Woods and the Fresh & Onlys with guests The Shakedown Sunday July 24, 2011 Tickets: $8 advance
Woods on Pitchfork: At Echo Lake - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14224-at-echo-lake/ BEST NEW MUSIC - Songs of Shame - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/12837-songs-of-shame/
Fresh & Onlys on Pitchfork: BEST NEW MUSIC - Play It Strange - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14736-play-it-strange/
"Woods is a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill... a Janus, a Gemini and a screen door. The sun won't fade and the earworms will not leave, but the jams go on too long for the girl in the back who wonders if her friends are at another bar. Still, the ballads always make her cry. Woods is up there relaying the Woods-feel: Folk-rock, fuzz, tambourines, tapes and raw lunch pulled straight from the yard. Pop songs and other things: Sun and Shade." [Glenn Donaldson]Over the past few years Woods have established themselves as an anomaly in a world of freaks. They were an odd proposition even in the outré company of vocalist/guitarist/label owner Jeremy Earl's Woodsist roster, perpetually out of time, committed to songsmanship in an age of noise, drone and improvisation, to extended soloing, oblique instrumentals and the usurping use of tapes and F/X in an age of dead-end singer-songwriters. Recent live shows have seen them best confuse the two - playing beautifully-constructed songs torn apart by fuzztone jams and odd electronics. Deformed by contemporary experiments, bolstered by magical traditions from the past, WOODS the sound of now, right here.
THE FRESH & ONLYS
The Fresh & Onlys have had an unusually prolific past couple of years. On the heels of their critically acclaimed album Play It Strange, the band returns with a bold creative leap forward on their new EP Secret Walls. The cavernous opening sounds of Secret Walls reveal the strong threads of hazy post-punk melancholy that have been woven throughout the band's catalog and have now fully matured. Tim Cohen's crooning baritone is more confident and commanding than ever as it is sewn into the dizzying tapestry of the melody, while the guitar sounds of Wymond Miles often suggest the dynamic interplay of Verlaine/Lloyd. Long in the works, this EP was recorded in guitarist Miles' San Francisco studio and properly captures their ambience while bringing forward Kyle Gibson's lock-step drumming and the unique melodic play of bassist Shayde Sartin. It is the next logical step for the F&O's and their moody, jangly guitar pop.
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