There are times when you first hear a band perform and think “Wow, these guys are talented” and such was the case when I first encountered St. Paul de Vence at Conor Byrne. This group is fantastic and not only do they each individually have amazing talent and skills; but as a unit they seem almost superhuman. The story behind the band is that the lyrics are based on stories from lead singer Benjamin Doerr’s grandfather and his experiences in the South of France during wartime. Doerr’s chilling and soft vocals not only bring to light the emotion that you can only assume his grandfather had felt, but such touches like the use of accordion and acoustic guitars really set the tone.
We Are The Willows is a side-project by Peter Michael Miller (also of Red Fox Grey Fox) and it is a wonder as to how he does this all by himself. Each track has several layers that involve not only guitar work but vocal, harmonies, and sometimes synth or keys. The electro-pop singer/songwriter (whose similar in style to Dashboard Confessional) has a few other shows in the Pacific Northwest before heading back home to Minnesota.
It wouldn’t feel right if a Seattle music blog didn’t mention that there was an Eddie Vedder show going on tonight, now would it? If you did no buy your tickets the moment they went on sale then you lost out just like a bunch of other fans did. Pearl Jam front-man Vedder will be performing songs from his latest solo record Ukulele Songs which is, as you guessed, an album full of Vedder playing his ukulele. The tiny guitar-like instrument has a faint sound and tone to it which matches up well with Vedder’s raspy and sultry vocals.
Glen Hansard (known from The Swell Season and The Frames) will be opening for Vedder on his month-long tour. The Dublin-basedsinger/songwriter/actor wears many hats and can play a variety of instruments including the mandolin.