The Absent Arch's Will Markwardt. Photo by Alexa Jones.
In my column this week, I wrote about the first time I saw The Absent Arch and how impressed I was by their balance and performance despite the fact that they were crammed in the corner of their trumpet player's living room. Impressively, the band was able to transfer the loose-yet-polished feel of their house party performance to the stage of the Triple Rock on Friday night, defrosting the bundled-up audience with their organic charm.
Openers A Paper Cup Band are another folk-based rock act to keep an eye on; their tight compositions and yelping vocal melodies led my friend Kyle to aptly remark that their had the feel of indie rock pioneers Pavement. See for yourself at their MySpace page.