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March 15, 2011

Bring Your Dancing Shoes: Girl Talk Tonight at Showbox SoDo

If you’re in the mood for something a little more “sampley” tonight, you’re in luck.

Girl Talk can be very polarizing. People seem to either love him (and we do mean love), or they seem to utterly loathe him. Those in the camp of loathing argue that Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) is simply capitalizing on the work of other artists. Those who love him mostly just like to dance. We’re somewhere in the middle.

Sure, the guy is pretty much a glamorized DJ, however there’s something different about Gregg. He has the most finely tuned ear for mashups that we’ve ever heard. To recognize all the different samples he uses in his frankensteined masterpieces, you have to be familiar with a wide range of different music, from hip hop to classic rock to punk to R&B to funk to modern day alt rock. Girl Talk breaks boundaries between different musical genres and turns all of our culture’s music into one giant dance party. And we suppose that is something to appreciate.

3/15 Girl Talk/Max Tundra/Junk Culture at Showbox SoDo :: Doors at 7:00 PM :: Tickets are SOLD OUT :: All ages

March 15, 2011

Get Bluegrassy with Punch Brothers Tonight at Showbox Market

Bluegrass' new hope

The banjo has always been one of our favorite instruments, however the banjo is being featured in unusual genres these days. The banjo was really made for one musical category – the banjo’s destiny you could say – and that, friends, is bluegrass.

We’re not talking about your grandfather’s knee-slapping ditties. We’re talking about Punch Brothers, bluegrass’ young, dashing and incredibly talented new hope. There was a bluegrass revival in the early 2000s (think early Sufjan and the like) but the Punch Brothers command a double take at the genre. While the banjo is front and center, Punch Brothers also feature the fiddle, the upright bass, the mandolin and all our other favorite stringed instruments. Their repertoire ranges from melodic and medieval to rollicking and lively, and their shows almost guarantee there won’t be a toe that isn’t tapping in the whole venue. Even the Soggy Bottom Boys would be smiling.

3/15 Punch Brothers/Joshua Morrison :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $25 at the door :: 21+

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