Most bills for me consist of one act. The others are filler to warm-up for a headliner, or stronger than whoever the hell is at the top of the bill. Rolling maybe your way is an excellent double bill — I was fortunate enough to take it in this week. One part the electrifying Nick Waterhouse and the other part Allah-Las. The former, or the headliner of this tour, vouched more than once for his openers. Due to Spotify, and my usual go-to resources for new music, rarely will I bother with an opener. My musical collection is large enough. But a co-sign from one of my favorite artists this year woke me up, luckily, to this surf-inspired quartet taking us back to a simpler time.
A record you can lose yourself in. It’s the melodies that drift you off to another place and set you on a wave; a sound upbeat enough to energize you but tranquil, too; this simple smoothness reminds you to take a step back, slow down for a few, and bask in the little things.