Sometimes you just need to see a little live music on a Friday night, and without much on the concert schedule this weekend (The Music of Led Zeppelin - A Rock Symphony! Smashmouth!) I found myself at Chyro Arts in Scottsdale to see San Diego's Long Live Logos. Turns out, they played a delighful set at the art space/dry concert venue for a chilled out crowd that made itself cozy on the room's couches while the band shared their brand of slick, mellow, piano-pop.
The four-piece might not have a lot of buzz right now, but I hear a lot of potential in their songs. "Let's Kiss Again" starts off with playfully off-kilter vocals and the "all bad things come to an end" refrain seems legitimately epic when it hits. Near the end they borrow a few lines of Burt Bacharach's "What The World Needs Now," which lends it a familiar, immediately endearing quality. "Give Us Hope," sounded particularly great live, as did the synthy "Little Monster and Me," the title track of the band's EP. "I Told You Not To Go There," sounds like a Grey's Anatormy soundtrack song -- I mean that as a compliment -- as Simple Minds-style keys introduce the piece, which broods as it builds to a triumphant chorus. The "dayooo, dayooo" at the close provides, perhaps, the first evidence that last year's much-hyped, Vampire Weekend-led Afro-pop trend had some lasting influence.
Last Night: Long Live Logos at Chyro Arts
Better Than: Standing outside the darkened Marquee Theatre waiting for a Jim Jones show that'll never happen.
Personal Bias: I'm a sucker for pianos.
Random Detail: It was promoter (and Up on the Sun contributor) Psyko Steve's birthday. Happy birthday, dude!
Further Listening: There weren't many bands worth listening to in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I lived for two plus years before moving to the Valley, but Shapiro was a notable exception. If you like Long Live Logos, you'd probably dig them too.
By the Way: I've gotta respect the LLL singer Danny's attempt at crowd banter, even if the only thing he could see from the stage, other than a bunch of kids on couches, was me taking the above picture with my iPhone. Not a lot to work with there, but he did his best.
One More Thing: I ran in to a couple guys from Black Carl at the show and they hooked me up with a copy of their just-released full-legth. Look for a review of that soon. By the way, they play the art walk in Scottsdale tonight.