In this week's print edition, Observer contributor Elliott Johnston faced the not-so-big task of making tonight's Little Joy show at Club Dada seem like it's worth your time. Again, not exactly the toughest feat in the world. Writes Johnston:
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"Rock critics are seduced by the tendency to call out an album of the summer--especially during the season's opening bell, when the road ahead is waiting, in need of a tasty soundtrack. But what happens when this summer's best album was released last fall, and it just took a few barbecues and hissing lawns for its place to become blindingly apparent?
The record in question was made by Little Joy, a trio that features The Strokes' drummer Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian vocalist Rodrigo Amarente and Los Angeles musician Binki Shapiro. Their self-titled debut is one of the most enjoyable, easygoing pop records fit for sunshine in recent memory."
And seeing that--hold on, lemme look out the window--yep, it sure is summertime, well, this show, where Little Joy will be joined by Minneapolis' The Presents and Brooklyn's Queens (an act associated with Animal Collective), is looking pretty awesome--even if Little Joy's Moretti won't be in attendance, busy working on the next Strokes release.
So, yeah, we're pretty pumped then that DOMA-nominated local booker, John Iskander of Parade of Flesh, has offered up two pairs of tickets to tonight's show. Want 'em? Be one of the first two people to email me with "The Next Time Around" in the subject line, and you're in. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners.