It’s been a good few weeks for catching local music.
I first heard Pixie & the Partygrass Boys at last year’s Municipal Ballet performance of the Nutcracker. I was awestruck by their renditions of the classic Tchaikovsky score and I’m not being hyperbolic. They flawlessly put a bluegrass spin on the classical music and it was incredible.
I was excited when an event for their CD launch party popped up a few weeks ago. I’d never actually heard any of their original music but had a feeling I’d like basically anything they put out. And I was right. The lead singer’s voice is incredible, the whole band is lively (hence the sorta blurry picture), and the entire show was all sorts of feel-good. I mean, they have a song dedicated to vaginas. What’s not to love? I snagged a USB flash drive of their album and have been listening to it on repeat ever since.
And as if one new local band wasn’t enough to obsess over, I’ve officially got two.
I’ve been waiting to get my hands on some Oskar & Julia music for a minute. The first time I heard Oskar sing was nearly four years ago at a fashion launch party when he was in the band Mister Smith. I was blown away by his voice immediately and told him so, to which he responded by giving me one of their EPs. The music was so good. Unfortunately, the band broke up shortly after due to artistic differences. I bumped into Oskar at the Vox launch party about a year later (#SmallLakeCity) and he said he was working on a really cool project but wouldn’t spill any more details. Oskar & Julia was that project and it was worth the wait.
They call their music Sauce Rock, describing it as a “saucy, acoustic experience with harmonies reminiscent of how good music used to be.” That pretty much nails it, really. They played a small show at Urban Lounge last Friday so I had to check it out. I’ve had their song “All or Nothing” stuck in my head since the first time I heard it. Their chemistry comes out on stage and Julia’s voice is just as magnetic as Oskar’s. They sound like they were made for each other. I’m excited to see where these two go because I’m willing to bet they’re gonna be well-known sooner than later.
Do yourselves a favor and check both of these amazing local bands out. Damn, I love local music.