Friday, April 19, 2013

International Pop Overthrow - Saturday Afternoon Preview


At least the dog’s cute. Photo from The Uglies Facebook page.

As Cubs great Ernie Banks used to say back in the 1960s after the team had won a baseball game on a summer afternoon, “Let’s play two!” International Pop Overthrow has double headers scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, and next Saturday, April 27th. The full schedule, with links to every artist, can be viewed on the International Pop Overthrow website. 


The artists booked for the early showcase tomorrow have the misfortune of going up against Record Store Day. But it’s a worthy lineup of coed bands, a singer-songwriter, and two well-traveled veterans.

The German Art Students hail from Madison Wisconsin instead of Germany, and their music has been described as “nimble-witted new wave pop.” The trio has a female vocalist, and its influences run through punk, pop, and new wave.

Singer-songwriter Kirby Kaiser takes a vintage approach, citing Amy Winehouse, The Beach Boys, and Lesley Gore as influences. She has self-produced and self-released a CD.

The Uglies are a quartet fronted by a female lead vocalist who isn’t, and play vintage blues, along with garage and indie rock.

Torch Singer is a multi-cultural six-piece band comprised of four men and two women. They play indie, pop, and mainstream rock.

Dave Rave’s musical background is quite impressive and he definitely holds the record for logging the most IPO appearances. Pretty much any place IPO founder David Bash has taken this festival, Dave Rave has gone along. He’s originally from New York, is a renowned session musician, and was a member of Teenage Head.

If anyone comes close to rivaling  Dave Rave’s IPO attendance record, it’s the singer-guitarist known simply as Jeremy. He draws inspiration from the 1960s and has released several CDs on his own Jam label. Jeremy can always be counted on for some extensive jamming during his live performances.

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