The Tressels

The Tressels

Since forming in 2005, the band recorded and gigged at a furious pace, releasing 2 underground demos and an EP in less than a year, creating a wave of goodwill the band rode straight through to the release of 2006's "Prison Wine", which earned them a spot on the Philadelphia City Paper's Year End Critic's Poll. They have since released a second album entitled "Bourbon Legend". In an August 2008 interview with Blogsnroses.com, editor Craig Wettner noted, "If you don't add [seeing the Tressels live] to your bucket list then you deserve to die because you are just missing out on too much in life".

Midnight Spin

Midnight Spin formed below the streets of Brooklyn in 2008, writing and performing music as powerful and commanding as the roaring JMZ trains and chaotic neighborhood blocks that bustle just above their basement rehearsal space. The following summer, the group released their debut EP to a sellout crowd at Manhattan's famed Mercury Lounge and toured extensively behind it, introducing audiences to a new incarnation of passionate guitar-based alternative rock. While their raucous showmanship and tight performances saw them named one of the 10 Must-See Bands at the annual CMJ Festival, the instant success of their Through the Mojo Wire EP earned Midnight Spin the 2010 Independent Music Award for Best Rock Song.

The group recently finished recording their debut LP, Don't Let Me Sleep, with acclaimed Producer/Engineer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes). The album showcases the five members of the band at their best, distilling immediately melodic, to-the-point songwriting throughout the course of twelve songs, while displaying inspired ambition and comfort playing at both ends of the volume spectrum. With the release set for January 2013, this album will break down your door and sleep on your couch.

Alex Vans

Alex's broad-but-never-bombastic voice is the first thing that strikes the ear, calling to mind Jeff Twee...dy, or maybe even the kind of vocalist Conor Oberst might grow up into (if Oberst cared to grow up). Just beneath the spare, plaintive vocals lies Alex's sunny Hendrix and SRV-inspired guitar riffs, creating a bittersweet pastiche that evokes Beck's "Sea Change" period. Not gratuitously, he seamlessly adds in some phrasing nods to the Beatles and The Arcade Fire that serve to add to the tension between traditional and modern sounds.

HighKick

Highkick plays roots-influenced rock that sounds similar to fellow Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. But Highkick is more aggressive, going for hooks that veer between vintage rock ‘n’ roll (“Black Bear,” “Kawasaki DaVinci”) and jam band (“So Far,” “P.F.H.S.,” “Night Puttin’”). It all works, giving Highkick a fun, lively sound.

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The Tressels with Midnight Spin, Alex Vans, HighKick

Thursday, February 21 · 8:00 PM at North Star Bar