Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Phonograph, and Ezra Furman and the Harpoons @ Roxy, 11/12
"If you want to choose us as your new favorite band...we allow that," Ezra Furman grinned. By that point last Wednesday night I was seriously considering it. Well, maybe not favorite, but perhaps in the top ten. I walked into the Roxy that evening expecting not much. I had heard that Phonograph was making their first appearance in Los Angeles and wanted to see how they sounded live. I did not expect to be rocked not once, not twice, but thrice in one evening by people I had never heard of. Perhaps, dear readers, you are more hip and with it and you were already are aware of these three bands' excellence, but I was not.
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons took the stage at around 8:30 and I was immediately transported back to high school. Refreshingly, these boys were not styled in any shape or form. Ezra Furman was wearing a t-shirt with Smiths lyrics written on it in marker. These punkish rockers with their honest, introspective lyrics and delightfully harassed melodies reminded me instantly of the Violent Femmes. Two songs in particular, I Wanna Be Ignored and Take Off Your Sunglasses made me wish (for the first time ever) that I was 16 again and living at home. That way I could blast the Harpoons, annoy my parents, and dream about moving out. If you want to get in touch with your inner teen rebel, give them a listen. (Story continued below gallery)