Gives new meaning to “barbershop quartet”
Girls released their third LP this past Tuesday. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (True Panther) is probably the strongest heavy rock record to date in 2011. F,S, & HG is filled with hazy neo-psych touches such as wafts of organ harmony and blurred rhythm guitars; material that would be equally at home in the early 1970s but is so sincerely delivered that it reads sincere rather than self-consciously retro. But it’s Christopher Owens’ understated delivery juxtaposed against roaring guitar solos that make the album an out-of-the-park homerun. Even songs as unpleasantly titled as the seven minute long epic “Vomit” and its companion rocker “Die” will win you over with their incredibly solid arrangements and unerring pacing.
To celebrate the album’s release, Girls is on tour (see dates below). They are also making a high profile stop at Grimey’s in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, September 16 at 5 PM. Billed as a “Nationwide Instore,” Girls’ performance will be broadcast live to over 75 independent record stores nationwide. What a great way to support local record retailers. If you can’t find a store that’s participating in your area (or you just need to be a couch potato at the end of the work week) you can even check out the show from your computer, via a live stream on Facebook.
GIRLS TOUR DATES
Sep 14 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sep 15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Sep 16 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Sep 17 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 19 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Sep 20 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Sep 22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sep 23 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sep 24 Boston, MA – Paramount Center
Sep 25 Montreal, QC – Corona Cabaret (POP Montreal Festival)
Sep 27 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club Theatre
Sep 29 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep 30 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Oct 01 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave Nightclub
Oct 04 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Oct 05 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Oct 06 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct 08 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Oct 09 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Sure, we all can complain about the Grammy Awards. For me, the lack of representation of classical music and jazz on the telecast is just one of many disappointments. But before the glitz of the runway and glamour of the broadcast, several artists were acknowledged for their achievements in these genres.
The Naxos Group nearly ran the table last night. Their artists and imprints picked up a total of nine Grammy awards.
Noteworthy among the winners were Michael Daugherty, recognized for his Deus ex Machina, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; they garnered 3 awards for their all Daugherty Naxos recording (Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Engineered Album, Classical).
The NSO has had quite a challenging year; they were compelled to vacate their performance space, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, for several months due to the severe flooding that struck the city in May, 2010 (the orchestra sustained over $40 million in damages!). Now, they’re back in their renovated home and they have much to celebrate!