Monday, September 09, 2013

Show Preview: On An On, The Love Language @ Soda Bar Thursday September 12, 2013

While the San Diego Music Thing has a kickoff show with New Politics at the Casbah this Thursday, Soda Bar is presenting a quality show of its own the same night. Headlining will be Midwestern trio On An On, fronted by keyboardist Alissa Ricci and her two band mates Nate Eisland and Ryne Estwing. Splitting time between Chicago and Minneapolis has kept the band busy since releasing Give In this past January. Their sound is rooted in dream/synth pop with songs which are easy to dance to. I had the opportunity to watch them perform live at the House of Blues earlier this year. It will be great to see them play an extended set this time.

It has been three years since we last heard from The Love Language, Stuart McLamb's indie pop project. Apparently, much of the time was spent recording the band's latest album Ruby Red. Some new band members have joined for touring and a host of collaborators were utilized for recording, yet one fact remains evident: this is McLamb's project, plain and simple. There is much to like about the new album, so more might translate to actually being more. This is lush indie pop music. The listener and critics are always the judge and jury in such matters. It should be interesting to see the band perform the new songs at the intimate City Heights venue.

Be sure to arrive early for L.A. indie rockers Hands. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.

Watch a video of  The Hunter from On An On below.

Watch a video of Calm Down from The Love Language below.

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