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Friday, June 06, 2008

Four Stars! - PARLOUR STEPS

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Parlour Steps (Vancouver) draw some similarities from their varied musical influences. They dip their cup into the very same creative well from which Arcade Fire and The Pixies have drank from over the years. This creativity is then forged with the lyrical elements of Sufjan Stevens and Tom Waits. It's true - Parlour Steps could be the best band you never heard of (until today.)

Listening to "Thieves of Memory" - the RSL Song of the Day, it's pretty much impossible to not hear similarities between Parlour Steps and Cold War Kids and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs. This comparison is meant to be complimentary, but based on what I'm listening to as I type these words - perhaps I am not doing the band enough justice. Parlour Steps' brand new album is called Ambiguoso and the damn thing really doesn't have a bad song. The new album's varied tracks move and undulate like a living creature - each is individual and different. Ambiguoso truly runs the musical gamut. Pick it up and expect to have your doors blown off.

For those who read this blog with any regularity, you know I have a snazzy rundown every six months or so of the hottest new talent, best new albums and notable acts & performers. Expect to see this band again for those lists. I don't anticipate it falling from grace anytime soon.

HOT NEW RECORD: Ambiguoso



THIEVES OF MEMORY VIDEO:


Check It Out: Parlour Steps and I both made a guest appearance on The Plugg today!

GREAT NEWS BOSTON:

I am bringing Parlour Steps to your door! I have added the band to the RSL Live Music Showcase I have planned for June 17th at The Middle East.

The lineup is: The Black and White Years, Parlour Steps, Action Verbs and Anthems MA! This will be one of the best shows in the city all summer long. This one is expected to sell out - so I encourage you to buy tickets now (ticketmaster).


Parlour Steps Web / Myspace
Buy the Album: Nine Mile Records

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