HOWLIN RAIN and CITAY at the Pike Room

FRIDAY MARCH 28, 2008
doors at 8PM, show at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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From the top Napalm-wrecked/underground defining bands of the New American Weird is HOWLIN' RAIN. They are equal parts dust, groove, folk, and rock all sewn into classic Americana songs full of luscious melodies and hip grinding grooves. HOWLIN’ RAIN is unfiltered music, lending to both its glory and its grit and blemishes. The group features John Moloney on percussion, Ian Gradek on the bass and banjo, along with guitarist and singer/songwriter Ethan Miller. HOWLIN RAIN released their self-titled album in 2006 with the intention of making a good old fashioned free-wheeling rock album with a bared soul and a body. According to Miller, “We make music to beat the steering wheel of your van to or sing along with while drinking whiskey in the bathtub on a Saturday night with your dog.” Their next album MAGNIFICANT FIEND will be released in March. Though CITAY's emphasis on instrumentation wears its classic rock–metal influences on its sleeve, it is the disciplined melodies and more nuanced harmonies, à la the Beach Boys and the Byrds, combined with a scampering mandolin and lackadaisical tambourine, that make Citay's music accessible and original. Inspired by the acoustic sides of '70s rock behemoths Led Zeppelin, Heart and Black Sabbath, they've taken a detoour into lush, baroque folk and sun-kissed Laurel Canyon jams; blending those groups with more pastoral shades with the likes of John Fahey, Pentangle and CSN&Y to very fine effect. $8. Door at 8pm.

 

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