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LAist Interview: Alex & Sam, Tangier's February Residency

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Samantha Sidley and Alex Silverman at their Silver Lake rehearsal space | Photo via their MySpace page

Alex & Sam may be a duo in title, but their fairly large band, sometimes up to twelve-members on stage, is quite a force of music that just puts a smile on your face. You can't really corner them into a jazz-blues rock or straight rock category. All we can say is that on stage, they've got it going and they are making their way to becoming a household name in Los Angeles.

Nationally, they've been getting help from a little show called American Idol, where Samantha Sidley "made it to Hollywood" after an auditioning in an oddly humorous moment where Ryan Seacrest swapped roles with Paula Abdul (see video here). Richard Rushfield of LA Times' Show Tracker blog declared Sam the show's new front-runner, even though he knows "it is impossible for an L.A. native to win" (his assertion was proven when Sidley did not make the top 24) And Entertainment Weekly said Sam is a "demure beauty...If, as we suspect, she's more than a Norah Jones copycat, she's one to watch."

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This interview is about getting to know Alex & Sam beyond the popular reality TV show on FOX. They play every Sunday night this month (10 p.m./$10) at Tangier in Los Feliz for a residency (a listing of all February music residencies can be found here). Listen and learn about them below and make sure to catch the band live this Sunday.