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Monday, July 23, 2007

Monday Night, Y’all

posted by on July 23 at 13:52 PM

The Stranger’s official line on shows for tonight: “Umm, well, I guess… It’s hard to explain.”

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat…Y’all ever consider asking the Texan for some Monday picks? In fact, I’ve got two dandies from my former Red River stomping grounds.


Eisley doesn’t sound much like their small hometown of Tyler, Texas, just east of Dallas. This quintet of four siblings and a cousin, currently sitting on a mean age of 20.8 years, has been winning over Radiohead-alytes since 2003 with surging piano-pop. Lest you already be bored by that description, rest assured that their starry-eyed rock is better than the usual suspects thanks to their unworldly three-sister vocal harmonies. Though the band has stunned crowds at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on tours with Coldplay and Snow Patrol, their expected stardom still hasn’t kicked off. Perhaps Combinations, their new record from Reprise due out August 14, will do the trick; get a sneak peek at the Crocodile Cafe tonight.

Watermelon Slim, on the other hand, sounds exactly like his Norman, Oklahoma digs. Take the rapid fire pedal steel play of Junior Brown, then infuse him with a white guy whose blues ability has nothing to do with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and you’ve got perhaps the best modern bluesman currently kicking around the South. Expect his opening set at the Triple Door to ruin the crowd for big band blues headliner John Lee Hooker, Jr.

Now, if’n y’all need me, I’ll be in the corner with some sweet tea and an umbrella. Damned Seattle weather.

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Megan only wrote "Hard to Explain" because it's her favorite Strokes song. She loves the Strokes.

Posted by Jeff Kirby | July 23, 2007 4:02 PM

thanks Sam-
yes i find it weird when the stranga'
can't manage to put up some recommendations for every night, and what is this about going to a chocolate shop? Like that is some sort of entertainment, well ok maybe so....
best R

Posted by robert | July 23, 2007 10:06 PM

For the record: Only two of the Eisley sisters sing. The other one always has a microphone on stage but only uses it to talk to the crowd between songs. Still quite unworldly harmonies though. So far Combinations sounds like a much better representation of their live sound than Room Noises did, more teeth to the guitars.

Posted by KS | July 23, 2007 10:16 PM

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