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Steve Taylor Band, AB & the Sea

Steve Taylor Band

AB & the Sea

Benyaro

Sat, Jul 30, 2011

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

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This event is 21 and over

Steve Taylor Band
Steve Taylor Band

With a sound steeped in the sunlit tones of Laurel Canyon, the mid 60’s pop and R&B of the Brill Building, and the lo-fi synths of early prog rock, Oakland resident Steve Taylor is equal parts folk troubadour and blue-eyed soul balladeer. A multi-instrumentalist with a surprisingly diverse background, including stints in black gospel churches, avant folk ensembles, and Oakland indie band Rogue Wave, he's also recently collaborated with members of Yeasayer, Vetiver, and Fruit Bats.

Now back from tour, he is recording a followup to his latest release, "Has The Size of The Road Got The Better of You?", which was recorded by Aaron Prellwitz (Neil Young and Crazy Horse) and Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof) at the venerable Tiny Telephone Studio in SF. Layering acoustic guitars with vintage organs, pianos, analog synthesizers, and dead drums, he creates a sound that's both modern and thoroughly informed by 70's AM rock.
AB & the Sea
AB & the Sea
Benyaro
Benyaro

Benyaro, New York City's indie acoustic soul and roots power duo, has a sound reminiscent of "early Tom Waits" (KBGA- Missoula, MT), "acoustic David Bowie" (WESU- Middletown, CT), and "if you’re a fan of The Band or their modern-day counterparts The Avett Brothers, there’s a good chance you’ll take a shine to Good Day Better" (Nashville Scene). According to Relix magazine's Jan/Feb 2011 issue, Benyaro is "on the verge...indie acoustic soul power." Their 2 albums (Benyaro and Good Day Better) have spent time on the CMJ Top 200 and over 120 radio stations across the world spin the music. Lead singer Ben Musser's voice has been dubbed "a strange amalgamation of Cat Stevens and Axl Rose" (Yes! Weekly). Knowing this, one can expect Benyaro to deliver an intense, emotional, and upbeat performance. Musser and upright bassist Bobby McCullough combine their voices and instruments with feeling and honesty, drawing audiences into their world of soul, folk, country, rock, blues, gospel and beatboxing/house. Though only two performers, one is treated to the sound of a full acoustic band as they play percussion with feet, nylon string guitar and upright bass with hands and sing together with conviction. Philadelphia Daily News writes Good Day Better offers a "campfire hoot of a sound endowed with warm tunes and tight harmonies." Good Day Better, Benyaro's latest, explores and expands the boundaries of acoustic music and is available at Benyaro shows, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other fine online retailers.
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