Toofer Toosday - Bowerbirds & Kelley Stoltz

Sometimes you know a band is good from the first second you hear them. Sometimes it takes a couple listens before their music finally sinks in. When I first heard Bowerbirds and Kelley Stoltz they immediately won me over.

Bowerbirds is a trio hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina. They play an uptempo blend of folk and indie rock. Their sound is large for them having only three players in the band. The songs encompass and swallow you whole leaving you tapping your feet and clapping your hands while in the belly of the beast. This year they released a full length LP entitled Hymns For A Dark Horse on Burly Times Records with some well deserved reviews. If you are looking for music to awe and inspire you, this is it.

mp3: Bowerbirds - In Our Talons --> website --> buy

Kelley Stoltz plays 1960's era experimental pop rock blended with a modern indie lyrical flare. This sound simply appeals to me. From the first lyrics out of his mouth sounding like Paul off of Abbey Road, but with Steppenwolf backing him up, I knew Stoltz had something good going on. In February 2008 he'll release his new album Circular Sounds on Sub Pop Records. He has earned his way onto the list of must haves for next year.

mp3: Kelley Stoltz - Memory Collector --> website --> buy

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