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Hitting the Spot: The Antlers

Rachel Hunt

Issue date: 9/18/09 Section: Focus
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Next week: To folks planning on seeing Neon Tongues and The Antlers this Wednesday, Sept. 23 expect a spiritual experience. At least that's what Neon Tongues front man Dylan Baldi promised me over dinner. These two trios come from very different genres and will play back to back giving those in attendance a taste of the best of both worlds.

Neon Tongues are really making Case Western Reserve University their home away from home. Dylan Baldi (current CWRU student), Adam Upp (former CWRU student), and Marty Brass (Baldwin Wallace) played at Studio-A-Rama just two weeks ago. They've got a lot of material and the band gets together to practice every weekend, but they have yet to record an album. They're a relatively new band but they have had plenty of experience playing in other local projects such as Thee TV Oh Dees, Ponyta, and The Soulhounds. "Our songs are about world peace… and America," Baldi reports. Maybe that's what sets them apart from The Bitters and other 60s and 80s post-punk garage rock bands that have influenced their music.
The Antlers are another trio comprised of Peter Silberman, Michael Lerner, and Darby Cicci. The Antlers have quite a discography under their belt, putting out two albums and two EPs in the last three years. Their newest release, Hospice (Frenchkiss) came out in mid- August to praises of "best album of the year" in many circles. It took two years to complete but their eerie, ambient style has left many people seemingly addicted to their songs of love and loss with a depth that many artists fail to achieve with such charming simplicity. They have a huge fall tour lined up to promote their new album, so come out to wish them well before they head off.

In case you missed it: Last week, Those Darlins brought the South to the Spot, playing a vivacious set of alternative country. The three ladies of the band (as well as their drummer) proved themselves to be talented songwriters as well as versatile musicians, switching instruments throughout the show. Also, Those Darlins had an electrifying stage presence. After literally jumping off stage, these girls danced, sung, and played their way through the crowd. While the band's songs are fairly short, these girls proved that they could hold a full-blown jam session all while personally entertaining each person watching. With a live show like theirs, it's no wonder critics and fans alike are crazy for Those Darlins.
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