Wednesday, December 02, 2009
When I pull together my list of favorite albums of Oh-Nine (*spoiler alert!*) Wye Oak's "The Knot" will be on it. Hell, I knew that after just a couple of close listens. The Baltimore duo of Jenn & Andy deftly avoided a sophomore slump by taking the qualities that made their 2008 debut ("If Children") so mesmerizing and adding an extra layer of emotional depth. If their first record was a promise made, the second was a promise kept.
I've been quite lucky to see them a few times this year, not just here in Boston, but once down at the XX Merge label anniversary shindig in July, where their rich sound filled up the massive Memorial Hall at UNC. They looked so small up on that stage, though their songs were anything but. And as good as they are in any setting, I was glad to see them again up here in Cambridge shortly after, where I could get up close and let their waves wash over me.
That chance comes again this weekend when Wye Oak returns to Allston's wonderful Great Scott on the 6th, with openers Hands and Knees and St. Claire. Courtesy of the fine folks at World Music/CRASHarts, I have two pairs of tix to hand out for the Sunday night show, so fire off an email to giveaways [at] bradleysalmanac [dot] com, and make it quick... I'm taking entries for two short days. Title your note "Wye Oak!", and get it to my inbox before Noon on Friday, when I'll randomly pick two winners and email them right away. That'll give 'em the rest of the weekend to tease their friends with the extra guest list spot. The less fortunate ones? Well, they can grab tickets of their own right here, or over at Great Scott.
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on november 14th, 2008
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