One of the joys of writing about local music is that it pushes you to go out and experience music you might not run into within the predefined circles of personal taste. Such was the case this evening.
Lucky 757 is a flat out no holds barred kickass live band. Playing in lock-step precision fueled by an obvious love for their genre, catching a group like this is probably the best way to introduce one's self to Surf Rock. The album is good. Very good, I suspect -- though I'm just not educated enough on the intricacies of the form to give a valuable opinion. But live? Live is how this band is meant to be heard.
Katie and the Teardrops laid down a solid performance that left me wanting more. I'll be making a point to dig deeper with this music -- she's been a member of the scene stretching way back and deserves a deeper story than time and space permit here. But suffice it to say that the music is raucous and driven by her out-sized talent and personality. I'm looking forward to exploring her work.
Gina & the Cow Tipping Playboys featured some raw, stripped down combination of country cum rockabilly. She sort of strikes a chord in my head like if June Carter was Johnny Cash, instead of Johnny being Johnny. If that makes sense. With a boatload of music awards stretching back to '09, it's obvious that this is a band that's leaving a mark.
Any one of these groups deserves your time and money.
Katie and the Teardrops
Gina & the Cow Tipping Playboys