Friday, October 18, 2013

Three Reasons to Catch Wild Belle at 12th & Porter Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Wild Belle
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Perhaps the best thing about music, at least when it’s good, is its potent ability to emotionally manipulate, trigger memories, transcend bland settings, alter moods, assuage anxiety, all that shit. It comes in handy when I’m stuck in my mundane, empty-coffee-cup-filled cubicle slaving away on dick jokes and grinding out rock-journo hyperbole (about music, ironically) for that bi-weekly paycheck that stands between me and having to sell off my (rather excellent) record collection. That’s when I typically pop in the ear buds and cue up something like Wild Belle to trick my brain into thinking I'm laid out in the Jamaican sun, day drunk on Red Stripe, fulfilled and loving life.

After the jump you can totally, virtually share in that magical experience with me by listening to three hand-picked Wild Belle videos for tracks from the band’s Top-10-list worthy 2013 debut LP, Isles, which plays off the deck like a sonic combination of good weed, good sex, good ears and vintage gear and great grabs from Joe Strummer’s record collection.

If you’re like me and you totally dig the smooth, sensual sound of the Chicago-bred brother-sister duo’s expertly arranged dub- and calypso-tinged, lush, lusty, pine-y songs about puppy love and other hot probs, consider going to check ‘em out at 12th & Porter, where the band plays with openers Snowmine (from Brooklyn) and Buffalo Rodeo (from Bowling Green) tomorrow night. Tickets!

It’ll take years to undo the musical horrors and aesthetic havoc that date-rape-y bro bands like Sublime and 311 reaped on reggae music, stigmatizing the genre in the eyes of young, budding hipsters who are afraid to touch anything potentially uncool with a 10-foot pole. Which is where Wild Belle comes in. Seriously, dawgs, it’s about fucking time a super-sleek, uber-chic, cucumber-cool, bohemian, indie art-pop duo righteously appropriated rocksteady sounds. Dig it.

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