By Kathryn Pinto
Sometimes when I'm writing a review for an album I just love it makes it impossible to say anything at all. To keep you from waiting on that I'm also going to share something really short with you: Five songs from some bands I've seen live recently. Check out these songs and see these bands live.
1. Geronimo Getty
Geronimo Getty is Aaron Kyle's (Le Switch) new project, country songs in the vein of a Buck Owens Bakersfield sound. Until their recent show at the Echo I only had seen Kyle work this material solo or as a duo with longtime guitarist Chris Harrison. These were heart-wrenching, but starkly beautiful, cry-in-your-beer laments in the opening set. Geronimo Getty plays a record release show with the full band Sunday at 6pm at 1642 Bar on Temple St with Angela Correa and Josh Norton. Geronimo Getty's debut EP Darkness Hides will be released officially May 8.
2. Youth Lagoon
I caught Youth Lagoon's show at the Troubadour April 12. The tentative bedroom dream pop recalls Avi Buffalo, if Avi played keyboards instead of guitar and took lyrical turns even more anxious and nostalgic. Last summer I started tweeting with and reading about Boise music community, from people like Audio Milk (now Deer Lodge). By the time Youth Lagoon's debut The Year of Hibernation was released it was deemed required listening by half a dozen voices from the Gem State.
3. Stephen Sowan
Stephen Sowan's eponymous band played the midnight set at the Duniven residency a week ago Monday night. The week before I had run into Sowan while talking with some mutual friends at the Satellite and talked a lot of shit about playing midight sets, so I had to go over and see if they were any good. They proved themselves deserving of a headlining spot. Sowan and his band (including Jerry Borge of Jonathan Wilson, Duniven et al) play a country-tinged musical he self describes as "Cryin' and Dyin'." Good stuff, keep an eye out for these guys.
I had heard good things about Yoya and then happened on their late set at the Satellite and was impressed. Yoya also played a set at Brokechella where they got the crowd revved up for the final Big Moves live show.
5. So Many Wizards