As we come to the end of January, it seems like 2011 is up and running. But even with everyone putting out a "best of" list, it's easy to overlook a few good bands. So before you start searching for the next big thing, check out these 3 that you might have missed...
If you haven't seen Freelance Whales in Chicago, you haven't been looking. The band played local venues 7 times in 2010 while supporting their debut album, Weathervanes. I caught them at the Metro last year as the opening act for Tokyo Police Club and immediately focused in on the instruments and layers they present. My favorite track is the hazy "Ghosting", but you really can't go wrong with anything on the album.
Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor
Freelance Whales | Myspace Music Videos
If you are wondering where all the women have gone, start listening to The Mynabirds. Laura Burhenn and a handful of guests made What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood a classic that ends up elegant and worn at the same time. Fans of Cat Power or Fiona Apple should take a listen to a voice that sounds as soulful as anything released in the last decade. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out Bright Eyes show, come early as Laura and company are the opening act.
Any band that uses a cow bell is fine by me. Free Energy released Stuck On Nothing last year and I just found it infectious. The same way you blast Cheap Trick every time it comes on the radio, these guys make fun rock. Upbeat and filled with enough power chords to turn any event into a party, press play and turn it up!