concert review: Magnolia Electric Co., The Watson Twins @ Lee's Palace (Toronto, Ontario), October 5, 2007
Last Friday night Bloomington, Indiana's Magnolia Electric Co. returned to Lee's Palace in promotion of their release, the "Sojourner" boxset. Lead vocalist was newly sporting more length in his hair, a moustache and a cowboy hat with a red bandana around his neck and he looked positively like a cowboy. I had no idea that was him when he walked by me just before the set got underway. Since seeing the band for the first time live back in March 2006, I'm no further along becoming a bigger fan of their music. Their country/rootsy rock-isms are not unlike Neil Young and I'd figure that'd be more than enough of a draw but somehow the tunes weren't connecting with me.
On the other hand, openers Los Angeles The Watson Twins were positively beguiling, and not just because they were two tall cool drinks of water, for a matter of better phrase. With an EP "Southern Manners" under their belts which the gals and their band performed songs off plus an interesting set-closer in their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" it was a good showcase for the gals beautiful vocals and harmonies. Having performed as backing vocalists for Jenny Lewis' country-pop solo project, the girls were adept at that sound("Southern Manners") as they were towards a radio-friendly adult-contemporary pop sound("Darlin' Song"). Great set.
Photos over at Flickr.
MySpace: Magnolia Electric Co.
MySpace: The Watson Twins