It List: Monday
Baroness/Young Widows/The Spectacle (Rubber Gloves): Baroness is a very strange band for sure, with sort of a metal sludge meets southern rock meets prog meets (gulp) glam kind of thing going on. I'll admit that I was only able to give the band a quick listen today after I downloaded their latest full length Red Album, but I generally liked what I heard enough to say that it might be worth checking out live, even though I didn't have time to let much of it sink it. But what kind of geek lets metal "sink in" anyway? Just rock that shit.
Audrey Lapraik/RTb2 (Greenhouse): Typically, the thought of going to Greenhouse to watch singer songwriters is about as appealing to me as watching Dirk bust his ankle, but I have to say that I enjoyed a couple tracks from Audrey Lapraik when I listened on her Myspace page last night. Members of Generation Juno might recognize some sort of Kimya Dawson influence in her songs, and it's there for sure, but what caught my ear primarily was Lapraik's voice and vocal delivery, both of which seperate her from the typical local acoustic wankery with a rougher and more interesting presentation that doesn't hide behind a neo country snooze fest. Is that the same thing as saying that someone's voice has "character?" I don't know, but its meant as a compliment. Apparently she's done some recording with Baptist Generals as well, so theres that if you care.
Cool Out (The Cavern)
Jazz (Amsterdam Bar)
Paul Slavens (Dan's Silverleaf)