Photo by Eryn Brooke


Leopold and his Fiction

Feb. 12
7 p.m.
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Rock

No, this isn’t the late Belgian king adopting Trump’s core philosophy. This Leo’s not lyin’. Rather, it’s an Austin, Texas, quartet with affection for vintage rock and R&B seasoned in the garage with crunchy guitar and peppered with bits of blues, Motown, and doo-wop. Frontman Daniel James hails from Detroit, where he absorbed its hard rock and soul inclinations. He’s a charismatic singer, with a slight rasp and touch of histrionics reminiscent of Robert Plant. On Fiction’s new Darling Destroyer album, James evokes Zeppelin on “Cowboy,” but also Plant’s latter-day roots stuff on the acoustic blues “Who Am I.” James can wail too, suggesting Iggy Pop on “Saturday,” seemingly an unholy alliance between the Stooges and the Knack. In fact, DD is littered with easy references: Bon Jovi (and Zep) on “Cowboy,” Paul Revere & the Raiders on “It’s How I Feel (Free),” and Jackie Wilson on “I’m Caving In” — all worthy inspirations that help Leo roar. Driftwood Pyre, Busey, and locals Ahem open.