Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tonight's Best Bet

I'm not saying that this is the only good show tonight. This is, however, the best show going on tonight. And yes, Les Americains and Menkena will be playing. It will be at the Double-Wide in Dallas, however, not at Grayton Beach. Why should you go? I'm so glad you asked. Let me tell you a little about the two bands.

Jimmy and the other guys from Menkena have been busy recording their first full-length CD, and as a result, live shows have been rare. For those who have yet to hear the band, it is quite the unique blend. The songs alone stand alone just from a singer-songwriter perspective. What the band does is take these solid melodies and lyrics and sets them to a dreamy, shoegaze style. One might be tempted to classify the music as mere shoegaze, but I cannot think of another shoegaze band that gives as much attention to the art of storytelling as does Menkena.

If that's not reason enough to attend, Les Americains will bring plenty of rock this evening. Correction: Les Americains will bring plenty of RAWK. And yes, there is a world of difference. If the band has a familiar feel, perhaps it's because of Jeff Parker and Mike Lamm, formerly of the band [DARYL]. When Dylan started The Crash That Took Me, he took the more experimental/melodic side of the band with him. Jeff and Mike took the hard driving rhythms with them and injected that same energy in Les Americains. The songs are loud, heavy, and most importantly, a helluva lot of fun to listen to.

Oh, changing gears here: I'm extending the voting until tonight at Midnight. Email me at with your top 5. Yes, I'm giving you guys a little more time. Use it wisely.

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