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Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday's Pick: Admiral Radley, Sea of Beas, Built Like Alaska

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 7:09 AM

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Admiral Radley

Sea of Beas

Built Like Alaska

Bottom of the Hill

10 p.m., $12-$14

Admiral Radley is an indie-rock Minotaur, bringing together the talents of Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch (of the dearly departed Grandaddy) with Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray. The project started casually five or six years ago, but Lytle says that Admiral Radley has quickly taken on a much more significant role in his life. "I had full intentions of this being nothing but a side project, if even that, but the outside interest of others has made it to where I am spending more time on it. At this point, though, we have no intention of making any more records, but who knows?" As its name implies, the band's debut album, I Heart California, focuses its attention on the band members' home state, which the quartet has been traversing over the past couple of weeks (with a few Pacific Northwest dates tossed in). The quirk-pop road show comes to Bottom of the Hill tonight, then heads off the next day toward Grandaddy's former HQ of Modesto for a show in a barn in nearby Escalon. Yes, you read that right -- and the $15 donation includes dinner. "The tour has been going great: lots of laughs, lots of side trips, and a little bit of sociable drinking," says Lytle. "The barn party was a wild idea that came out of trying to find a fun way to return to the old hometown. Aaron Burtch's other band [The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit] is going to play, and we're going to eat barbeque in a field." After hitting parts of the rest of the country next month, Admiral Radley will hook up with Band of Horses, whose tour comes to the Greek Theatre on Sept. 24.

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