Wooden Indian - Crescent Ballroom - 1/10/13

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Petty Things opened the night with a garage rock feel. The band is fronted by Jordan Owen and has Wooden Indian bass player Austin Owen on the drums. They played both songs off their split cassette with Playboy Manbaby, "Run Angel Run," and "She's the One," and were joined by Wooden Indian guitarist Douglas James for their final two tracks.

DJentrification took over during all the breaks in music, playing uptempo world-beat tracks from a table set up in the all ages section while wearing a spectacularly colorful patchwork jacket. His short sets were half DJ set and half musical education as he talked about the local, national, and international hits he was spinning, and he even gave away some of his record collection at one point.

The Austin Owen-fronted Los Puchos took the stage second with Owen in a turban and aviator sunglasses. The band also features Jordan Owen, as well as Douglas James, who was decked out in a shiny cape, and two female backup singer and auxiliary percussionists.

Their sound also leaned more toward garage rock, and it seemed as though all their songs were titled after females. Before they began playing, Owen asked if there were any Victorias in the house before going into their track "Victoria." Los Puchos started quite a few songs in that same way, including "Joanne," which did merit some audience responses. "Sophie," too -- but the only response there was from Phoenix musician Andrew Jemsek.

Owen really opened up while fronting Los Puchos, and took his duties as frontman as a call to act completely erratically. He danced around the stage, spent a significant amount of time on his knees, and even managed to lose his shirt by the end of his set.

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Jeff Moses
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