North Carolina alt-country group Hiss Golden Messenger isn't a stranger to the "saxophone moment," à la those that punctuate Van Morrison's best albums. One of those moments creeps in on the band’s 2011 LP Poor Moon, toward the end of album opener "Blue Country Mystic," when the brass trots downstage to gently tug at the curtains. Songwriter and [...]
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Standout Track: No. 2, the smooth, soulful “Grateful,” captures what Caz and the Day Laborers frontwoman Caz Gardiner calls the “gourmet” experience that she and bassist Jorge Bañales set out to create on their new self-titled EP, which channels ’60s rock, mod, and garage rock, but especially rocksteady.
Musical Motivation: The song’s cheerful melody contrasts with [...]
If you’re a fan of fuzzy garage-rock, 2012 was good to you. But recent records by Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees, while great in their own right, made it easy to forget about Gringo Star’s cheery 2011 LP, Count Yer Lucky Stars. Don’t be fooled by the Atlanta quartet’s cheeky name: Gringo Star’s retro, [...]
Vocalist Caz Gardiner has been fronting D.C. ska bands for years, and her latest project, Caz and The Day Laborers, will make its debut on Friday at the Rock & Roll Hotel. The group includes longtime members of D.C. ska mainstays The Pietasters—guitarist Jorge Pezzimenti, keyboardist/guitarist Dan Schneider, and drummer Curtis Reaves Jr.—as well [...]