Narrative: A forlorn hand gets his heart broken and searches for love.
Performance: None. Well, the hand sings. And plays trumpet.
Song: The title track of The Format’s second and last album, “Dog Problems,” is a masterpiece of orchestral indie pop that could just as easily be part of a musical as it could the soundtrack to a Zach Braff film.
Why You Should Watch It: It’s simple, cute, and smartly done on what was probably a non-existent budget. It doesn’t look great, but it doesn’t have to. It nails a homemade look that Spike Jonze or early Gondry would be proud of. The visual gags come in rapid succession, some commenting on the song, others illustrating it
They followed up this by dressing their hands and knocking out a sock puppet video:
The band called it quits soon after “Dog Problems” was released in 2008, but fans of the sprawling sound can find plenty to love in singer/songwriter Nate Ruess’ follow-up project fun. (who just released a new single on their Facebook).
Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |
This Friday, Sept, 23rd, the incredibly talented band Strive Roots is opening up for classic funk band War. If you’ve never heard of Strive Roots, let this video recorded by MusicWithoutLabels at last year’s THC Music Fest, give you your first taste. Eli (lead guitar) does something with the guitar I’ve never seen ANYONE ever do. I still can’t figure out how he does it. Check it out:
With tunes like that, and one of my favorites, Communicate:along with a whole slur of new material, this show is going to be ridiculous! If you’re in Southern Cali, and you like to dance and jam the f*k out, you’re definitely going to want to catch this. Tickets are on sale here, or you can email Eli directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe he’ll hook you up!
Strive Roots also plays tonight at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood at 11:30 pm. If you don’t happen to be in town, you can check out all that Strive Roots has to offer at striveroots.com or on Facebook. This band is seriously going to blow up soon, unquestioned. Don’t miss em!
Crooks are like a throwback to traditional country music (Hank Williams Sr.) while also maintaining a modern, rockabilly sound. The members of Crooks are Josh Mazour, Sam Alberts, Rob Bacak, and Andrew Vanvoorhees. This four piece Austin based band played at SXSW this past spring and is currently playing in the Austin area – they have a show tomorrow night at the Continental Club. Downtown’s outlaw country drawl is representative of what good indie country should be.
The band has been busy this summer working in the studio with Austin Chronicle Music Awards winner of Producer of the Year, Danny Reisch. However, they recently set time aside to show off some of the new material they’ve been creating. Filmed at an Austin Music Weekly session here is the video for their newest song The Rain Will Come.
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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