Thursday, March 5, 2009

Smile Brigade show preview in THE STRANGER

Smile Brigade
(Full Tilt Ice Cream) The idea of a rock-and-roll show at an ice-cream parlor is appealing, no matter who the band is—I could probably have a really good time with a cone of rocky road and A Flock of Seagulls, for instance—but Smile Brigade's particular ghostly folk-rock (accordions have been known to figure in) should make for a really weird contrast with Full Tilt Ice Cream. The Brigade are not afraid of a good guitar riff, but the nontraditional venue could delightfully highlight the band's more intimate old-world European (downright Mirah-like) songwriting skills. PAUL CONSTANT


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