Sonny and the Sunsets / Little Wings

Sonny and the Sunsets

Sonny & the Sunsets' busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, the kitchen sink savoir faire of The Raincoats, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman, with and without The Modern Lovers. Helmed by the acclaimed singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour pianoman Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that became permanent with Kelley Stoltz, Tahlia Harbour and Ryan Browne. Still more friends and neighbors including John Dwyer, Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin cosmically appeared to contribute to the debut LP, Tomorrow is Alright. The LP is limited to 500 copies. Tomorrow is Alright hits on all the right zones, from sly VU-like observations to the true bedlam explored by Holy Modal Rounders. All the while, Sonny's pen is soaked with an EC comics sense of storytelling, touching equally on the macabre, the absurd, the humorous, and above all, the entertaining.

Little Wings

Little Wings was formed in San Luis Obisbo, CA, and the music of Little Wings carries the landscape of its place of origin like clouds carry water vapor, to release it in a myriad of forms over a changing landscape. Little wings is a project that revolves around frontman and songwriter Kyle Field, sometimes with drummer Tim Bluhm, keyboardist/fiddle Alexi Glickman, guitar players Lee Baggett and Brett Simundson and newcomer Tom Heyman on pedal steel. His Debut Album, The Wonder City, was released in 1998 by Walking Records, and later in 2000 by Knw-Yr-Own. It has been called "a dreamy, balladic tribute to the surreal aspects of the contemporary Californian landscape." Moving to Portland, Little Wings followed up this first release with The Wonder City and Wonderue to complete their Wonder Trilogy, which consists of three albums released on K and Knw-Yr-Own Records.2002 saw the release of light green leaves (K) and In 2003 Little Wings released Harvest Joy/Octember Sketches (invisible city) a split CD only release with longtime friend and collaborator,Lee Baggett., followed by Magic Wand/Magic Wood in 2004 and Grow (K) in 2005. He released Soft Pow'r in 2007 on the band's own (RAD) imprint. Little Wings is now based out of the Bay Area and has played with the likes of Grandaddy, Lee Baggett, and Devendra Banhart,Calvin Johnson,Daniel Johnston,Michael Hurley, and is also a talented visual artist. A book of his drawings was published by the label Ahornfelder.


Little Wings is a musical project started in 1998 by Kyle Field (born in San Luis Obispo). Over time, he's been joined by assorted musicians for six records, and has also played in The Microphones and Devendra Banhart's band. "Fused a postmodern Beach Boys ideology with warm alt-country." --AllMusic.com

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Sonny and the Sunsets / Little Wings with Take Down Theory, Pony Signal

Sunday, June 16 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Smiling Moose - Upstairs