PRUSSIA and DENT MAY & HIS MAGNIFICENT UKELELE with OHTIS at the Pike Room

SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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PRUSSIA: neighborhood heroes reutrn with their glorious rock racket. Take it away, Laura Witkowski: "If you combine youthful vigor with a respect for '60s soul, a tie-dyed tee, and frenetic, tireless energy, you're apt to get Detroit's Prussia. Dear Emily, Best Wishes, Molly, the band's first full-length release, comes after a year filled with well-attended gigs and an earned distinction as one hell of a frantic and unpredictable live band. That kind of presence can be great onstage but occasionally leads to studio cacophony. A less disciplined band would've fallen prey to such trappings, but Prussia focuses its energy into a highly listenable and sonically adventurous record. The production here includes elements of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Phil Spector and classic Elephant 6, with the musical styles ranging from funk to calypso/reggae to orchestral pop-ish punk. These aren't the kind of eclectic sounds you might expect a bunch of kids in their early 20s to play with any real authority, and yet these 10 songs stand as stark evidence that they have indeed become masters of the various forms." With new PAW TRACKS signing DENT MAY & HIS MAGNIFICENT UKELELE: You may have heard of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, a new pop musician from Oxford, Mississippi. If not, you’ll be hearing a lot from him in the coming year. Dent’s unique vocal style, part crooner, part falsetto, and 101 percent showman reflects the influences of some of his favorite singers (Prince, Serge Gainsbourg, and Lee Hazlewood to name a few). His love of various song styles results in a unique combination of ukulele, drums, pedal steel, violin, horns and bass. One second his songs hint at Brazilian Tropicalia, the next a ‘50s barbershop quartet or an early 20th century country swing. By integrating his favorite pop music from around the world and writing about what is in front of him (his town, his friends, and pretty girls), Dent takes the “think global, buy local” motto to heart. He may just be one of the 21st century’s first sustainable pop singers. Animal Collective first heard Dent May when they were recording their new record in Oxford Mississippi in early 2008. They quickly signed him to their Paw Tracks imprint and now we present his incredibly impressive debut full length, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. With excitement reaching a fever pitch a new term has been coined: Dent Maynia. Catch it. Plus Phonotropic fave OHTIS.

 

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