Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ben Kweller & Sam Roberts.

Sunday night, there was a super stellar show that I dragged my exhausted body to and chilled at for a couple hours. And that show was Ben Kweller (listen to the first 3 songs to get a good grasp of what he's throwing down). And he was amazing. I've listened to his stuff for the past couple of months and become acquainted with the new single from his recently released self-titled album, "Sundress," and I must say, ole Ben didn't let me down in the slightest. I'm going to compare him to the likes of Rhett Miller here, simply because he has this uncanny way of laying down songs that capture the very essence of heart and soul, singing of love and life and mixing it with tunes that boast powerful melodies and choruses that get stuck in your head. I'm trying to figure out why I haven't heard any of his material outside of looking for it myself. He's phenomenal. I hate to admit it, but I did have tears emerging from my eyes when he sat down and did a couple of acoustic songs alone, including "13" and "On My Way." Kweller has a couple more east coast dates before heading to Europe to scoop up the fans there, which means you've missed him for a good while, but it would be a great thing for you to check out in the meantime for the next stop in Atlanta, whenever that may be. I'll be there.

The opening band hails from Canada, where all the good music is holed up and fed to us undeserving Americans in small doses. The Sam Roberts Band (go listen to "Bridge to Nowhere," yet another track that made me all misty) ripped my face up with steady rock tunes that made me feel like I wanted to give the entire human race a big hug as I became mesmerized by the lyrics that painted the picture of my current twenty-something life crisis. It was completely refreshing and perfectly matched to prepare the crowd for Kweller. There's a goodness surrounding the music that can be felt through Roberts' interaction with the crowd, which isn't found in many other acts. You could tell they were all having a blast playing and cherished every second spent on stage, and I love seeing that, because the impact of the band ends up leaving a mark on a much larger scale. This is also another band you should definitely check out when they come around again.
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