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San Francisco’s Tommy Boys are a brand new band of three (Robbie + Daren + Tyler -- just first names, please -- like Prince... or Madonna…. or Steve) that play some of the catchiest twinkle emo pop punk you will hear this year. And considering it’s only February* that’s a pretty bold statement and one I have no intention of backing down from come December.
(*I almost immediately outdated this band profile by being so specific about when it was written - why do I fucking always sabotage my own shit like that.)
Tommy Boys weren't even in our vast Oh My Rockness database until I just added them to write this very thing you're reading now. That means they haven't played a show in NYC or Chicago or Los Angeles yet (that we knew about) and therefore they represent a wonderful opportunity for you to get in on the ground floor of goodness. Tell your friends about Tommy Boys now so you may brag about it later. "I totally started liking those guys wayyyyyy back on February 16th, 2015, NBD."
The band just released their self-titled full-length debut - January 27th, 2015 since we're piling on the extra specific information extra thick for this profile, so why stop now - and it is nine tracks of pure pop delight. I have listened to it several times in a row….. by CHOICE. Why do I like it so? Well, singer/bassist Robbie has a really good clear emo voice that's always on point, Daren’s pretty guitar noodles with the best of today’s twinklers (and even 1997’s too), and Tyler’s drumming helps keep things nice, concise and super fucking tight. That's why.
Go ahead and stream the whole super solid 27 minute album below (rough time estimate - I eyeballed it). Not only am I feeling pretty confident you’ll like it (unless you don’t like pop, in which case I prefer not to do business with a sick and twisted monster) but I’m also betting heavy you’ll listen to it multiple times on several occasions…. by CHOICE, man. So press play and turn that shit up.
This final week of February brings some stellar shows and if you decide to do what’s right and go to one of these (or maybe even a few) we’re pretty sure you will never feel anything remotely resembling unhappiness ever again in your entire life. So help me blob.
Let’s start with something good that doesn’t cost money. Soaring euphoric big time radio friendly popsters The Airborne Toxic Event play a FREE show at Amoeba Records which means you’ll have money to spend on records. You see? Everybody wins. Long live commerce.
Dan Snaith aka Manitoba aka Caribou plays three shows at The Fonda this week. Recommended if you like big time chill beats that sometimes swing sexy. There will be visuals. So make sure you prep beforehand if you know what I mean, mannnnnn. See you on Mars.
It’s impossible NOT to have fun at a Dan Deacon show (unless you just so happen to be bringing your own heavy shit that even a triumphant party can’t seem to shake). This show will be a JOYFUL EXPERIENCE so dance like nobody cares because nobody does.
Two good bands - one low price. Cleveland sunshine popsters The Sidekicks (think early Built to Spill meets the good Band of Horses album) plays Jewels Catch One with super solid Philly lo-fi pop emo band Cayetana. You will leave singing along to both. Bet.
Oh yeah? Well this one has THREE good bands - one low price. Olympia fuzz grunge heroes Milk Music + Brooklyn’s Nude Beach (Replacements-esque?) + the raw power of Phoenix’s Destruction Unit team up for a loud, raucous, and 100000% fun evening. Bring earplugs and nobody gets hurt.