He's My Brother She's My Sister
Jeffrey Lewis and The Rain, Beach Day
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is 21 and over
He's My Brother She's My Sister
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, the western-tinged, folk-rock ensemble, with a touch of vaudeville glamour, will be bringing their expanded (and slightly experimental) new show to the Troubadour in West Hollywood, on Friday, February 3. This will be the acclaimed band’s first Los Angeles live performance of 2011 after coming off the road opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes last fall.
The Los Angeles band’s mixture of colorful costumes, alleyway rhythms, and high energy entice audiences of all tastes and generations. The band will be testing new material for an album along with their fan favorites from their recent self-titled EP.
Brother and sister, dueling lead singers and songwriters, Rob Kolar and Rachel Kolar, and tap-dancer Lauren Brown, will be joined on this special evening by an extended family of musical accompanists including the brilliant lap-slide player Aaron Robinson (Sea Wolf, The Hi-Ho’s), Oliver Newell on upright bass (Amanda Jo Williams, Henry Wolfe), and Patrick Joseph on a non-traditional standing drum set up.
If you have yet to catch He’s My Brother She’s My Sister live, come see why they have been called “delightfully original” (Indieshuffle) “a time warp to the golden present” (LA Record) and “forward thinking folkies forging new ground”(New Times). “Rob and Rachel’s voices mingle like glamour in the desert” and serve up “party music for coyotes drunk on champagne,” (LA Weekly). “Their mojo (has) the power to heal the afflicted” (Deli Magazine) so “see them before your friends do.” (Jambase)
Jeffrey Lewis and The Rain
Jarvis Cocker says Jeffrey Lewis is the finest lyricist of his generation and coming from him that’s quite an accolade. We’re inclined to agree and really it’s quite undeniable when you hear him explain the history of communist China or being sexually assaulted on a train by Will Oldham through song with an ease that makes you forget he’s being limited by rhythm and rhyme. Jeff’s the product of loving beatnik parents who raised him in New York’s Lower East Side in a tenement apartment with no television (it seems they’re on to something there). Before Jeffrey could even read he was crazy about comic books, which is probably why listening to his lo-fi anti folk punk rock feels a lot like reading one.
Nearly all of his songs contain at least one killer lyric that you’ll want to tell people about when you hear it. This writer for instance has explained the storyline of ‘Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song’ to every friend and family member. Lewis’s themes may range from bad acid trips to politcal history and oral sex, but there’s an overriding preoccupation that tends towards the life affirming. Relentless positivity usually makes us puke, but how irresistible are lines like, “bad times give you something to talk about/the next time you feel you’re all worn out/remember life is a story, don’t you doubt/it only takes a day for everything to turn around”.
Some of us actually get jealous the first time we’re just about to play someone Jeffrey, because they’re going to get to spend the next few months picking out favourite lines and hanging on every word until a story ends. His songs are so full of self-deprecation, honesty, sadness, humour and truth that he’s nothing less than a gem to be held up and treasured. And in a world where a song that begins with the line “my life is brilliant” can stay at number one for over a month, we need that more than ever.
"Beach Day specializes in a beachy (duh), garage-minded breed of girl-group pop. Indeed, this wellspring goes back about 50 years, and lots of young acts are reviving it now, but this band's interpretation is so natural and incandescent that they make it feel completely fresh again. They have all the romantic nostalgia that you want from this fare but with just enough garage grit to be au courant. But their universal virtue is their rare melodic gift. Most of their ilk simply don't have the stunningly easygoing songwriting instinct that Beach Day does. And that's the difference. It's basic but it's everything. It's why all their songs sound like singles. Moreover, singer Kimmy Drake has the true voice of a girl-group leading lady, something like a young, white Ronnie Spector raised on punk."
~ Orlando Weekly
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