This is part three in a Scandinavian music series....
by Avi Roig
Funky Nashville's music is so completely misguided and awful, they might actually be worth seeing. The name alone should be enough to give you an idea of what they're about, but I'm happy to provide an mp3 (above) as further evidence.
Under Byen @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - March 6, 2007 (CRED)
Of all the bands on this list, Under Byen is by far the most unique and Scandinavian sounding. Miss this one and prepare to be ridiculed for the rest of the year by everyone who was smart enough to attend.
LISTEN: Junior Senior @ MySpace
Do you like fun? C'mon, Junior Senior should be a no-brainer.
DOWNLOAD: The Kissaway Trail - Smother + Evil = Hurt (MP3)
The Kissaway Trail is incredibly promising. Nobody does epic melancholy pop like the Scandinavians.
DOWNLOAD: Lack - Primo Levi (MP3)
They used to sound like Refused, but have since refined their sound to be one of the best forward-thinking, melodic post-hardcore bands on the planet. VERY recommended. It's just too bad Lack cancelled their scheduled SXSW appearance.
LISTEN Mew @ MySpace
DOWNLOAD: PowerSolo - Kat Nazer (Powersoul) (MP3)
PowerSolo - This video should be all I need to convince you:
UPDATE/ALERT: PowerSolo plays Pianos in NYC TONIGHT (3/13)
All tour dates for everyone below....
03/14 - KEXP "Live From The Austin City Limits" Show, Austin, TX
03/15 - Broooklynvegan.com Party @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
03/16 - "Under the Radar" Party, Austin, TX
03/17 - La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX w/Eisley, Polyphonic Spree
03/20 - Black Cat, Washington DC, Washington DC
03/22 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY
03/23 - Paradise, Boston, MA
03/26 - Mod Club, Toronto, Ontario
03/27 - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
03/28 - Double Door, Chicago, IL
03/31 - Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
04/02 - Neumo's, Seattle, WA
04/03 - Richard's on Richards's, Vancouver, BC
04/04 - Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
04/06 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
04/07 - The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
03/13 - Pianos, NYC
03/15 - Ryko Showcase, Friends Bar, Austin, TX
03/17 - Bubbling UP, Habana Calle, Austin, TX
03/17 - Exodus, Austin, TX
03/13 - Randy Bacon Gallery, Springfield, MO
03/14 - Opolis, Norman, OK
03/15 - Emo's, Austin, TX
03/18 - Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA
03/19 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
03/21 - Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
03/15 - Uncle Flirty's, Austin, TX
05/10 - The Viper Room, Los Angeles, CA
The Kissaway Trail
03/17 - Buffalo Billiards (Bella Union Showcase), Austin, TX