We start off this week’s Listening Party with Beatles-inspired pop group The Cheeksters. Mark Casson and Shannon Hines have been performing and recording together since 1992, and yet the last 15 years have seemingly done nothing to diminish their unapologetic obsession of ‘60s pop music. Their latest album, Movers and Shakers is set for release at the Grey Eagle on Saturday, Nov. 3. We suggest starting with the Lennon/McCartney-esque track “Love Hearts.”
Next up is EAR PWR, a duo consisting of “a boy and girl who love each other very much … and they think you are magical!” EAR PWR isn’t the easiest band to sum up, but it’s safe to say that their music is electronic, experimental and entertaining. Although every EAR PWR track has a unique charm, we suggest starting with “Jack AND Jill,” if only for the non-sequitur nature of the lyrics. The pair will perform at the New French Bar on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Videohippos.
Closing out this week’s Listening Party, we have Future Islands, a group that claims both Asheville and Greenville, N.C., as their hometowns. The group claims to fall into the minimalist, New Wave and pop genres, but songs like “Flicker and Flutter” also bring to mind the post-Disco movement Brit-pop movement, Glenn Danzig and Frank Black’s solo work and the background music to the Mega Man video game series. The group is currently on an East Coast tour, but will return to Asheville for a show at the New French Bar on Saturday, Nov. 10, with Tron Valdez and Vandertramp. (And, if you’re feeling all multimedia today, you might want to check out their video for the song “Follow You.”)
Now, it’s your turn. Tell us your thoughts on these groups by posting into the comment fields below. This is your chance to be the music reviewer, so praise and pan as you see fit.
— Steve Shanafelt, A&E editor