New Zealand’s The Ruby Suns play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The psych / pop band is touring in support of their dreamy Christopher LP, which they released earlier this year on Sub Pop. Using his world travels as inspiration for all three Ruby Suns full lengths, Ryan McPhun drew inspiration from a trip to Scandinavia for this most recent effort. Lyrically, Christopher is a breakup album but sonically it’s an adventure into both the musical and natural landscapes of the north. Tickets and information for theie 21+ show with Painted Palms can be found here. Watch the video for “Kingfisher Call Me” below and download the song here.
Hiding From Andy
Graduates of the World Cafe Live Monday open mic series, local four-piece Hiding From Andy is getting ready to release its latest album, You Can Go Home Tomorrow, later on this year. This week, the band released a free download of the album’s first single, “Light The Way,” which moves in a speedy jam-rock groove reminiscent of The Allman Brothers Band and Phish. Grab a download of the song below, and keep tabs on the band’s Facebook page for news about upcoming appearances.
In the last two weeks or so that we’ve been running our 12 Days Of Christmas series, there’s been a fair share of songs that really bring on the holiday blues. (Ben Arnold’s tale of drunken, sad-sack loneliness on Christmas night, in particular, left us wanting to reach for the bottle as well.) So we thank Hiding From Andy for sending us a song that pretty much features every image of a classic, happy family holiday: a neighborhood lit by sparkling Christmas lights, a party full of old friends, bottles of wine and winter beer, gathering firewood on a snowy night, and a picture-perfect scene of togetherness. (Maybe Hiding From Andy should invite Ben Arnold over.)