Live Review: Hyannis/Tomato a Day; Joanna Newsom tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 6:10 pm November 6, 2006

I got a chance to catch most of the Hyannis set at O’Leaver’s Saturday night, and it was pretty durn good. Nothing like their record, the boys decided to break out the electric guitars and rock the house instead. These guys (and one lady) could definitely make a mark if they stay together longer than their former band, the promising One Mummy Case, which was around just long enough for me to take notice of them. Saturday night was also the first time I’ve had a chance to catch A Tomato a Day. I was expecting a noisefest based on the fact that frontman Brian Poloncic was a founding member of noise ensemble Naturaliste. Instead, the trio played a set of bluesy indie rock reminiscent of Sebadoh and (vocally anyway, to me) J. Mascis. Very nice stuff. I should have stuck around and got a copy of their demo.

Tonight, it’s Joanna Newsom at Scottish Rite Hall with Bobby Birdman. Here’s a brief preview written for The Reader:

Her child-like voice has been compared to everyone from Kate Bush to Lisa Simpson. I fancy it as a quirky cross between Latka Gravis’ wife Simka on “Taxi” (played by Carol Kane) and Melanie (who sang “Brand New Key”). Even more unique than her voice, however, is her instrument of choice, a full-sized harp just like the kind you’ve heard in orchestras or will hear at the pearly gates (if you’ve been good). On her new five-song, 55-minute EP, Ys (pronounced “ees”), Newsom coos, howls, shrieks and cheeps in all her baroque glory, backed by her gentle, bouncing harp and a whole slew of strings, woodwinds and brass. It’s weird, wonderful and mysterious, like the soundtrack to your last puffy-clouded dream.

Tickets are still available for $15, and the show starts at 8 p.m. It’ll be interesting to see how well this one does. Newsom may be hot stuff on the coasts, but I don’t know how well-known she is around here.

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