Tonight Monday Night, Y’all
posted by July 23 at 13:52 PMon
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.