Thursday, January 14, 2010

TNK, Voxtrot and Kittypalooza

The winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows started last night at Schubas and Lincoln Hall and tonight Voxtrot plays LH with Solid Gold, Maps & Atlases and Gemini Club. We did a fairly comprehensive preview on Transmission (we won a Schubie!) for the festival; here is my preview for tonight's show. See you there!

(Also happening tonight is Kittypalooza @ Empty Bottle. A benefit for Tree House Humane Society, the show is dedicated to the Bottle's Radley, who passed away last year. There will be kitty themed drinks--I think thats reason enough to go. If I wasn't going to Voxtrot tonight I'd be there. I'm a sucker for kitties! (Hi Sasha!))

Voxtrot hails from indie rock haven Austin, TX and are best known for melodic light-hearted tunes from their debut Raised By Wolves EP, which had heavy '60s pop hints. They followed up their breakout success releasing a full length in 2007—even performing at our own Pitchfork Music Festival that same year—but they've been largely absent from the scene since. Then in March of last year, lead singer Ramesh Srivastava posted a note saying that "sometimes one needs to disappear in order to regroup; situations change and human beings are swept here and there by the marvelous ebb and flow of culture."

It appears that Voxtrot is back, however, judging by their new single, "Trepanation Party" (produced by Spoon's Jim Eno), which takes on a super '80s Cure vibe, the group may be taking a turn towards dramatic synths and blue-lit longing. Having not heard much else in '09, one would assume that they've been hard at work, hopefully resulting in some fresh material to be heard at their Lincoln Hall appearance.

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