings or current breakout stars The Civil Wars. The twosome performs a free, 9 p.m. show tonight at Sitwell's on Ludlow Ave. in Clifton, part of their four-week U.S. jaunt called "The Better Weather Tour" (oops — sorry for the rain, y'all!). Joining forces in the summer of 2010, Kivi and Pray wasted no time taking their music to the world, embarking on an 11-week, 11-country tour of Europe in the fall of 2010. The pair have also found time to tend to their solo careers —a year ago, Kivi released his debut, Crying Child, to widespread local acclaim, while both artists have new recordings coming soon. Below, enjoy some great footage put together by bandwithsessions.com when the duo was in Ireland on that first big tour (billed as "Minnesota Nice").
• Grammy-nominated, Christian AltRock band After Edmund joins like-minded Michigan rockers Rocky Loves Emily as co-headliners tonight at Bangarang's of Covington (the former home of The Mad Hatter) for a 7 p.m., all-ages show. (Tickets are $10.) Also on the bill: Ohio on High, Cardboard Derby, Drum Machine and Role Models. After Edmund has taken to Kickstarter to fund a new album (click here to help), while Rocky Loves Emily's most recent release, American Dream, came out on Tooth and Nail Records in 2010. Check out RLE's video for the track "Clueless" below.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for January 26
On this day in 1997, the Green Bay Packers, led by strapping young lad Brett Favre, defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, held in New Orleans. Those who complain about the Super Bowl halftime shows of today should watch the below video featuring the XXXI halftime headliners … The Blues Brothers, which, circa 1997, was a fake version of a fake band. With the talented Belushi long gone, original Brother Dan Aykroyd was joined by pale substitutes Jim Belushi and John Goodman. Alas, the group was joined by actual musicians; besides the legendary backing band, James Brown and ZZ Top performed with the group originally spawned from a ’70s Saturday Night Live comedy sketch. Check out a cheesy, extremely low-tech clip below. (The more I think about it, I'd take this over some of the Super Bowl's attempts to attract a younger audience. May we never again have to suffer through a halftime show like 2001's Britney Spears/*NSYNC/Aerosmith clusterfart.)
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Jan. 26 birthday include: AltCountry hero Lucinda Williams (1953); frontman for Hair Metal faves Cinderella, Tom Keifer (1961); the never-heard-from-again half of ’80s Pop duo Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley (1963); modern Gospel music megastar Kirk Franklin (1970); and legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen (1957).
Van Halen's world tour and new album announcement drew a lot of attention recently. The group's A Different Kind of Truth is due Feb. 7, the first album of new material featuring singer David Lee Roth since 1984's mammoth hit, 1984. Well, sorta "new" — fans have been noticing that a few of the tracks from the forthcoming album contain parts similar to earlier VH material. The first single, "Tattoo," is based on a song Van Halen played live on its 1978 world tour (parts were also used in the intro to the group's cover of "You're No Good" from Van Halen II), while a song called "She's the Woman" apparently was reworked from a 1976 demo.
Is it a sign that the reconstituted Van Halen is unable to write enough new stuff together or a signal that they've revisited the past as a sort of bonding experience? With the notoriously contentious relationship between Roth and Eddie, who can be sure?
The group has been leaking samples from the new VH album leading up to the release date. Below, check out portions of the latest leaked track, "Stay Frosty" (a cheeky reference to the principals' chilly relationship?):