Posted: Sep 9, 2009 1:28 pm
tonight in columbus. here's what our two weeklies had to say last week:
On record, Nebraska's Box Elders are merely another cool, competent garage-rock throwback. Every single sounds ripped from rock 'n' roll's sock-hop salad days, save for the Buzzcocks-inspired punk numbers like "One Foot in Front of the Other." Goner Records debut Alice & Friends continues the McIntyre brothers' well-worn pattern of melody and mayhem.
Such a band usually entertains but rarely marvels. Box Elders have wowed Cafe Bourbon Street crowds (or lack thereof) on numerous occasions, though, thanks to reportedly unparalleled energy and Dave Goldberg's nifty trick of playing keyboards and drums simultaneously.
Next week they stop by next door at The Summit for another go-round, hopefully for a considerably larger crowd this time.
the other paper:
Plenty of groups have tackled lo-fi garage pop before Box Elders—lots of them here in Columbus. Listen to the Omaha trio's newly released debut, Alice & Friends, and it won't sound terribly original, but just about every mess of a song has that stick-in-your-head quality. And the band's live show has been turning even more heads, especially with a singer prone to cape-wearing and a drummer who also plays the keys simultaneously. Should be fun. Bo and Emily Davis's project, Ipps will open up, along with Gardens from Detroit.