Saturday, April 2, 2016

Expanded live opportunities at Spacebar; live review of Boxing at the Zoo and Sherlok

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM


click to enlarge Boxing at the Zoo at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Boxing at the Zoo at Spacebar

There’s some new booking blood at Spacebar that may mean an infusion of live music into the Milk District. Although Happy Camper Booking has been one of the promoters doing shows at Spacebar for a while now, its principal has recently been put in charge of the bar’s calendar.

What’s more, the bar is making more dates available for bands. In addition to its usual musical Thursdays, Spacebar is looking to open up for live music on Mondays and Sundays, nights it’s usually closed. Got inquiries? Hit up

click to enlarge Boxing at the Zoo at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Boxing at the Zoo at Spacebar

In fact, Happy Camper’s recent local showcase (March 31) yielded a nice discovery in Boxing at the Zoo. Even though their melodies are sweet and sturdy enough to stand on their own, this is an indie-pop band that’s smart enough to shoot higher with some nice instrumental detail. But their greater virtue is the balance with which they handle it all, perking the brain enough to be interesting but upholding enough breeze and crispness to never get mired in fuss. The result is pleasingly dynamic guitar pop that sails above the fray.

click to enlarge Boxing at the Zoo at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Boxing at the Zoo at Spacebar

Starting the night was Orlando’s Sherlok. For only a duo, they have many moving pieces. The two players shuffled between guitar, bass, drums and electronics. If that looks like a lot, you should’ve heard it. It was a lot. Unfortunately, though, it was more a confetti of thoughts than a stream of full ideas.

Stylistically, they were an indiscriminate salad of indie folk, electronic and odd bits of noodly wankery. There was even a dash of Spaghetti Western at one point because, fuck it, why not, right? That lack of judiciousness even spread into their method, which seemingly made use of every effect at their disposal. They’re clearly still a developmental band, but maybe once they’re done playing with their toys they’ll focus on their songs. 

click to enlarge Sherlok at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Sherlok at Spacebar

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