Thursday, January 31, 2008

Schubas Is the Place to Be in February

Four of the best indie bands in the country will be performing over two nights at Schubas in February. Due to such high demand, they added a second show on February 8th for Next Big Things MGMT and Yeasayer (sorry - both shows already sold out). The very next night brings in Tulsa, opening for The Whigs, both remarkably talented bands with plenty of promise.

Hailing from Boston, Tulsa is a trio of east-coasters that sound more like they really are from Okie Country, recalling the southern-tinged psych-rock of My Morning Jacket or Kings of Leon. Releasing two critically acclaimed seven-song EPs in 2007, and hitting the studio with the likes of producers Phil Ek (Band of Horses) and David Newfield (Broken Social Scene), mean that a 2008 debut LP will be highly anticipated and almost certainly well-received.

Check out "Breath Thin" from I Was Submerged, broadcast earlier this week as a KEXP Song of the Day:

Tulsa - Breath Thin

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Headlining on the 9th are The Whigs, who just released their first album in four years, Mission Control, one week ago. There is good reason for some comparison to fellow ATO Records mates, My Morning Jacket and Gomez, as well as the ever-present alt-country influences of Sun Volt and (early) Wilco. Comparisons aside, though, these guys bring plenty of their own Athens, GA flavor to the table, and the live show is sure to be a treat.

Here they are on Letterman a few nights ago:

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