Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun
Here’s where the name originated: After Neil Armstrong took those famous first steps on la lune, and uttered the line about “one small step for man,” some satirical writer wondered what a dumb person would have said, in Armstrong’s place.
In the article, the adventurer – it was a very un–PC time, and he was referred to as a “Polack” – stood on the lunar surface and proclaimed: “Today the moon, tomorrow the sun!”
It actually doesn’t have much relevance to this four–member electro–pop band from Atlanta, except for the fact that – if you read their reviews – they’re bound for someplace hot.
TTM, TTS plays a wonderfully eclectic brand of melodic, hypnotic pop, with elements of electronica and flourishes of spiky punk. Bright–eyed vocalist Lauren Gibson’s twee, little–girl voice floats through the misty clouds of music like a homeroom daydream.
It’s a family affair for Gibson and company: Her husband Cregg is the band’s guitarist; her best friend Micah Silverman plays bass. Drummer Jeremy Cole was in several earlier bands with Silverman.
Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun received an Editor’s Pick from Flagpole Magazine, and Ohm Park named them one of the Best Bands of 2008. And the band was featured on Comcast Bands on Demand in 2007.
It’s ‘90s dance–pop, more than a bit like Canada’s Metric, with a hint (but just a hint) of B–52’s.
Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/todaythemoontomorrowthesun. At 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.
One important thing that bands tend to forget is melody. Sure, it's cool to get up onstage and make noise, jump around and play random riffs, but if there's no melody, your audience - especially those people who aren't just brain-dead dancers - will lose interest, and respect, quickly. Atlanta's Stokeswood seems to understand this; I hear a lot of Radiohead in their music, a little Coldplay and a spot o' U2, and the songs are based on melody (and lyrics) more than cool riffing or spacey weirdness. Lead singer Adam Patterson isn't afraid to power-strum an acoustic guitar when the song calls for it, and the band plays with an infectious energy and appealing immediacy. Highly recommended. Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/stokeswood. At 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 (with Jungol) at the Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Free.
Guitarists Brian Vanderwerf and Jesse Tomlinson front this high-energy rock ‘n' roll powerhouse from Minneapolis - a city that takes its music very, very seriously. With a full horn section and a cache of soul-driven, jazz-infused Twin Cities electro-tunes. "We get a lot of comparisons to 70s rock, but I think we have more of an R&B thing going on," Vanderwerf says. "Jesse is an amazing guitarist, and he is writing all the time. Shawn, our drummer, likes more aggressive stuff, like punk rock and weird two-piece metal. And I'm a huge Stones fan, so I'm sure that comes through. But most good rock and roll is loud and fast." Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/chooglinband. At 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
The Shane Pruitt Band
Young Master Pruitt, he of the stinging blues guitar, has been voted "Instrumentalist of the Year" for seven straight in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C. He's a fiery fretman with a solid support band that includes - on the Hammond B3 organ, no less - Jimmy Peterman, a founding member of the Steve Miller Band, with Mr. Miller and Boz Scaggs. Drummer Bill Fletcher is a "pocket-player" (essential for tight blues drummers) who spent several years, with Peterman, in Cocktail Frank. Listen & learn: s.www.myspace.com/shanepruitt. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St.