Not a bad bill tonight at Hailey's -- something that we haven't really been able to say of late, to be honest -- thanks to a couple of touring, up-and-coming acts out of Minnesota stopping through Denton for the night.
Aside from the whole both being from the Land of a Thousand Lakes tie-in, though, Retribution Gospel Choir and Peter Wolf Crier really don't have all that much in common. The former is a pretty ambitious outfit that combines pop and psychedelic elements into fast-moving jaunts that, somewhat gloriously, and pretty much without fail, come to a satisfying crest -- something frontman Alan Sparhawk more than showcases in his earlier outfit, Low, albeit via much, much slower and less bombastic means. The latter, meanwhile, revels in some interesting, if well-trodden, lo-fi folk territory. Both have some pretty substantial backers, though: Retribution Gospel Choir's 2010 sophomore album, 2, came on Seattle indie juggernaut Sub Pop; Peter Wolf Crier's 2010 debut, Inter-Be, came on Indiana-based indie favorite Jagjaguwar.
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If nothing else, their shared appearance tonight should at least provide for a varied night. And, considering the chatter that Sparhawk has a new Low album in the works slated for an April release, this could well be the last Retribution Gospel Choir stop through the region for some time.
Many thanks then, to the folks at Spune Productions, who are putting on this show, for passing along a pair of passes for us to turn over to one lucky DC9 reader interested in checking out this show for free. Want that to be you? Find out how to win after the jump.
Want the free passes? Just be the first person to e-mail me, starting right now, with the words "High and Low" in the subject line, and you'll win 'em. Easy as that. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winner!