(guest preview by Sofia)
The Oklahoma-born JD McPherson knows how to channel the rock & roll, R&B, and rockabilly sound of the 1950s, and man is he good at it. His voice and music are incredibly similar to the traditions of artists like Little Richard and James Brown, but he also cites his influences as including the Pixies, The Clash, Wu-Tang Clan, T. Rex, and more. And that’s what makes his retro R&B sound so unique, and his album so diverse. With those artists in mind, JD adds modern nuance to the music of the 1950s, and gives us some seriously good music to dance to. For those looking for an affordable LA show, JD McPherson is performing in LA this weekend at both The Echo and McCabes. Check out ticket info and his video “North Side Gal” after the jump.
JD just re-released his first album Signs and Signifiers on Rounder Records, which he explains is “an art project disguised as an R&B record,” and is playing shows across the country to celebrate. You can catch him in LA this Friday June 8 at The Echo (8:30, $10 adv/$12 dos, tickets here), or Saturday at McCabes’s (8:00, $15, tickets here).
Check out the video for his single “North Side Gal”: