This weekend brings The Donkeys up from the far reaches of San Diego for a night in the city followed by one more in Santa Cruz at The Crepe Place. Last in the neighborhood in December at Starline, you can expect to hear more from the recent record Midnight Palms. The band rejoined Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart) in the studio for their fifth release. One new addition appeared in Steve Selvidge, also of the The Hold Steady, officially on duty wielding the axe. As usual, the new set of songs make for the ideal soundtrack for an afternoon cruising around, getting lost, and walking your way back out of some West Coast sand dunes.
Following the foursome up after a pair of SoCal shows is Dollie Barnes, who will open both Bay Area nights. Based in Houston and readying their debut for this spring, you can get an early start with two singles out now. Fronted by the dreamy vocals of Haley Barnes and strengthened by a five-strong indie rock crew, it’s hard to take the pair of tracks off repeat.
Sandwiched between the two will lead to local psychedelic reggae alchemists Extra Classic. The band has been putting some distance since the release of 2014’s Showcase, but thankfully tossed us a bone with last year’s “In This Life.” The reverb-soaked single is available as a 7″ from Names You Can Trust and features a more haunting dub mix.
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The Donkeys, Extra Classic, Dollie Barnes
January 28, 2017