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Vancouver band Yukon Blonde performed sets at SXSW that can turn casual bystanders into fans for life. A good friend of ours, affectionately known as SafariMan, rode his rented bike across town to catch them at The San Jose and declared that it would be his best set of SXSW. And that was on Thursday afternoon. And while I enjoyed their EP, I remained skeptical that the band was that amazing. They were on my “maybe” list for SXSW, but then I changed gears and went to catch them at some Canadian party on 6th with our HearYa entourage consisting of Oz, Shirk, Jefe and Oz’s cousin Katy.

It took one song to realize that SafariMan was not overstating the quality. They had the crowd rocking as they tore through the set with a fervent energy that was infectious. While their EP focused more on their harmonies and leaned to the folky side, the new stuff is straight up power pop led by vocalist Jeff Innes.

But how do you separate yourself from the countless other power-pop bands out there? You keep those harmonies you perfected during your folky days. The harmonies that soar on the album, Tiger Talk, are every bit as good live. Then you work in the fantastic guitar playing of Brandon Scott. He really helps elevate a great band to greater heights.

During my youth, I spent plenty of time hanging in parking lots with the radio blaring. Tiger Talk¬†hearkens¬†back to that simpler time for me. Friends hanging out listening to some rocking tunes without a care in the world. And that’s more or less what the album is about; -the long journey of friendship and all that happens along the way.

Standouts include Radio, Oregon Shores and the restrained Sweet Dee, which is a nice way to finish off an album that travels mostly at breakneck speed. And while some might complain that the music is derivative of 70s inspired acts, who cares when it is done this well. Crank up the radio and roll down the windows.

Still don’t believe us? We have a pair of free tickets to see them tonight at The Beat Kitchen in Chicago. If you have never heard of this band, take the tickets as a blind recommendation from your favorite music blog and we’ll guarantee satisfaction. Email us your full name at freeshit@hearya.com. Winner will be picked by 2pm CT.

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We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for tomorrow’s Heartless Bastards show at Lincoln Hall! Just email us your full name at freeshit@hearya.com to claim them. We’ll respond by noon tomorrow if you’re the winner and the tickets will be held at will call for you.

The show also celebrates the release date of their new album, Arrow.

 

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Earlier this year, our reluctant correspondent named SafariMan, had the pleasure of taking in the record release party for Scattered Trees. Quoth the SafariMan “I was at the record release party and my girlfriend tripped and bowled over some amorous lesbians … and that wasn’t even the best thing I saw that night … it was Scattered Trees.”

I am glad that SafariMan kept his eye on the prize. At some point during the evening, he sent me a drunken text message while I was watching a Jennifer Aniston rom-com with the wife that said, “Scattered Trees are going to be huge.” Below is a video for the title track. It’s a good tune, plus I love a good music video period piece as much as the next guy.

So, if you would like two tickets to see Scattered Trees at Lincoln Hall on 11/25, please email us at freeshit@hearya.com.

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White Denim have another new video for the tune “Street Joy.” Apparently, they have dug up some footage from my prom in 1988 when I rocked a purple cumberbund/bowtie and a mullet. Oddly, I didn’t get any loving that night.

Anywho, D is one of the finer albums you will hear in 2011. The boys from Austin will be at Schubas for a sold out show on Thursday of this week. I’m thinking about dusting off the old tux for the occasion. If you’d like to get a pair of free tickets to join me, email us with your full name at freeshit@hearya.com.

Video: White Denim – Street Joy

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Free tickets to sold out Amos Lee show at The Vic, 3/26! [Chicago Giveaway]

March 22, 2011

Looking for something to do on Saturday night? Folk crooner Amos Lee has already sold out a show at the Vic, but we have a pair of tickets to give away to one HearYa reader. Email us your full name to freeshit@hearya.com with “Amos Lee Giveaway” in the subject line to get your hands on […]

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