Monday, May 01, 2006

Sunday Funday.

Congratulations go out to The Modern Society for advancing in the Miller Lite competition thing that’s going on right now. I went to see four bands compete last night at the 10 High, and I have to say, three out four with good, solid material isn’t a bad night. After drawing to see what the line-up would be, it was determined that Variac would go first, and they certainly set the bar high for the following acts. I’ve seen them a couple of times in the past, and I could never really get into it, despite the fact that they are certainly talented and display catchy tunes in their catalog. I think the point they had me as a fan who will make an effort to catch the next show was when they played the last song, a new one called Lady Come Around, which lead singer J.T. Hall compared to Gram Parsons. Honestly, it was one of those songs that you listen to and think, “Yeah, that’s got ‘single’ potential.” It had a very good balance to be classified as alt-country, and in all seriousness, if the band went that route for all their material, I’d volunteer have the band name tattooed to my forehead to be a walking advertisement for them, because they have a definite knack for that sound. You can catch them at 10 High on May 19th with the Modern Society.

After Variac, the Julia Dream took the stage. I have also seen them before. I’m not trying to deliberately be mean here, but after the first song, I looked at my friend and said, “I think I would rather have my feet in stirrups to be subjected to my annual pap smear than finish listening to this set.” And that is all I will say about that.

If you’re into the emo type of sound, then you should check out The High Flight Society. I had no idea who they were, but the singer has a great voice, and the music sounds good. They had to have gained a few new listeners with their performance last night, it was worthy of at least that.

The Modern Society closed it out with an energetic set that ended like it always does; with the crowd finishing the lyrics to their hit “Tokyo.” Thanks to 99X for providing good Sunday entertainment in the form of a contest, and thanks for involving the audience. It was fun.
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