Sundown Showdown IV: TOAD, Sleep Money, Destruction Unit, Radio Moscow, and Graveyard at Yucca Tap Room, 1/27/12

Categories: Last Night

Jason P. Woodbury
Radio Moscow
Radio Moscow proved to be divisive. Mostly the vehicle of Parker Griggs and whoever he can wrangle up as a rhythm section, the band and its boogie-rock-Jimi-fronts-Blue Cheer kind of thing was enjoyable. I wasn't alone; the crowd swelled and moshed, and it wasn't long before long-haired heshers were stage-diving (cue the Yucca's staff, stepping in to make sure no one got too out of control). The band's psychedelic pastiche hardly worked for everyone, though, and most of the charm was drained by the end of the band's set, which found Griggs' and company just sort of blooze-dood jamming ad infinitum.

But Graveyard, featuring former Norrsken members Joakim Nilsson and bassist Rikard Edlund helped unify everyone. You would think that as the clock approached 1 a.m., the place might clear up a bit, but no such luck. Clearly, Graveyard was the band folks wanted to see. The band's latest, Hisingen Blues, found them moving even more in a straight rock 'n' roll direction, and their performance on the Yucca stage was the short of thing your dad or uncle might just as easily groove to.

You know, if they're the kind of folks who can handle fighting for a spot.

Critic's Notebook:

Last Night: Sundown Showdown IV: TOAD, Sleep Money, Destruction Unit, Radio Moscow, Graveyard

The Crowd: Greasers, crusties, people I've worked with in record stores, metalheads, a few random bro-dawgs looking to get "hammer wasted."

Good Point, Man: [Discussing Radio Moscow] "I mean, you might as well be listening to Hans Olson."

Hey, That's Cool: A mini-dance party broke out when DJ Horsepussy dropped some soul and funk 45s between sets.

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Location Info


Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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