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The Next Round Tonight! Moondoggies, SilOHs and Feral Children

Next Tuesday, City Arts teams up with the folks who run The Round at Fremont Abbey to launch the first in a series of musician rounds at local rock clubs, taking an event usually reserved for a more reverent, all-ages setting and plugging it into the more irreverent and socially lubricated club format. This month's round will feature Kevin Murphy from the Moondoggies (above), Jim Cotton of Feral Children and Jake Witt from SilOHs, plus slam poet Danny Sherrard and real time painting by Easy Street muralists Glenn Case and Siolo Thompson.

It might be a little disorienting, but the three musicians on the bill are all excellent craftsmen and will keep The Next Round true to the solid songwriting roots of the format. In the spirit of that format, I will tell you a little bit about each in the style of the Round.

ROUND 1

Jake Witt (of SiLOhs)

A native Midwesterner, Witt names both Neil Young and Spiritualized as major influences, and you can hear it in his music. Tapping into both Americana roots and a little bit of psychedlia for his songs, SilOHs creates fluid patchworks that sound simple and beautiful, but are deceptively complex. Earlier this year, the band released Silos, an album on which Witt played all the instrumentation (so this show should be a cinch).

 

Jim Cotton (of Feral Children)

With its 2008 release Second to the Last Frontier, Feral Children arrived on the Seattle scene with some rightful comparisons to Modest Mouse. The Maple Valley natives have apparently taken that comparison as a challenge to create music that is even darker, stranger and spiked with beauty on Brand New Blood, their follow-up release earlier this year. While the band's music is very much a collaborative process, as bass player and primary lyricist, Cotton serves as something of a backbone. A solo performance is a treat that might reveal what, exactly, that backbone is made of.

 

Kevin Murphy (of the Moondoggies)

As its name might suggest, this band pulls from the jam band playbook, but it does so with an urban grit and a sense of powerful dynamics that makes its only fitting comparison the Grateful Dead. As leader of what is easily one of the most soulful groups in town, Murphy excels at songwriting that is tight as a drum, but entrancing enough to go on forever. Coming off a bunch of touring, the front man will likely have some stories to tell, and hopefully some new songs to share.


ROUND 2

Jake Witt (of SiLOhs)

Jake Witt wrote this song. It's awesome.

 

Jim Cotton (of Feral Children)

Jim Cotton's band wrote this song. It's awesome.

 

Kevin Murphy (of the Moondoggies)

Kevin Murphy's band wrote this song. It's awesome.

ROUND 3

Jake Witt (of SiLOhs)

You can hear Witt live on KEXP Monday, March 29, at noon.

 

Jim Cotton (of Feral Children)

You can see Jim Cotton bartend at the Redwood on Capitol Hill most nights.

 

Kevin Murphy (of Moondoggies)

You can see Kevin Murphy at the Bird on the Wire Folk Festival in Pullman tonight! (Have you seen the lineup on this festival. It's sick!)

 

Or you can see them all playing together, collaborating and B.S.ing at The Next Round on Tuesday, March 30, at Neumos