Top Five Must-See Shows This Week
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
Natural Child is scheduled to perform Tuesday, September 11, at Yucca Tap Room.
Monday, September 10: Juju, Of the Painter Choir @ Crescent Ballroom
Of the Painted Choir
There's a rustic sense of familiarity listening to Lula, the three-song debut EP by Phoenix indie folk combo Of the Painted Choir. Composed of elements we're well aquatinted with -- a little M. Ward mumble/slapback vocal here, a fuzzy British Invasion guitar lick there -- the collection doesn't sacrifice quality employing such recognizable signifiers.
Instead, Of the Painted Choir, comprising songwriter Frederick Huang, Darren Simoes (The Bled/Dead Western Plains), Phillip Hanna (Tugboat/Kinch), and John Blades (Dorsey) wring out every bit of emotion and joy from the indie pop format. "Lula, My Baby" bounces on a strident, anthemic beat, bolstered by Huang's lilting voice, while "A Spanish Mountain" is more restrained, that is until its ramshackle, ecstatic solo breakdown. Bonus track "Mr. Bumblebee," with its whimsical Donovan/novelty jam vibe, feels unnecessary -- but mostly because the two tracks before it are so much better composed and executed.
The group plays with Up on the Sun favorites Russian Arms and Optics and Los Angeles' Juju, which does the shoegazey/Brit-pop thing serious justice, on Monday, September 10 at Crescent Ballroom. Grab a peek at a rising band, one that's just hinted at its potential. --Jason P. Woodbury