Call it Chamber Pop, Baroque Rock, Orchestral Rock (as
many have) or whatever, but the characteristics are thoughtfully
introspective lyrics, naturalistic vocals, sumptuous melodies and
arrangements featuring string sections, brass and exotic coloration from
resonant acoustic instruments.
Like former bandmate Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham has also developed another side,
another strength, in the eight solo albums he’s been releasing since
1997’s Escape From Monster Island. He’s a forcefully evocative
singer/songwriter whose deeply gruff, soulful voice is reminiscent of
As the old adage says, “preparation meets opportunity” is
often the path to success in the music world. However, a little luck
doesn’t hurt, either. When you talk about the career of Ryan Bingham,
all of the above is true.
When people of a certain age hear the name Chevelle, they
typically think of Chevrolet’s high performance sports coupe from the
’70s. Oddly enough, the brothers Loeffler had the same thought when naming their band in 1995; the
Chevelle was their father’s favorite car.
Sometimes it only takes a well-placed reference to bump an
artist up to the next level. French-born guitarist Stephane Wrembel was
already enjoying an acclaimed career when director Woody Allen tapped
him to score the theme of his 2011 Academy Award-winning film Midnight in Paris, which he performed live to the millions who tuned into the ceremony’s telecast.
In the case of the effervescent seven-piece, The Duke
of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra, their inclusion of “bacon” as an
inspiration on their Facebook page — alongside the more conventional
choices of Motown, Funk, Ragtime, Jazz, Rock and “Popssical” — is
telling for multiple reasons.
Most people have some sort of plans for this
Tuesday. But for those who don’t celebrate Christmas — and, especially,
for those who need a family-gathering escape hatch — MOTR Pub and The
Guitars have an easy (and free!) out.