Video Debut: Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silo’s “Let’s Ride It”

We had a beautiful weekend and now it’s supposed to rain all week. But don’t let that get you down! Relive the gorgeous weather (and GDP) with a new video from Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos for “Let’s Ride … Continue reading

GDP/Band Bombshell Got An Award!

It’s been a big weekend! And thanks to everyone who has made it awesome. Seriously, though. What a huge weekend for local music. Let’s break it down a bit. GDP If you didn’t get the chance to make it to … Continue reading

Gross Domestic Product: Outdoor Patio Stage

MR. NASTI: photo courtesy of Facebook Gross Domestic Product is less than a week away! We snagged interviews with the 19 bands playing this awesome music festival. Today we’re highlighting the six acts rocking on the Vaudeville Mews Outdoor Patio … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Vaudeville Mews!

The Mews holds a spot in the heart of every single 4th Street regular and newbie alike. Today marks their 10th birthday, and I think it’s the perfect time to show the venue some love. Ladd Askland, booker for the … Continue reading

New Single from Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos

Local fave Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos dropped a new single today. “Let’s Ride It” from their upcoming album Northerner is funky, sexy, and totally catchy. Lead singer Dustin is backed by powerhouse singer Paige Harpin and a great group of … Continue reading

Parlours CD Release Party Review

This past weekend was filled with with local music must-sees, one of them being Parlours’ CD Release Party at Wooly’s this past Friday. If you missed it, let me get you back up to speed. Parlours put on a CD … Continue reading

Review: Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos, Big Harp, and The Mynabirds

Last night was not a night to miss the action down at The Mews. Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos started off the evening around 8pm, followed by Los Angeles act Big Harp, and the lovely ladies (and dude) of The Mynabirds closed up the show around 11:15pm.

Dustin Smith (banjo, guitar) and Paige Harpin led with vocals for the Sunday Silos. Nick Leo schooled on the keys, and Gabe Cordova rocked the bass. Sam Mogerman kept them grounded on the drums. The Silos started off a little folk-y/indie and grew into a more rock sound as their songs progressed. They debuted a few new songs, including “Let’s Ride It.” Paige’s jazzy sound mixed well with Dustin’s deep, country-inspired vocals. They ended their set with a new jam, “Orphans.” They set off the show with an energetic buzz that led perfectly into the married duo, Big Harp.

Hailing from LA, Stefanie and Chris Senseney started off big. Stefanie sported a bass—that almost overshadowed her slight frame, I might add—and absolutely killed it. A bass-veteran, Stefanie took off on the melody with many of their songs in the best way possible. Chris’s vocal range leaves little to be desired. It was a pleasant surprise to hear his voice go from high pitches reminiscent of Bon Iver to the deep, the raspyness of Tom Waits, and the deep, rolling sounds of M. Ward. Big Harp started off with the title track off of the first album, “White Hat.” A pretty safe bet. The real crowd pleaser was “Out in the Field”—a fun, range-y song with a quick speed-up toward the middle. Chris takes off making noises—literally little yelps and screeches—while the rest of the band follows with a Latin American-esque beat. My favorite song of the night, for sure.

The Mynabirds finished up the night. Frontwoman Laura Burhenn—who sported a hat crafted from a fox’s head for a part of the set—made sure to explain the meaning between the songs at each break. Ranging from self-esteem to “supporting all of the ‘freaks’ out there,” Laura crooned moral-boosting song after song. The Mynabirds had the crowd groovin’ with the buzz that The Silos and Big Harp had alluded to. The sound may have been more girly, but the same raw, strong vocals remained true to the night’s theme.

All in all, an awesome night for music. I’d give it a nine out of ten, in the end. The Mynabirds will be back this summer, so if you missed out this time, don’t make the same mistake. Big Harp is back in the studio, so keep an eye for their new album.