by Brad Roberts
It's going to be a lot of fun going to see Bon Wrath (at right) at Hotel Cafe on Tuesday. Over the past year the leader of the band, Downtown/Union has really come into his own as a powerful solo performer, by touring with Haunted Summer, and playing my show whenever I ask him. His music has become much more personal and biographical and reveals a deep and probing soul. If you've never seen him in this format, I suggest you give it a try.
I saw some pretty stunning sets of music last week at two shows. First was last Tuesday at 3 of Clubs where Fort King held the room in his tight control as he introduced some new solo songs that hearkened back to the days when his music first attracted me with it's subtle sophistication and quasi-European flavor. I'd been listening to Lady Low all day at work and was pleased to hear all the melodramatic intensity of their romance rock vibrantly alive in a live setting, and Broken Arrow absolutely lifted the roof off the place with the combined intensity of Brandi Emma and Charlie Clark's vocals.
Saturday night took me to the Bootleg HiFi to hear what Hobart W. Fink has been up to lately and to get another gander at The Most Best. Well, Hobart W. Fink stunned with a loud, raucous set with a new three-member line up that put a new edge on older tunes and have obviously resulted in a spurt of new songs featuring some amazing two-part harmonies. The Most Best were a knock out and stunned the whole room with a grandiose, dramatic performance from this eight-piece orchestra/band. Their music is really gorgeous and you should catch up with them as soon as possible.