TKLB?, The Woodworks, Playboy Manbaby, The Insects - Long Wong's - 1/31/14
Photos by Jeff Moses Kalen Lander of TKLB performs with The Woodworks last night at Long Wong's in Tempe.
TKLB? F-Bom Residency
Kalen Lander, known to many in the local music scene as TKLB?, wrapped up his Friday "F-Bom" residency at Long Wong's Tempe last night, and it was quite the epic finale. The Tempe indie rapper, who's the brother of The Sugar Thieves' Mikel Lander, brought out the big guns for the occasion, including openers Playboy Manbaby, The Woodworks, and The Insects.
Playboy Manbaby was playing sans trumpeter David Cosme, but they still managed to sound great. The room was fairly empty and lead singer Robbie Pfeffer repeatedly rambled on about the night being a grown man's bar mitzvah and shimmied around the stage while wrapping the microphone around himself.
Robbie Pfeffer of Playboy Manbaby.
The Woodworks followed up, and they are definitely going to be doing big things in the near future. It is hard to put a finger on exactly what genre they are, but whatever it is, it sounds great. "I did not understand why they were called The Woodworks until that last song," says Josh Wyric, who was in the audience. "It had like metal, and funk, and folk, and blues. They're The Woodworks because they have everything right."
The genreless three-piece played a really strong set, and much of the strength of their sound was born from their giant of a bass player. The big man, in stylish sandals, was not much for bantering with the crowd, but he certainly had no problem letting his fingers do the talking with his bass solos.
The Woodworks also laid down a funky beat at one point and invited their host TKLB? on stage to kick a freestyle, to which he happily obliged.
The Woodworks last night at Long Wong's in Tempe.