FREE SHOW! The Wild Reeds Holiday Recital, The Far Country, Triple Chicken Foot, Lonesome Leash, Blac Jesus & The Experimentalists, $2 Well Drinks/PBR + $5 speciality cocktails from 7-9pm

The Wild Reeds are a quintet from Los Angeles CA, made up of three front women, and two gents on drums and bass. Their harmony-driven indie folk has a sound of its own, but has been compared to Fleet Foxes, Jenny Lewis, and classics such as Fleetwood Mac. Their live performances will transport you to somewhere timeless, all the while painting a picture of the perils of this generation.

With their full band debut album, “Blind and Brave” coming out early next year, you can expect a national tour. Catch The Wild Reeds December residency at the Satellite in Los Angeles, every Monday.

Lonesome Leash

Walt McClements is the multi-instrumentalist leader of New Orleanspunk orchestra Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?; he's also a member of New Orleans's Panorama Jazz Band, and on top of that he's a collaborator and touring member of Dark Dark Dark. He is a very, very busy young man. And yet, with all that on his plate, there is "I Am No Captain," the starkly beautiful debut album from Lonesome Leash, an immaculately disheveled affair that finds him channeling all of his musical projects into a lean, mean and gorgeously messy one-man affair.

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, McClements settled in New Orleans in 2004, twenty-years old and fresh from wanderings that found him crisscrossing the States and dipping down into Mexico. In New Orleans he found common cause with the burgeoning culture of kids fanatical about playing traditional American music like country and jazz, but who also were relentlessly experimental and open, throwing in touches of Gypsy swing, Balkan brass, and other disparate inspirations to create a unique local musical hybrid.

Anchored by the sinuous accordion sound that's become a McClements trademark, Lonesome Leash takes some mad aesthetic stabs, incorporating drum loops, piercing feedback and brass flourishes, in the end creating a sort of future-rustic musical aesthetic.

McClements explains it like this: "I'd always been interested in affecting the accordion to make it sound more like a synthesizer, and more than a synthesizer, as well as including drum machines and electronics into what normally would -- or could be -- very traditional sounding textures."

Lonesome Leash trades in the sort of heavy-breathing ecstatic joy and fatalistic romanticism that pervades New Orleans, but translates to any location and into any language. Songs like "Fade Away" encapsulate that feeling you get when you and a friend are rolling cigarettes together on a porch as the sun dips below the horizon, and you can feel stray bits of tobacco on your lips and everything seems, just for a moment, like it's going to be all right. But it's also music for a new wave dance party in a falling-down shotgun house ("Pelican"), and it can be recognized by anybody who's ever had a mad romance followed by having their heart shattered into a thousand pieces, as heard on the epic album-closer "Ghosts." Lonesome Leash is music for the lonely ones; for the triumphant and the nervous; it's the soundtrack to the lives of the mad and magnificent everyone.

The Far Country

The Far Country is an American tour de force, capturing a snapshot of the entire country's tragic depths and persistent hope through one man's personal struggles. Front man Kyle Neal has played guitar for Brother and toured with Robert Jon and the Wreck for two years. He's been writing music since he was 14 and his latest EP, Morning Light, shows the kind of maturity that can only come from having toured coast to coast experimenting with everything from love to alcohol to Jesus Christ.

The songs on the Morning Light EP come from a place of brutal honesty. Brimming with hymnal triumph, The Far Country takes you to the depths of their personal hell and back, finding reasons to still rejoice along the way. Kyle Neal's voice is inflected with a biblical cadence and weight that brings to mind the poems of William Butler Yeats, if Yeats drank Southern whiskey and could carry a tune. At the end of the bottle, The Far Country manages to strike a uniquely American sound that is at once both unflinchingly honest and true to experience.

Blac Jesus and the Experimentalists

Triple Chicken Foot

Triple Chicken Foot is a Los Angeles based Old Time stringband. Having played together for more than five years, The Foot has honed their chops and focused in on playing Old Time music rooted in tradition. Spending time with veteran players around Los Angeles and the country, they have soaked up knowledge and techniques handed down through the years. The Foot finds their voice through their repertoire of tunes and songs, be it gospel songs, archaic banjo tunes, or crooked fiddle tunes. Most recently they have become a powerful new dance band on the Square Dance & Contra scene by teaming up with caller Cory Marie Podielski, who has been learning square dance calling from Susan Michaels, as well as joining forces with fiddler, Joe Wack and banjo player, Steve Lewis as the Brownbaggers. They have also recently finished recording their second full length CD titled Tar Rivers.

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FREE SHOW! The Wild Reeds Holiday Recital, The Far Country, Triple Chicken Foot, Lonesome Leash, Blac Jesus & The Experimentalists, $2 Well Drinks/PBR + $5 speciality cocktails from 7-9pm

Monday, December 23 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Satellite