Sunday, August 30, 2009

April Smith; Sping Standards: Bryan Dunn @ Bowery Ballroom

April Smith; The Sping Standards: Bryan Dunn
@ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn, NY - August 29, 2009

April Smith has a smoky disposition while singing a well-toned mix of vintage pop and a perky demeanor between the songs. This is some high craft, and about to be a big deal if people with taste have anything to say about it.

The Spring Standards are kids ready for their Itunes commercial. That's not a bad thing. That's how their Indie pop vibrates. Their country-blues stuff, therefore, comes a bit out of nowhere but they do that well too. Their real talent though are their harmonies...holy hell.

Bryan Dunn was on fire kicking off a long Saturday night at the Bowery. The band was tight, the vocals were perfect, and the genre-mixing was high and mighty. "Heart of Glass" was the cover of choice for the night, providing a disco interlude from the Americana-soaked and power pop-backed variety of clips. Also, this man cuts a ballad like no one's business.


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