Leslie and the Badgers hit Provo tonight to kick off the first of two Utah shows (they play again Friday at Urban Lounge with Band of Annuals and Cub Country). The Southern California band's classic, romantic folk/country sound at times evokes Patsy Cline and 50s-era luaus with grass-skirt-clad revelers gathering 'round the pedal steel while the bonfire burns all by its lonesome. Leslie Stevens' voice sure is dreamy, so don't worry if you find yourself getting all teary eyed and sentimental when the group headlines Velour.
Also on the bill: Salt Lake City's The Devil Whale. It really is, for real this time, Marcus Bently's last gig with the band. He's off to pursue his solo electronic career. If you still haven't checked out this promising young group, do it now.
RuRu, aka, Isaac Russell opens. It's the eve of his big tour with Joshua James, and I'm going to find out what the heck is up with his pseudonym.