By the sound of it, nobody would ever in a million years guess that Deap Vally was just a two person guitar-drums duo, and especially not a pair of women who met during a crochet class. The sultry Los Angeles tandem of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards reconstruct their small two person stature into a sheer cliff of drums and crunchy amplification. The overall sound has a familiarity to other duos like the White Stripes and Black Keys in both sound and attack, but while the pair easily fits the formula of those bands, the material is high quality and their stage presence is totally unique. The energy of the music is so palpable that drawing comparisons is unjustified other than to help paint a sonic picture. Deap Vally is a viscerally charged musical duo of which to take note and take cover.
The duo’s debut album, Sistrionix, came out in June 2013 on Island Records.
R.I.Y.L. – The White Stripes, Alabama Shakes
It feels like a rare feat these days that a jamband turns up on our new music radar, but it’s always exciting when one does. Sprocket is a New York City-based jamband just ascending out of their Arlene’s Grocery era with a lineup comprised of crack shots on guitar, bass, keys and drums. The band does what few jambands in recent years have been able to do successfully, which is to seamlessly weave in between a lot of different styles. Most jambands these days do one thing well -typically playing funk or live electronica -but Sprocket does many. The band clearly has Phish roots and it’s evident in that their music includes funky grooves, anthemic major key hang gliders, non-boring progressive acrobatics, memorable lead melodies and thoughtful / quirky covers.
R.I.Y.L. – Phish
Written By: Ryan Dembinsky
Listen to Episode Eight of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ starting with “The Rundown” of recent news stories, “Reelin’ In The Years” featuring guitarist Ross James of The Terrapin Family Band and “The Art Of The Sit-In” with Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer.
Guitarist Trey Anastasio will go forward with an April tour as the “Trey Anastasio Trio.”
The lineup of performers playing this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago has been revealed.
Dozens of additions to the 2018 High Sierra Music Festival lineup have just been confirmed.
The lineup for this September’s inaugural installment of Grandoozy has been revealed.
Acclaimed pianist Bruce Hornsby has confirmed a number of summer dates with his band The Noisemakers.