MUSIC

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Black Ambient Manifesto, Crystal City and The Lonesome Heroes
Vaudeville Mews, June 15

A small, but appreciative crowd enjoyed a drummer-less night of music as a solo act and two duos took the stage, engulfing ears in sweet acoustic sounds. Black Ambient Manifesto was first and offered decent songs but struggled to get through them without stopping due to forgotten lyrics. His nerves may have got the best of him, but after taking a few swigs from his glass and some deep breaths, he ended his set error free. I have been digging Crystal City’s recent self-titled EP (out now on Sleep on the Floor Records) and was eager to see them live. Dave Helmer (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Sam Drella (vocals and one hell of a whistler) melt together with terrific harmonies and musical precision. Helmer’s guitar skills lead the way, clearing a path for Drella and her rich vocals. The great set included “Baby Says She Loves Me,” “Sleep It Off, Suzie” and the slow burn of “Falling Behind.” They ended with “Bricks,” a folkie/bluesy tune that should convert any listener into a fan. The Lonesome Heroes, of Austin, Texas, closed the show with a set of alt country ditties. The duo, Rich (vocals, guitar) and the sexy Landry (vocals, dobro, guitar), weaved in and out of songs with entertaining banter. As fans cheered for “Don’t Play to Lose,” I found myself mesmerized with Landry’s husky vocals (or maybe her pigtails and cowboy boots?) on “Canary.” Either way, their twangy tunes stuck with me long after the last note. CV — Jared Curtis

 

 

Crystal City at Vaudeville Mews
Photo by Jared Curtis
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Photo by Charlie Phillips
One eskimO at People’s Court
Photo by Charlie Phillips
The Lonesome Heroes at Vaudeville Mews
Photo by Jared Curtis

 

 

 


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