Music, art, good beer… The Thursday Night Music Thing at the Museum of Contemporary Art had me at “music” but added in some trippy ass art and a selection of tasty brews from Stone for good measure. Hell yeah. Apparently the museum (in downtown San Diego) puts on a show once a month and I’ve been missing out. Now that I’m wise to it, I’ll be back.
The Howls started the night with their brand of country-tinged rock. These guys are growing on me and with their infectious energy and a well-rounded sound I’m certain I’m not the only one. Their quick set featured a couple of my favorite tunes “Weight” and “Revival.” Singer John Cooper’s voice is strikingly powerful when he’s belting out loud and wild notes with a grit to his voice. And he’s equally capable when singing softer, hushed verses. If you haven’t had a chance to check out what these dudes can do- check ’em on Spotify, download their disc ($10, seriously? killer deal), AND catch them in a couple of weeks with another of San Diego’s finest, Low Volts, at El Dorado on April 5. You can thank me later.
When Little Hurricane took to the unassuming little stage I might have done a happy dance whilst standing in the beer line (Levitation was calling my name). Despite some issues with microphones and eardrum-piercing feedback at one point, the duo still managed to kill it. Previewing a new song “Con Man” and playing fan favorites like “Crocodile Tears” the little band evoked big cheers. To put it simply, singer Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer Celeste “CC” Spina are a match made in music heaven. Their harmony on “Give ‘Em Hell” showcased both of their vocal skills and finished with each wailing on their instrument. CC can hit the shit out of a drum, for the record. The soulful set ranged from jamming rock tunes like “Homewrecker” and “Haunted Heart” to the sweet and gentle “Sweet Pea“. If you missed them, you’re in luck, they’ll be hitting the Casbah on April 28. Get on it.