Last night at the 138 Listening Lounge

My friend Maureen invited Tim and me to join her at the 138 Listening Lounge last night–it’s a musical performance at somebody’s home, where the listeners tend to be quiet and attentive. It’s nice for people like me who dislike crowds–while there are a lot of peopel in a small space, you’re not packed into a club where people you don’t know keep bumping into you and spilling beer down your leg. You’re in somoen’s house, which creates a greater sense of both intimacy and courtesy.

Tom, Maureen’s other half, caters the eventt and he makes fantastic food, so we knew no matter what, at least we’d enjoy delicious something or other. We got there early to help Tom bring in the food and got to hear the sound check. The same crew that does the Listening Lounge also has a program called 1 band 1 brand, where subscribers sign up for weekly emails telling them about a new band and a new clothing brand…a very cool partnership. But I digress.

Last night’s band: Pearl and the Beard.

Tim and I are both completely crushed out.

Not just with their music, which is this cool rootsy indie rock with killer harmonies, but the band members as well. They were fun, articulate, genuine, cool people. The kind of people you can instantly joke with and who hug you even though you’ve just met. You know what I mean. Very good stuff. Here’s a video. Enjoy.

When you’re done watching that, check out the video for Hot Volcano, where you can hear Emily’s fantastic cello playing and see Jocelyn on the kazoo. Jeremy’s voice fits perfectly with the women’s…haunting.

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