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A Double Bill of Sallie Ford and Crooked Fingers at Rough Trade NYC

November 14th, 2014

Before going solo, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sallie Ford (vocals and guitar) fronted the retro-flavored Sound Outside. Eventually she just wanted to do something more contemporary and different, so she’s teamed up with Cristina Cano (keys), Anita Lee Elliott (bass) and Amanda Spring (drums). “I found my new band because I asked my friends in the [Portland, Ore.] music scene to suggest any cool female musicians they knew of to play with,” the big-voiced Ford told PopMatters. Under the name Sallie Ford (above performing “Coulda Been”), the foursome put out the full-length Slap Back (stream it below), produced by the Decemberists’ Chris Funk, a month ago. AllMusic says, “Slap Back sounds like a fresh and satisfying new beginning for Sallie Ford,” and Paste opines that the album “is a solid extension of Ford’s well-noted laissez-faire disposition, even while invoking equality empowerment with a quiver of raucous, garage-y rock tunes about love, sex and everything in between.”

Eric Bachmann (vocals and guitar) served as the Archers of Loaf frontman for most of the ’90s, but when they broke up near the turn of the century (they’ve since reunited), he shifted his efforts toward the solo project Crooked Fingers (above, playing “Bad Blood” live in studio for KEXP FM), trading in the former band’s edgy, noisy sound for something more melancholic. His sixth and most recent Crooked Fingers album, Breaks in the Armor (stream it below), came out in 2011. And it’s safe to say Consequence of Sound was impressed: “This is a set of dynamic, well paced and beautifully rendered rock music…. Bachmann’s voice is virtuosic here, soaring high above gorgeous, finger-picked acoustic guitar, screeching electrics, weighty piano, vital percussion, bells, chimes, static, muffled audio samples and lovely female backing vocals.” And tonight at Rough Trade NYC, Sallie Ford and Crooked Fingers team up for a terrific double bill. And the Kids, and their “accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music,” open the show.