Wednesday, April 1, 2009

On Our Radar: The Strange Boys, The Faraway Places

Austin, TX's The Strange Boys are a tantalizing musical hybrid; evoking the inner-badassness of The Black Lips, coupled with nasally, falsetto vocals, and the grunge-pop arrangements of The Soft Pack, well, that should be just enough for anyone. "Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up" is snarky with teen angst, lamenting the fact that the song's subject is, "In trouble with another man..." and "did something he shouldn't." We never find out what HE did, but we can hypothesize. Their low-fi vocal sound is in right now (see: successes of Wavves.) Look for more from The Boys soon. They are a product of In The Red Records, can't you tell? They set to tour behind their new album titled, The Strange Boys...And Girls Club.

For Strange Boys tour dates and review of The Faraway Places, continue after the jump.

The Faraway Places

You can tell that The Faraway Places are a product of L.A.; by no means is this a bad thing, but there is that glittery shine sometimes bestowed upon some Westcoast rockers. Gearing up to release their sophomore album, Out of the Rain, the Thunder & the Lightning (May 12 on Save It Records), The Places (better name?)beam with pop-radiance, harnessing harmonized choruses and verses. Wielding hard-driving guitar riffs, prog-sythn piano lines and call-and-response choral lines, "The Sun Goes West," is masterfully crafted for repeat plays. Their 60s sonic-sound never really fell out of style, unless you really blew ( see: late Donovan.) The Faraway Places miss cliches, keep things sprightly and jingle in your head all day.

The Faraway Places Tour Dates:
May 02 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet's
May 11 Los Angeles, CA The Echo

The Strange Boys Tour Dates
04.02.09 Thu Dallas, TX Doublewide
04.03.09 Fri Memphis, TN Murphy's
04.04.09 Sat Oxford, MS The Blind Pig
04.05.09 Sun Athens, GA Farm 255
04.06.09 Mon Atlanta, GA The Earl
04.08.09 Wed Asheville, NC The New French Bar
04.09.09 Thu Tuscaloosa, AL Little Willie's
04.10.09 Fri Baton Rouge, LA The Spanish Moon
04.11.09 Sat Houston, TX House Show
06.05.09 Fri Denton, TX Rubbergloves *
06.06.09 Sat Austin, TX Red 7 *
06.07.09 Sun Houston, TX Mangos *
06.08.09 Mon New Orleans, LA Saturn Bar *
06.09.09 Tue Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn *#
06.10.09 Wed Greensboro, NC UNCG / Square One *
06.11.09 Thu Washington, DC Comet Pizza and Ping Pong *
06.12.09 Fri Baltimore, MD Sonar *#$
06.13.09 Sat Brooklyn, NY Market Hotel *#
06.14.09 Sun New York, NY Cake Shop *
06.15.09 Mon Philadelphia, PA Danger Danger Gallery *
06.16.09 Tue Worcester, MA Ralph's Diner *
06.18.09 Thu Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
06.20.09 Sat Columbus, Ohio Bourbon St *
06.22.09 Mon Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen *
06.23.09 Tue Minneapolis, MN First-Avenue *
06.24.09 Wed Iowa City, IA Public Space 1 *
06.25.09 Thu Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall *
06.26.09 Fri Denver, CO Hi-Dive *
06.27.09 Sat Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court *
06.29.09 Mon Los Angeles, CA The Smell *
07.02.09 Thu San Francisco, CA Hemlock #
07.03.09 Fri San Jose, CA Nickel City #
07.06.09 Mon San Diego, CA Casbah #
07.07.09 Tue Tucson, AZ Plush #
07.09.09 Thu Lubbock, TX Ash Riprock's #
07.10.09 Fri Dallas, TX TBA #
07.11.09 Sat Austin, TX Mohawk #

* = w/ Mika Miko
# = w/ The Coathangers
$ = w/ The Death Set

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