I'm apparently feeling a little retro today, so let's cut to the chase and check out the music, shall we?
Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5
Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5 pack a big punch with their live cabaret-esque set and I was thankful to hear that went ditto for the CD. Dark and rich, a little sexy and slightly more bizarre, Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5 weave great stories accompanied by an even greater amount of instruments. It's big band meets swing meets... punk, rock, polka and then some more.
We stumbled into the venue where these fellows played and had never even heard of them before. Needless to say, their powerful performance made me fall in love with them.
Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots
There is always something really amazing about listening to "new" old music. It's just the slight little nuances that inevitably occur when a group adopts a style that's been around for quite some time that make it that much more interesting.
Admittedly, R&B and soul aren't genres of music I tend to listen to on a regular basis. It comes up on the iPod, I like whatever song is playing, and then I carry on.
Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots changed that for me. With his Buddy Holly-esque glasses, great talent and charisma, Nick Waterhouse had the crowd captivated. The backup singers had extraordinary range and the entire set was just very lively and very tight.
So there you have it! As always, feel free to leave your own recommendations/two cents in the comments!