It All Began With a Burst
Kishi Bashi can make you want to dance and cry seamlessly, all with just a violin and his voice. When you throw in his infectious energy and the intricate sonic display of his looping pedals you have one hell of a show. For those who had the opportunity to see him open for of Montreal (of which he is also a touring member) at the 9:30 Club in April they know this Friday’s show at the U Street Music Hall is not to be missed. You will find yourself immersed in the world of sound that he controls. Kishi Bashi is touring to promote his recently released album 151a which can be downloaded here.
I had no idea who Kishi Bashi was when I bought my ticket to see of Montreal. I listened to a few songs from 151a and was intrigued but not entirely sold. His voice oscillates as much as his violin and at times I still find myself surprised at how much I like it. His lyrics are strong and do an excellent job at evoking a wide range of emotion. Watching the one-man music machine and wondering how he does it turned me into a fan. His 9:30 Club performance can be streamed on NPR or on Kishi Bashi's website, but don’t pass up this opportunity to see him in person.
I have found myself in a similar situation with Kishi Bashi headlining. The opening act, Tall Tall Trees, who hail from Brooklyn are new to me but I am sure will be a crowd pleaser as well. Their sound is a mix of indie, bluegrass, and folk with a dash of psychedelic rock thrown in for good measure. An electric banjo often times plays the lead in this quartet. Their second album titled Moment was released in February of 2012. You can listen to and purchase the album on their bandcamp page. The song Vacation has me convinced that this double bill is well worth the $12 ticket.
These two acts will bring their eclectic and quirky stylings to the U Street Music Hall this Friday, July 27. There was a low ticket warning issued earlier in the week so you shouldn’t put off your ticket buying any longer. http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/125983/
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