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Friday, April 02, 2010

Live Review: Kyle Harvey, Nick Carl; Little Dragon, Pharmacy Spirits tomorrow; Low Anthem, Har Mar Sunday...

by Tim McMahan,

All jokes aside about looking like an Islamic terrorist, Kyle Harvey and his new beard wowed the crowd of around 50 last night at The Barley Street Tavern, playing a rather slim set of eight songs in support of the release of his new CD. I think I've heard him play all the painfully tortured tunes before, many of which I'm told are on that record (instead of buying a copy, I bought one of his iron-on T-shirts that bears an almost-invisible "Kyle Harvey beard" logo). The funny thing is that Kyle is a funny guy on stage in the face of these songs about personal torment, betrayal, extreme drug and alcohol dependency and general heartbreak and self-loathing. He finished each pained melody with a smile and the occasional guitar histrionic (EVH tap technique guitar playing made inaudible on acoustic, behind the back-of-the-neck ax strumming, etc.). The CD is out on Kyle's very own Slo-Fidelity Records, and hopefully you'll be able to find it at one of the fine local independent record stores, eventually. If not, contact Kyle through the Slo-Fi myspace page (

A handful of acoustic singer/songwriters opened the show. The one that stood out the most was Nick Carl, a guy who looks like a young version of Drew Carey that played a handful of really well-written folk songs that you won't find anywhere because he hasn't recorded them, yet. Carl told me afterward that he's planning on doing a record in the near future, which will come out on Slo-Fi.

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This holiday weekend is heavily bottom-loaded. Tonight might be a Brothers night, as the only interesting show that I'm aware of is Satchel Grande at The Waiting Room (with The 9's). $7, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night looks busy. Down at Slowdown Jr., Little Dragon is playing with VV Brown. LD is a modern Swedish alt-indie/dance band that plays dense, atmospheric pop that recalls bands like Ladytron, Saint Etienne and Portishead. Trippy and fun and well worth $10. Starts at 9.

Also tomorrow night (Saturday) Pharmacy Spirits has its Omaha CD release show at O'Leaver's with Talking Mountain and The Yuppies. $5, 9:30.

Three hot shows on Sunday night:

-- Down at Slowdown Jr., it's The Low Anthem with Nathaniel Rateliff and McCarthy Trenching. Providence's Low Anthem plays quiet, introspective alt-folk. Beautiful stuff, on Nonesuch Records. $12, 9 p.m.

-- On the opposite end of the spectrum is Har Mar Superstar, who's playing a special sexually-charged Easter show at The Sydney that includes an "after-show dance party" with sets by DJ Denver Dalley and Har Mar himself. $5, 9 p.m.

-- Last but not least, Deerhunter is playing at Lincoln's Bourbon Theater Sunday night with It's True and Ideal Cleaners. Deerhunter is modern-day indie prog rock, a dynamic, artsy band that isn't afraid to go to thunderous extremes. Tix are $13 now and $15 DOS. 8 p.m.

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posted by Tim McMahan - at 10:38 AM


Blogger TheDudeAbides said...

Excellent review of Nick! After hearing your calls for more Nick Carl we spent all weekend (well, about 45 minutes of it) creating a Nick Carl Facebook presence. This way one and all ignore our request to become a fan.

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