Once upon a time, I had a radio show that only played bands currently performing in the district. That show is super dead, so we’ve resurrected it (with way more words and far less radio) in the form of this column. Everyday I’ll review a song from a band playing in D.C. that night. The rules are, 1. I can only listen to the song once and 2. I only have until the end of the song to finish my review.
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – TOO HIGH
Okay… I did not imagine acoustic pop-country when I read the name Blackberry Smoke, but I am not upset. Also, I definitely thought this song was going to be about weed, but it’s about insurmountable problems or something. I think I just heard a whisper of harmonica? This sounds like something my grandfather would listen to (that is not a bad thing). I kind of like the vocals. They are a little twangy, but not Shania Twain twangy. Just the right amount of twang.
See Blackberry Smoke tonight at the Fillmore.
THE LAST BISON – SWITZERLAND
These strings are intense. Oh no, wait. Now it’s all plucky and there are bells chiming? Man, I want those intense strings back. Is this song about going on vacation in Switzerland or something? I mean, I have heard it’s a beautiful country. I hate these goddamn bells or chimes or whatever they’re called. Ugh. I’m just not feeling this one, guys. It’s a little better without the vocals, but I definitely don’t have any plans on listening to this song again.
The Last Bison is at U Street Music Hall.
PIMPS OF JOYTIME – KEEP THAT MUSIC PLAYIN’
Okay. I’m already digging this. The music is fun and funky. The woman is a much more interesting singer than the dude. It sounds like he’s imitating someone instead of actually singing. Besides that, I like it. There’s a lot going on, but it never feels overwhelming, just fun.
Pimps of Joytime are at The Hamilton.