Tuesday, February 26, 2008

TUES 2/26: French Kicks, Bon Savants, Harris, Aloud

French Kicks
French Kicks, Bon Savants, Harris, Aloud
at Harpers Ferry, 158 Brighton Avenue, Allston
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

I'm not afraid to admit that I was late in hearing French Kicks, but I started with the most recent album, "Two Thousand". While the diehard fans seem pissed that they've moved away from their punkier garage origins, I think it's great stuff.

I like the earlier songs, but I also enjoy the current texture and subtlety. The riffs are more developed, additional flavors lend extra color, and I dig the drummer adding a lot of interesting rhythmic ideas.

They might have hit the scene around the time of The Strokes and The Walkmen, but I don't know what people expect beyond some good tunes played well... French Kicks offer quality pop-rock that sits well next to Band of Horses -- and yes, I'll say it -- Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and Snow Patrol.

The three openers -- Bon Savants, Harris and Aloud -- are excellent local bands who all offer something different yet make a complementary line-up. A good way to check out new music is to listen for free.

My friends at Going.com put on a free Bang Camaro show a month (or so) ago, and it looks to be a monthly series co-sponsored with Miller. All you have to do is RSVP here -- and register if you're not a member at Going yet. (It's a event-oriented social networking site that will send you as many emails as you decide. I even have a 'group' on the site.) Hurry up and sign up if you want to go.

I'll be there, so please say "hello" if yout think you recognize me...

If you haven't seen this yet, you must watch this hilarious Jimmy Kimmel clip, "I'm F***ing Ben Affleck"!

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