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Monday, February 8, 2010

Over the Weekend: The Blank Tapes, Leopold and His Fiction, The Lonely H

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The talented Leopold and His Fiction stole the Blank Tapes' thunder. The local three-piece has more energy and soul on stage than I've seen in a long time. Working double-time, the members played at least two instruments each to create a fast-paced, full sound. Lead singer Daniel James has a soulful, powerful voice that keeps your attention. His songs tell stories about growing up, women, booze, and living in a small town. He forced the crowd to come closer to the stage at the beginning of the set, and by the end he had half the room dancing.

Next up were the fresh-faced kids of The Lonely H. The Port Angeles, WA boys are keeping '70s blues-rock alive--a common thread in recent music coming out of the Pacific Northwest. The Lonely H's lyrics stuck with the common themes of the night (women and booze) in addition to narratives about living in a small town. I was immediately impressed by 6'5" frontman Mark Fredson, the lead singer and keyboardist who can't be more than 24. He has the scratchy, pained voice of a man at least twice his age, and he's likely a good part of the reason the Lonely H were chosen to open for the Allman Brothers last year.

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Between Leopold and His Fiction and The Lonely H, there was a lot of fabulous hair going on. I was a bit jealous.

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