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June 13, 2011

This week: Great Shows from MOKB Presents & Luna Music

by @thoughtontracks

Work proves less daunting with the prospect of a delicious reward at the end of the week. As usual, MOKB Presents is offering a couple of terrific distractions from the grind. In a city known for its naps, Dodge and friends continue to provide its natives with a multitude of reasons to stay awake.

Tomorrow night, Ray LaMontagne and his Pariah Dogs will bring their batch of bluesy foot-stompers from the recent God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise to The Lawn at White River. Reluctantly, I’ll be sitting this one out. Due to a recent robbery, the pocket money ain’t what it used to be.

That being said, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise is arguably LaMontagne’s strongest work to date. The album marks LaMontagne’s first stint as producer. The Pariah Dogs fill-out his songwriting nicely, without turning it into something different. The album would have worked flawlessly as the soundtrack to the Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart.

Some of my favorite tracks include: “Beg Steal or Borrow”, “New York City’s Killing Me”, and “The Devil’s in the Jukebox

Friday offers a double feature of up-and-coming indie act Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. From 4 until 7 PM, the band will do a free, in-store performance at Luna Music. Later that evening, the duo will take the stage at White Rabbit Cabaret. Phantasmagoria and Hot Fox will be on hand to lend support. Doors open at 8. Tickets are $8 in advance $10 at the door.

It’s A Corporate World is one of my favorite releases from 2011. The Detroit duo is comprised of Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein. Catchy hooks and Beach Boysesque harmonies abound on their addictive debut release. White Rabbit is the place to be this Friday.

Favorite Tracks: “Morning Thought”, “Nothing But Our Love”, “An Ugly Person On a Movie Screen”

Click here for a free download of the single “Morning Thought.”

Click here to listen to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s recent Daytrotter Session.

KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: here via NPR

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