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The Greenhornes Rock Amoeba Records

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In our ongoing quest to provide coverage of the best free gigs around town, LAist stopped by Amoeba Records last night to sample the amplified sounds of The Greenhornes.

This Cincinnati-based band is opening for The White Stripes this summer. Classic rock underpinnings make them a smart match for the Stripes. Although they draw inspiration from 70s bands like The Byrds and The Kinks, The Greenhornes have their own unique sound and stage presence.

Formerly a quintet, the [now] leaner trio is fronted by Craig Fox, who was a bit shy and awkward last night. His looks belied his vocals - which were passionate and, at times, raw. Drummer Patrick Keeler provided much of the punch for the songs. Although our view was obstructed, bassist Jack Lawrence's contributions were not overlooked. He helped fill out the sound and give the band it's vintage 70s feel.