This weekend I had the opportunity to see two absolutely incredible shows. On Friday night I found myself at Schuba's for the incredible triple bill of Pickwick, Basia Bulat, and The Local Strangers. Then, Saturday Night, The Local Strangers played a small, intimate house show in Evanston, that may have been one of the more perfect concert experiences I've experienced in a great while. For those who haven't caught on to the wonderful, infectious music that Pickwick is making: watch this video, then run over to iTunes, or to their website, and pick up their debut album "Can't Talk Medicine".
Basia Bulat was a name that had been on the edge of my radar for a bit, but I never had taken the time to really listen to her music. For those who haven't had the pleasure, don't make the mistake I did - watch this one, then go get her newest album, "Heart of my Own".
As far as The Local Strangers are concerned - I spent a lot of my weekend with them, hearing their powerful, soul-searching, eyes-to-the-stars music wash over me. They released their debut full-length last year, and it's absolutely gorgeous - not to mention that Aubrey and Matt are two of the sweetest, most earnest people you'll ever meet. I can't say enough positives about this band. Listen to the song 'I Will Let You Down', then watch this video of an incredible new song they played last night. The video isn't great - but it's the best I can convey the power of this song. Seriously, go buy their album(s). Right now.
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All in all - an incredible weekend.
P.S. - Watch this Take Away Show with Kodaline that was posted at the end of last week. It's haunting and painful and gorgeous.