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Echo & the Bunnymen, Kelley Stoltz 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended

When: Tue., May 17, 7:30 p.m. 2011

Kelley Stoltz is one hell of a mimic. His latest album, last year's To Dreamers (Sub Pop), kicks off with some power chords that channel the Who so perfectly you'll want to smash your air guitar by the end of the first verse. Other songs emulate the finer moments of the Go-Betweens, Tom Petty, and Ziggy-era David Bowie. Of course, he'd be nothing more than a cover-band MVP if he didn't bring something new to the table; he may use other peoples' licks as bait, but the hooks are all Stoltz. Not only are his tunes downright indelible—in 2007 the bouncy "Birdies Singing" made for an unusually memorable Regions Bank commercial—but they come loaded with lyrics that present new twists on two of the oldest subjects around, falling in love and loving someone who's fallen out of love with you. Stoltz is also an admirer of headliners Echo & the Bunnymen—in 2001 he recorded Crockodials, a note-for-note remake of the band's first album—but you can bet he and his backing trio won't dip into that songbook tonight, not with the Bunnymen scheduled to play the original Crocodiles and its even better successor, Heaven Up Here, back-to-back. 18+

Price: $30

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