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Play It by Ear Haiti Benefit Show @ Funk N’ Waffles by 20watts

Liz Lewis playing at Funk 'n' Waffles last night; larger photos below!

PREVIEW: LISTEN to Drink Up Buttercup, Liz Lewis and New Relic on MySpace
GIVE: DONATE a contribution to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

You walk into Funk N’ Waffles and the coffee shop is cramped past the legal limit. With hardly any standing room, much less an open seat, the bands that played at Funk last night did so to a packed show. Whether they were standing in the back or sitting close up front, concert-goers listened intently to the performers voices, guitar noodling, keyboard manipulation and other forms of music-making, whether it involved cellos or garbage cans. The eclectic acts and cozy atmosphere made the Haiti charity event a great success Friday night.

Erica Scarano, Sarah Detweiler, Aaron Gittleman, Liz Lewis, Keith Smith (with Stephen Babcock), One of Three, New Relic, Ryan Whitman and Drink Up Buttercup filled the elevated stage between the hours of 7 and 11:30 p.m. Each artist performed just a few songs, ranging in genres and message. Appropriate to the benefit show’s nature, the only consistent theme of the night was the universal camaraderie shared by the performers and the audience. Continue reading


Editor Picks, Day 4: The Kinks by 20watts
February 14, 2008, 3:21 am
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So lately I’ve rediscovered my love for basically one of the greatest, most influential rock bands ever (and don’t worry, I’m not going to say, “the Beatles! They were great in ‘Across the Universe,’ right?”). I’m talking about The Kinks.

I grew up listening to Ray Davies’ meditations on the decline and fall of the British Empire in the band’s conceptual album Arthur, learned to play air guitar to “You Really Got Me,” and my dad used “Lola” to teach me about the confusing nature of cross-dressers. Most recently, I’ve been unable to separate the sight of Michael Cera rubbing deodorant on his legs from “A Well Respected Man.” (If you had no idea that this scene is from “Juno,” where have you been living for the past four months?)

In light of their recent surge in hipster popularity, check out the band’s masterpiece, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, an homage to the innocence of the idyllic English countryside, released in 1968. Everyone from Blur to Jack White to Wilco owes this album credit. If in doubt as to its greatness, tell me this: what other album could produce a song that includes the words “strawberry jam,” “Donald Duck,” “Mrs. Mopp” and “virginity”?
Unfortunately, The Kinks selection on iTunes is lacking, so do what your dad would’ve done, and just buy the record.
– Jennifer Gramer, Front of Book Editor
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