Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ticket Giveaway - The Jayhawks - Mr Smalls - 10.16.11 - Show Preview - Pittsburgh

The Jayhawks will be performing this Sunday, 10.16. We are happy to be offering a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, just email us with your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com

The Jayhawks were born out of the mid 80's in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. From their press:

The Jayhawks are an American band, and not just because they covered Grand Funk Railroad's "Bad Time" on their '95 album. Tomorrow the Green Grass. Fifteen years ago, the Minneapolis band practically invented the Americana/alt-country movement with their patented brand ofrootsy pop-rock. But even then, the Jayhawks' music was just as informed by singer/songwriter Gary Louris' love of British Invasion bands.

The band's prominence on the contemporary rock scene is attested to by Rolling Stone's inclusion of their classic '92 effort, HoIIy\vood Town Hall, among its 34 greatest rock & roll albums of the '90s. The Village Voice called them "the only country-rock band that matters" while influential No Depression named it among the 101 Greatest "Alternative Country" records of all-time There are at least a dozen Internet sites created by Jayhawks fans themselves to document the group's history.

The group's long-awaited sixth album. Smile, their first since '97's moody Sound of Lies and their first distributed by Columbia Records, was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin. The album simultaneously returns to the band's roots in folk and country ("What Led Me To This Town," "A Break In The Clouds" and "Better Days") and moves forward into a bold, new territory of atmospheric rhythms and psychedelic grunge ("Somewhere In Ohio"), surreal distortion ("Wildest Dreams"). For the first single, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," the Jayhawks have created a radio-ready anthem, with chiming guitars and soaring harmonies that recall the pop epiphanies of inspired heartland-rock. 

Tickets for the show can be found here. Doors are at 7p with show at 8p and Rayland Baxter opening.