Saturday, March 14, 2009

Handsome Animals - Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Live @ SPACE 3.13

After taking a little break from playing live (with the exception of Tower of Song and a few guest appearances), Aly + TJ of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper returned on Friday the 13th for what might have been their best show to date. It was a good crowd at SPACE gallery, and Montreal-based band Shapes & Sizes got us sufficiently warmed up for the face melting, heart tugging music to come. The already climatic drumbeat stomp of former show closer "Penny Licks" provided the groundwork for a re-imagining of "The Nothing" - a deep cut from the self-released debut, The Tingly Circus. They then somehow managed to top themselves with a new song named for their miniature deer- "You're Turning Violet Clementine". It ended in sort of a gender-reversed White Stripes rock out with TJ pounding away at the drums while Aly shredded on the banjo.

This is the best band in Portland, and one of the best currently walking the earth. And don't take my word for it. Check out this post at the Pine Haven Collective. Or see Aly + TJ take the stage at the Port City Music Hall for the Portland Phoenix Best of 2009 Award Show on April 15th.

And, if you haven't already, head over to iTunes and get their album "Samples for Handsome Animals".

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