Live Picks: 09.22.2011 – 09.28.2011

09.22: Vapo-Rats + The Riffs + The Unnaturals – 12 Bar

09.23: Big History + King Rey + Baby Bee – Eiffel Society

When local rock band King Rey took the stage at One Eyed Jacks to close out last year’s New Orleans Indie Rock Festival, they were sandwiched on the bill between Big History and Empress Hotel – acts that were, for all intents and purposes, much more sought-after in the New Orleans indie rock world. But as King Rey’s surprisingly realized hodgepodge of seemingly disparate genres proceeded to subtly steal the show that night, they proved to be one of the great wild cards of the city’s musical landscape. Their humbly forthright presentation is belied by a meticulous meld of psychedelic steeped classic rock and a soulful brand of electric doo-wop that harkens back to the early hit-makers at Stax records.

After a first half of 2011 that found King Rey relatively quiet on the live front, they popped up again in July with the Street Friends EP. An impressively produced debut for the band, it manages to perfectly convey the anomalous genre and decade leanings that they so effortlessly jump between in a live setting. However, even though Kyle Richie, Christopher Evans, Brad Stire, and Trey and Matthew Cloutier pride themselves on their heavily collaborative songwriting process, King Rey somehow brilliantly avoids the usual complications of so much intertwined influence: whether they’re riffing on Veltones-esque vocal harmonies or throwing around some Soft Bulletin-era acid effects, King Rey never come off sounding unfocused, too cutesy or overly serious.

Back with their friends in Big History and joined by fuzzy rock n’ roll two-piece Baby Bee, King Rey is giving concertgoers who may not otherwise have many reasons to step foot inside Eiffel Society a good excuse to check out what is truly a stunning event space.

MP3: King Rey: “My Only One”

09.24: Fat History Month + Chris Rehm + Habitat – Hey! Cafe

09.25: ANR + Ben Jones – Hi-Ho Lounge

09.26: Peter Bjorn & John + Dinosaur Feathers – One Eyed Jacks

09.27: The Capitalist Kids + Marathon + Adults – Siberia

09.28: Explosions in the Sky + Wye Oak – Tipitina’s

Check out our New Orleans Music Calendar for a full slate of constantly updated live picks


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