sound check

October 28, 2010
By Michael Swanger

Tik Tok

“Tik Tok”

Independent release

After moving back to the United States following a temporary stay in Berlin, ragtime klezmer band Tik Tok is embarking on its second North American tour to promote its self-titled, acoustic album, a musical, lyrical and topical throwback to the days of John Steinbeck, Louis Armstrong and Woody Guthrie. “Party On Top of the World,” driven by honking tuba and saloon piano (with perhaps a slight nod to the Mississippi Sheiks), starts off this 10-song affair that includes vaudevillian jazz (“Brother Superior”), folk (“Poor Me”), blues (“All the Things I’ll Be Taking”), gospel (“Jordan Is A Hard Road to Travel”) and novelty (“Wall Street Rag,” “The Ballad of Bobby Fisher”) played with the kind of looseness and vulnerability it deserves. Fans of old time music might want to fire up the digital Victrola and cut a rug. CV

(Tik Tok plays Monday, Nov. 1 at 10 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews. $5.)


Every Avenue

“Picture Perfect”

Fearless Records

Some of the hottest artists on Fearless Records will play People’s Court in Des Moines this week, but none perhaps hotter than Every Avenue whose new album, “Picture Perfect,” debuted No. 1 on the New Alternative Artist Chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart. With more than 13 million MySpace plays and more than 100,000 “friends” already to its credit, Every Avenue continues to win over young fans of pop-rock with its latest single, “Tell Me I’m A Wreck.” Then again, it seems like every song on “Picture Perfect” is as radio friendly as it can possibly get thanks not only to the band’s clean sound, but modern production of Mitch Allan (Jonas Brothers) and Mike Green (Paramore). Recommended for fans of Fall Out Boy and The All American Rejects. CV


(Every Avenue is one of three opening acts for Mayday Parade on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at People’s Court. $15.)


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