The Lighthouse and The Whaler has come a long way from its self-titled and self-produced debut in 2009. Nowadays the quirky Cleveland natives are working with big names like producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Ra Ra Riot, Foo Fighters), and they’ve even garnered some mainstream attention from the almighty MTV for their uplifting folk/indie-pop sound and vocalist Michael LoPresti’s sweet melodies.
The band recently set out on a U.S. tour in support of its appropriately-named new album, This is An Adventure, which you can stream in full over at Paste Magazine. If you like what you hear (and you’re 18 or older), catch The Lighthouse and The Whaler live at the Shadow Lounge tonight (10/15) with Ewert and The Two Dragons, Partly Sunny and Instead of Sleeping. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 — get them here!
Just a quick local-rock heads-up: Solar Maximum, the forthcoming album from Majeure (the side project from A.E. Paterra, drummer from Zombi) is now streaming on Spin. The record comes out two weeks from now on Temporary Residence, and Majeure next plays Pittsburgh on Nov. 8 at The Shop.
This week's MP3 comes from power-pop/alt-rock quartet Satin Gum. The band just released their latest album, LP2, last month, and we're bringing you the opening track "Call You."
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You know you've come across something worthwhile when the first lyrics you hear from a band are, “Pork chops, my girl tastes like pork chops.” Alright, so maybe it's not the most ground-breaking or inspirational thing you've heard all year, but it's what fans have come to know and love about The Two Man Gentlemen Band. As their name suggests, the duo consists of two gentlemen (Andy Bean and Fuller Condon) and their two instruments (a tenor guitar and upright bass, respectively). Together they've been making a special blend of country-swing and jazz worthy of a nice suit, stiff drink and a cigar for half a decade.
Their seventh album, Two At A Time, was released last March and can be loosely described as unique, with catchy songs about shoddy bartenders watering down all the best drinks in town and the perks of stealing your family’s prescription medicine. But its light-hearted lyrics aren’t the only unusual thing about the album. Bean and Condon financed the project entirely via the fan-based fundraising website Kickstarter. With their budget in place, they headed to a Pasadena, Calif. studio to record Two At A Time without any digital technology; no digital effects or edits — just 13 honest recordings from microphones and equipment dating back to the 1940s and '50s. Cool, right?
Catch The Gents at Thunderbird Café in Lawrenceville on Thursday (10/4) — the show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. In the meantime, check out their interview with FF>> by clicking here, or listen to "Two At A Time" on their Bandcamp below.
This week's MP3 comes from the band Instead of Sleeping. If you’re a fan of bands like Minus the Bear and The Dear Hunter, this one’s for you. Instead of Sleeping released their new album The Reds, The Blacks, The Grays last Friday at the Smiling Moose, and we’ve got the first track “Indian Giver” just for you.
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