Mail The Horse @ Songbyrd Music House - 6/17/16

Mail The Horse @ Songbyrd Music House - 6/17/16

Mail the Horse loves to jam. Mail the Horse loves to rock. Mail the Horse loves to have fun on stage and show off their musical chops. And to promote their latest EP, Magnolia, Mail the Horse has embarked on a tour that made its first stop at Songbyrd. The band isn’t one for spectacle – instead, they impress by showing their dedication to the ideals of 60s and 70s rock/Americana.

Part of the appeal of the band is the interplay between its members. Keyboardist Michael Hesslein breezed through songs, taking lead vocals and occasionally getting up to play some guitar with the rest of the band. Guitarist Donny Amidon shared in vocal duties, but mainly stood stage right deep concentration on his guitar. Bass player Brendan showed the most emotion of the band, laughing and beaming his way through the set. 

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray - "Magnolia"

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray - "Magnolia"

Sounds Like

Cowboy Junkies; Caitlin Cary; Sneaky egg shakers; Four part harmonies that don’t just work…they kill.

Why You Should Care:

With last year’s Lean Into The Wind, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray raised enough of a ruckus that Chicago music critic and Sound Opinions host Greg Kot took notice, citing them as not only one of 2014’s buried treasures, but including their song “Blue Dream” on his 2014 mixtape of best songs of the year. Now the California-based quartet which, besides it’s namesakes features DC stalwarts Ben Tufts and Derek Evry is out to impress another group of music luminaries with their new track “Magnolia” as a submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest.

REVIEW: Aimee Mann - Charmer

Her first release since 2008, Charmer is Aimee Mann's eighth studio album, her third record with producer Paul Bryan and sixth out on SuperEgo, who she turned to in 2000 when Geffen didn't think Bachelor No. 2 or Last Remains Of The Dodo could pull its weight (looks like the joke was on them.) If you're not familiar with Aimee Mann now might be the time to tell you that her songwriting isn't all sunshine and flowers. Known for her honesty and ability to find the darker side of your imagination, Mann is atypical and sure of herself. She is proud and consistent in her records, and in addition to being an Oscar Nominated songwriter – her song "Save Me" was essentially the theme of Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 film, Magnolia -  she has the distinction of having an entire episode of Portlandia dedicated to her and her music.

One listen to Charmer and it’s clear that Mann’s knack for songwriting has barely faded through the years. She knows how to write an unusual hook (see the track "Labrador") and as the title track demonstrates, she knows how to get it stuck in your head. Her use of long pauses and extended syllables all but guarantee you'll find yourself humming the song at the grocery store, cooking or simply walking down the street. Those "Oo-ee-Oooh's" WILL get you every time.