Go See Smith Westerns Play Next Tuesday

January 27th, 2012

In the past couple of years the ridiculously young guys in the band Smith Westerns have nailed the lush, dreamy sounds of Ziggy Stardust Bowie way beyond their age. They grew up in Chicago, not known for its glam scene. Nonetheless, they built on the strong, albeit fuzzy, foundation of their self-titled debut and have since delivered a fully formed and blindingly gleaming second album, Dye It Blonde. In the process, they traded a lo-fi, distanced sound for lush instrumentation without relying on glam’s historically theatrical getup. But don’t just take our word on it—discover for yourself. Check out Smith Westerns, above, doing “Weekend” for KEXP FM and then go see them play live at Webster Hall next Tuesday. —Jason Dean