6th Annual Valley of the Vapors: Night Four (Saturday) | Rock Candy

6th Annual Valley of the Vapors: Night Four (Saturday)


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The twang of VOV’s opening night with Lucero and Tumbledown is returning Saturday night, this time with a bit more of the experimental edge that defines the Hot Springs festival.

Lineup after the jump.

Opening the day at 4 p.m. is Andrew Bryant, a southern-not-country crooner hailing small-town Mississippi plays slow anthemic compositions that straddle the line between Sparklehorse and, well, The See.

Red Pony Clock, up next, is a dirty mouthed ten-piece fronted by the Saucedo brothers; I suspect they have a lot of well-loved Magnetic Fields and mariachi records sprawled across their practice space.

Theodore, a band on the brink of buzzing hard enough to be a quote-unquote Buzz Band jumps back and forth from backporch rock to lush slowcore; their act starts at 6 p.m.

Fayetteville’s Cletus Got Shot sports lightning fast licks, tight harmonies, a cover of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song and plays what can only be described as party bluegrass.

Projexorcism is…hmm. Projexorcism is this weird thing where a guy controls eight old, 16mm projectors and does crazy stuff with it while the band does improvised ambience. Either way, I’m really looking forward to it.

The band with the second best obscure reference of a name, The Bitter Tears from Chicago dress up in wigs and dresses and play subversive, hilarious vaudevillian music. Sample lyric: “I looked at everything Alan Moore had to say on Youtube and I decided to be a magician, too.” Sample reaction to their music: "The Bitter Tears are one of the few remaining bands capable of confusing me. They're incredible." Who said it? Steve Al-freakin’-bini. It’s some weird, wild shit, y’all.

And last is the band with the best obscure reference of a name, Frown Pow’r. Surprise! It’s me and the guys. Could be great, could be terrible. But, y’know, that’s our schtick. You can, however, be assured our guitarist is going to play human airplane all over the stage and I’ll make really gross, contracted faces a whole lot without knowing it.

If you’re not into that kind of stuff, Maxine’s is holding court again at 9:30 p.m. with Mountain Sprout’s hairy, hell-raising road warriors (they play 250 shows a year!), specializing in old-school bluegrass country songs sporting titles like “Screw the Government,” “Whiskey Church of the Green Bud” and lyrics like “I like tokin’ in the woods while waitin’ for my eight-point.” Hippybillies, no doubt.

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