Friday, March 25 will be a big night at the Tipsy Teapot. In addition to Lonnie Walker, Friday includes three other North Carolina-based bands with Jack the Radio, Veelee, and Cassis Orange appearing. Heck, it’s an east coast party with Railbird (Brooklyn), Radio Control (Boston), Rex Complex (Brooklyn), and mikingmihrab (Philadelphia) taking the stage as well. Follow along as we’ve pulled together some information, music and video for each.
The Raleigh-based band will be releasing its debut LP, Pretty Money, in April. Drawing on blues, country, and traditional rock and roll influences, Jack the Radio is grind-it-out bar band that work hard for their audiences. They can rock out, get you dancing, or make you sway with one of their ballads. We saw them play at the Tipsy Teapot back in January, and they blew the roof off the place.
Buy/Stream Jack the Radio:
Listening to Raleigh-based Veelee is like sitting in a Barcalounger; once you get into it, you don’t want to get out. It’s easy to envision big things for this duo. They were recently featured on NBC’s Studio B session, and opened for indie-faves, Superchunk at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Edgy but accessible, Matthew Park (guitar, keyboard) and Ginger Wagg (drums) trade vocals over instrumentation that is minimalist in nature, but far from rudimentary. Veelee is touring in support of the 2010 release, The Future Sight (Grip Tapes).
Not Getting Nowhere from Three Sides [mp3]
Three Sides *Free Download*:
The Future Sight:
Cassis Orange is a cocktail popular in Japan’s karaoke bars. It’s also the moniker of Autumn Ehinger, a DYI sorceress who wonderfully weaves together layers of keyboards, drum machines, percussion equipment, and lo-fi recorded vocals. In 2010, Ehinger released a stellar self-titled EP on Grip Tapes. At only four tracks it’s a bit of a tease, because it holds so much promise for this performer.
Buy/Stream: Cassis Orange EP
Brooklyn’s Railbird is packed with good musicians, but this band has a jewel in Sarah Pedinotti. Her delivery borders theatric—it’s the timing and her phrasing that it unique. This band is getting a lot of underground buzz, and after hearing their 2010 release, No One, we can see why. You can stream it here (it’s also on ReverbNation). While you are at their website download the title track.
Watch: Railbird Live at the Paradise 9/22/10
Radio Control is straight up garage punk out of Boston. The duo is set to release their first full length on April 23. They have a two EPs and a couple of singles available on their Bandcamp page.
Out of Brooklyn, Rex Complex prides itself on walking a fine line between “lunacy and ingenuity.” After listening to a few of their tracks several times, it’s easy to see that this is not some throwaway line. This is what they aspire to be. Sometimes off the wall, sometimes purely brilliant, you can’t help listening to see what’s next.
Rex Complex – Missing Pieces
The Rex Complex – Set Go [mp3]
This Philly punk band has a fury that would make Joe Strummer proud. Crunchy guitar licks, complex bass fills, and a steady attack on the drums drive the tracks of mikingmihrab. It’s easy to see why this band is a Greenville/Spazz favorite. Let’s just keep the matches and mattresses away from the crowd on Saturday.
Buy/Stream: Tres Tontos
See you there!