The best 10 bux ever spent on a night of music. California’s Irving display several influences but always have a consistent sensible poppy sound. Their songs are catchy with surf rock hooks that remind me of a cross between the Beach Boys and The Beatles. They’ve updated all that’s great from the 60’s to a unique modern sound all their own. Their warm melodies had more life on stage than on their new album, Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers, which is oh so swell.
I finally got to see the blog-friendly band Voxtrot. This band from Austin has garnered so much buzz from just 2 EP’s and there is no sign of them slowing down. 2 sold out shows at Mercury Lounge and SXSW. Their music is really fun and they make you want to sing, smile, and dance along with them. They are quite charming on stage and the ladies really seem to like them. I was in the front row literally surrounded by a dozen dancing girls. I loved their live set and they played a few new songs that were quite good. They even alluded that they’ll be finally be recording a FULL album. Can’t wait to hear more indie gems from this up and coming band.