Monday, January 31, 2011

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at LZR

Sometimes I prefer to just see the opening band(s) and I leave during the headlining set. For instance way back in the early to mid-aughts I had the chance to see The Walkmen open up for...wait for it...Cake. After 2.33 Cake tunes I turned to my friend and said, "Let's go get a case of beer." to which he responded, "Thank you." I have similar feelings about Wednesday's show at La Zona Rosa. I'm not going to talk smack about Tokyo Police Club, I recognize that they have talent and that people truly enjoy their music, but I am not one of those people. However, I do enjoy the musical-stylings of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Not only is their name clever but so is their songwriting. Their latest LP Let It Sway features production from Chris Walla, of Death Cab for Cutie and has some of their greatest songwriting to date. If you're interested in checking this show out I'd get tickets now, while they're $16 because day of they show they will be, at least, $18.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Sink/Let It Sway video via YouTube

In other, opening bands I'd rather see than the headliner news, playing the slot before SSLYBY is one of my favorite local bands, TV Torso. For that one person reading this who doesn't know, the vestiges of former Austin greats The Sound Team, are now mostly split between Sunset (Who play the Mohawk's inside stage Tuesday night) and TV Torso. I think Sunset represents the more weird/experimental side of the indie-coin whereas TV Torso represent the more pop-songcrafty side of the indie coin. I love both bands equally just like my children (who don't exist) but for different reasons.

TV Torso - Days of Being Wild (Mellow Version) video via YouTube audio via Daytrotter

So, make sure you get to La Zona early enough to catch BOTH TV Torso and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and then feel free to leave after a song or two from Tokyo Police Club, I won't judge you. Oh, and if you're interested in that Sunset show happening Tuesday there is more info about it here.

Sunset - Fishtown video via YouTube