First off, thanks to Palodine and Barton Carroll for another great benefit show at the High Dive last week. All benefits from that show went to One America, an organization dedicated to advancing democracy, justice and human rights at all levels of government. If you missed the show, experience it via our Streaming Archive and check out photos here.
This week Kristen Ward and The Girls perform live from our studio and The Stranger’s Larry Mizell stops by in between to chat and spin some local tunes he’s been digging.
At the quarter-century mark, Kristen Ward (6PM) represents the next in line of the Northwest’s country noir talent. On her latest, 2008s Drive Away, Ward laments as or more convincing than the genre’s elders, complete with brilliant pedal steel from Kevin Suggs and even some guest guitar work from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Recorded by Brad Zeffren at Seattle’s Chroma Sound Studio, Drive Away is a must listen. The band has a series of local shows coming up, including 10/17 @ the High Dive and 11/21 @ the Triple Door.
Much like with The Muslims, The Black Kids and other recent buzz bands, The Girls (8PM) should not be taken at face value — there are no girls in The Girls. But after hearing old school punk riffs and tight new wave synths, the name somehow takes on more relevance and becomes completely irrelevant at the same time. If you’re looking to party down tonight, or better yet, be the life of the party, throw on The Girls and you’re well on your way. Following the band’s performance on Audioasis will be a CD release show @ King Cobra and a full US tour starting next week.