Wednesday March 14th
12:00 – 5:00
BD Riley’s on 6th street
This is most likely my last post for 2011, but if you can’t go 3 weeks without any news or advice, make sure to follow me on twitter where I will keep you in the know of Chicago happenings, or my google+ where I tend aggregate industry news and advice.
As usually there are a ton of things going on this weekend, and it’s charity show season, so catch some great bands and warm hearts. Since neither The Sound Scene or 4 ohm Group are throwing a holiday party, so this show will double for the end of year blow out, and you can helps some Chicago area kids in the process.
The appeal of genuine, high-quality American song craft has apparently fallen by the wayside in recent years, much to the chagrin of young midwestern songwriter Archie Powell. An emphasis has instead been placed upon ironic chic, chintzy underground appeal or some forced desire to innovate upon an art form that may have reached its limits of expansion and deconstruction. He can’t help but feel a little out of sorts with the whole situation.
If the debut release from Archie Powell & The Exports (the “Loose Change EP”) is any indication, it is clear to any listener that these boys are staunch supporters of the aforementioned notion, dispensing with the bullshit and delivering the goods with a suite of smart, punchy compositions that present visions of like-minded elder statesmen such as Tom Petty, Paul Westerberg, and Elvis Costello. This is not an attempt to look cool or cash in on a fad, though it seems as if the world would be a nicer place to live if good songwriting were a hot craze to chase.
These songs sound familiar while retaining their freshness, cool without feeling hip, and personal despite hinging on themes of universal appeal. But don’t take my word for it – listen in, get down, and believe it. This is what people are looking fo
They perform at 5:15 tomorrow at Arlene’s Grocery. RSVP at #LETSGETMESSY for a free mixtape.
* Archie Powell & the Exports are currently a client of 4 Ohm Entertainment Group