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The Cactus Blossoms Keep Mercury Lounge Cool on a Hot Night

July 13th, 2017

The Cactus Blossoms – Mercury Lounge – July 12, 2017

Honky-tonk noir anyone? Well you’re in luck because Minnesotan brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum are serving up just what you’re craving as the Cactus Blossoms. They resemble a blend of vintage sibling pairs, with the harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the bittersweet waltz of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleep Walk.” It’s not surprising that the two made their national-TV debut on the recently rebooted Twin Peaks: The Return, playing the melancholic “Mississippi” as the third-episode outro. After a string of Midwestern dates opening for Jenny Lewis, the duo returned Stateside following a quick European tour to grace Mercury Lounge with a late-night session on Thursday.

Playing to a sold-out crowd, Torrey hit the stage last apologizing for the late start as he was locked in the bathroom. Thankfully freed, the reunion produced an evening of sweet Southern charm as the Cactus Blossoms played a large portion of their debut full-length album, You’re Dreaming. The title track had the crowd soaring to the brothers’ harmonies, followed by the eerily haunting track featured on Twin Peaks. Drummer Alex Hall literally wheeled up to the stage with suitcase in hand to relieve his stand-in, Grant. Turns out Hall’s flight had been delayed 12 hours. But the consummate professionals rolled with the punches, noting that as musicians, it’s rare when things go as planned.

The Cactus Blossoms treated devoted fans to cuts from their back catalog, including the farewell tune, “Adios Maria,” which was less about a woman and more about parting with a place. After a new song, they covered the Kinks“Who’ll Be Next in Line,” paying homage to a fellow sibling pair, and dedicated “Happy Man on a Gloomy Day” to an unfortunately canceled Spain show. A previously requested “Spotlight Kisses” was happily applauded, and the country waltz of “Powder Blue” had everyone in the room swaying in delight. With the encore imminent, Torrey announced it was “too hot to rock,” instead concluding the evening with a slow one, “Travelers Paradise.” It was a fitting adieu on a steamy night. —Sharlene Chiu



A Double Shot of New Music from Twin Peaks in NYC Next Week

May 20th, 2016

Upbeat, energetic garage-punk outfit Twin Peaks—Cadien Lake James (vocals and guitar), Clay Frankel (vocals and guitar), Jack Dolan (vocals and bass), Colin Croom (keys and vocals) and Connor Brodner (drums)—just released their third studio LP, Down in Heaven (stream it below), last week. Pitchfork calls it “a casual, charmingly low-key set of kitchen-table blues, slow-dance serenades and unplugged power pop.” And the Line of Best Fit calls the band “not just one of the most exciting young bands in the Chicago music scene, but in the entire rock landscape.” Touring behind the new tunes, Twin Peaks (above, doing “Butterfly” at their album-release party) return to New York City next week to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday and The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday. A pair of other Chicago acts, NE-HI and Jimmy Whispers, open each shows.


Twin Peaks – Mercury Lounge – August 13, 2014

August 14th, 2014

Twin Peaks - Mercury Lounge - August 13, 2014

Photos courtesy of Ahron Foster | ahronfoster.com


Twin Peaks Bring New Tunes to Mercury Lounge Tomorrow Night

August 12th, 2014

While it might often feel like most young, up-and-coming groups play electronic music or skew toward the New Age of folk, some bands just want to rock, and thankfully Twin Peaks are one of them. Stereogum recently proclaimed them a Band to Watch, and NME labeled them “Chicago’s most promising new band.” The four guys in the reverb-loving garage-rock outfit—Cadien Lake James (vocals and guitar), Connor Brodner (drums), Jack Dolan (vocals and bass) and Clay Frankel (vocals and guitar)—have known one another since elementary school. And they bill themselves as “four doods, gnarly ’tudes, total hunks, play to drunks” influenced by David Bowie and Marc Bolan. “You know, rock and roll still rocks on. Just because we all have computers and anybody can listen to anything, people are still digging back and finding the good shit on their computers. And they’re like, ‘Oh, the good shit has got some real instruments and shit.’ Not that synthesizers don’t have their place, but I like real instruments,” James told Stereogum. Twin Peaks (above, doing “Irene” live in studio for KEXP FM) put out their debut album, the lo-fi Sunken (stream it below), last year, and per Pitchfork, “Sunken is less than 20 minutes long, but it packs a lot of cooler and verve into that blink of an eye.” The quartet returned this year with the just-released Wild Onion (stream it below). And Consequence of Sound weighed in with a ringing endorsement: “The lesson here might be to never judge a band by its age. With just two records to their credit, Twin Peaks are quieting dissenters who might have thought they were too young or too brash to use the riches of ’60s and ’70s sounds to their scrappy advantage. Rather than a barrier, the band’s youthfulness might be their biggest weapon. They’ve (hopefully) got years ahead of them still, and listening to Wild Onion just makes you hungry to see what else they have in store.” See Twin Peaks play Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. Another Chicago band, the Lemons, open the show.


Twin Peaks Take Over Our Instagram Next Week

July 22nd, 2014

THIS IS GOING TO GET WEIRD: Twin Peaks are taking over our Instagram on 7/30. Make sure you’re following @bowerypresents to catch the absurdity as it unfolds.
Needless to say, we’re at least a little bit concerned.

(Twin Peaks play Mercury Lounge on 8/13.)


Born Ruffians Play Music Hall of Williamsburg with Twin Peaks

November 6th, 2013

Born Ruffians (above, performing “6-500”) began as a rock trio in Midland, Ont., with Luke Lalonde on vocals and guitar, Mitch Derosier on bass and Steve Hamelin on drums. But they’d moved to Toronto by the time their debut full-length, Red, Yellow & Blue, arrived in 2008 to much acclaim. In mentioning its “witty wordplay and jingle-jangle joy,” Pitchfork called the album one of the “year’s most engaging and endearing indie-rock debuts.” Their follow-up, 2010’s Say It, was  more spare. But with the addition of Andy Lloyd (guitar and keys) for this year’s Birthmarks (stream it below), Born Ruffians’ sound is fuller and more nuanced. See them tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, when they’ll be joined by Chicago four-piece Twin Peaks and their fuzzy rock and roll.


Up-and-Comers Twin Peaks Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge

October 2nd, 2013

When Cadien Lake James, Clay Frankel, Connor Brodner and Jack Dolan finished high school they intended to break up their band, Twin Peaks, and go off to college. But upon the release of their debut LP, Sunken (stream it below)—filled with fuzzy rock and roll and since rereleased on Aquarium Drunkard’s Autumn Tone Records—in the summer of 2012, the quartet headed out on the road, and things clicked, not just within the band, but also with crowds won over by the high-energy Twin Peaks (above, doing “Sunken” for Baeble Music) live shows. So they scrapped plans to scrap the band and are touring the country, which brings them to New York City to play the late show tonight at Mercury Lounge.