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"The chinese food was late. The bass was missing. The van broke down. The bass broke one minute before they went on. And then it broke again. The monitors were too low. The second set was played in complete darkness. But the beer? The beer was free. It was a night they’d never forget, if they could only remember it." - VH1 Behind the Music, Barry Badrinath & The ZJ’s 

Here’s some pics from last night’s show at Mystery Lane in Portsmouth, Dominica. The band changes it’s name for every show; last night we were Barry Badrinath & The ZJ’s. In true medical school fashion, we had to perform emergency MacGuyver surgery on both the van and the bass guitar, but in the end we pulled it off and sounded better than we ever have. The highlight was probably “Fat Bottomed Girls” where we all switched instruments with our keyboard player hopping on guitar, our guitarist hopping on bass, our drummer on vocals and me on the drums.

Set 1:
Misirlou (Dale Dick) —>
Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand) —>
Woman (Wolfmother) —>
Roadhouse Blues (The Doors) —>
Hey Ya (Andre 3000)
When I Come Around (Green Day)
Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)
Say It Ain’t So (Weezer)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Dammit (Blink 182)

Set 2:
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Paint it Black (Rolling Stones)
Steady as She Goes (Raconteurs)
Proud Mary (CCR)
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
What’s My Age Again (Blink 182)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi)

According to the website of Colorado based indie-folk band The Lumineers, “The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music—the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.” I couldn’t agree with them more.

With their first single “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers have struck gold by digging around in the vein that bands like The Head and the Heart and Mumford & Sons have opened up in the music industry while at the same time adding their own unique twist. From a lyrical and musical standpoint the potential for this band is through the roof. I’m pumped for their debut album due out in April.

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This afternoon I heard “Catch Me Jumping” by The Dimes for the first time. Since then I’ve listened to it about five more times. I’m definitely going to pick up both 2007’s The Silent Generation and 2009’s The King Can Drink the Harbour Dry—the latter happens to also be a great album title.

Update: The mp3 wasn’t working before. My bad.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, with it’s chamber-pop sound, has been compared to some of the best indie acts of the past decade; bands like The Arcade Fire, The Shins, and The Decemberists to name a few. Currently halfway through a September 2010 US Tour, they will be stopping in Philly at the end of the month, a show at which I will be front and center. Here’s Skeleton Key off of their 2006 debut album, Dust Retreat.