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Monday, May 12, 2008

Tonight in Music: The Little Ones, and That One Band That Sang That One Song About Walking 500 Miles

posted by on May 12 at 10:50 AM


The Little Ones, Ra Ra Riot, Panda & Angel
(Chop Suey) I mostly know the Little Ones from their friends in high places: I first heard their pretty perfect pop gem “Lovers Who Uncover” as remixed by wicked 8-bit electro goths Crystal Castles. The next time I heard it was watching old DVDs of Veronica Mars. Their new EP, Terry Tales & Fallen Gates, might not live up to the strength of that fantastic single, but it reveals a sweet, gentle pop band, equally influenced by the sunny, beach rock of their native California and the moody gray jangle of faraway England. Syracuse, New York, youngsters Ra Ra Riot are like a miniature Arcade Fire, ditching the overwrought theatricality but keeping the furiously shredding string section (and actually making an electric cello look pretty good). Locals Panda & Angel open with their delicate, frozen-cold indie pop. ERIC GRANDY

Listen to the Little Ones:
“Lovers Who Uncover”

“Cha Cha Cha”

Ra Ra Riot - “Dying is Fine”

Also tonight? The Proclaimers at the Tractor. I’m sure they’ve gone on to write more notable songs than this one, but this is the song they will forever be known for:

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By definition, if they'd written more notable songs, we'd have heard of them.

Posted by Eric Grandy | May 12, 2008 11:36 AM

— "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is amazing.

It always was. Always shall be. Thank you for this post.

Posted by Aaron Edge | May 13, 2008 2:41 PM

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