Article Published: Sep. 15, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 17, 2011
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Espresso News in downtown Boone hosts two top envelope-pushing experimental
pop music acts, Bird Names and Bubbly Mommy Gun, Friday, Sept. 23.
The stop in
Boone is part of the groups’ Atlantic coast “All-Stars of Fringe Pop” tour. Hailing from the
creative haven of Athens, Ga., the groups “will cast radical musical visions, refined with nuance
and rich with soul,” a tour spokesperson said. “Distinct in feeling but alike in purpose (expression
through music that is challenging, fun, and startlingly original), Bird Names and Bubbly Mommy Gun
will perform in tandem to stir rare feelings and inspiration in the mountain
Formed in mid-2000s Chicago, art pop veterans Bird Names has produced a
series of highly acclaimed low-fi albums and toured extensively.
“All-Stars of Fringe Pop Tour” marks the live debut of the extra heavy Bird Names Psychedelic Big
Band, a six-piece band playing taut compositions for three guitarists, two drummers and a
Bird Names tours in support of its fifth full-length album,
“Metabolism: a Salute to the Energy of the Sun,” which Private Leisure hailed as “a mind-blowing
record, for sure.”
Coming up in Georgia, Bubbly Mommy Gun has embodied the
best of doing things oneself by making things like nobody else would. Their music is jazzy,
toe-tapping dream pop, a surreal atmosphere of tone and sound bent around a core of sharp, yet
“The playfulness, catchiness, and craft of the songs
make for happy, obsessive re-listening,” the spokesperson said.
The group is
finishing the follow-up to “Ain’t Got No Favorite Color,” which Flagpole magazine calls
“effortlessly nuanced pop music, immensely enjoyable.”
The bands play Espresso
News Friday, Sept. 23. For show times, call Espresso News at (828) 264-8850. To give the bands a
listen, visit birdnamesmusic.com and myspace.com/bubblymommygun.