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New Meetup: LOOKBOOK: This Thursday night, FREE in Saint Paul - Mears Park

From: Gail
Sent on: Sunday, August 2, 2009 8:58 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Twin Cities Music Buffs!

What: LOOKBOOK: This Thursday night, FREE in Saint Paul - Mears Park

When: August 6,[masked]:00 PM

Mears park
221 E 5th St
st. paul, MN 55101

FREE This Thursday, August 6, 6-9pm LOOKBOOK (plays 7:30-9), Mears Park, Saint Paul.

Since it?s a park, shoot me a text or call and we all can meet up, my number noted below. They have beer, drinks, and food by my fave Saint Paul restaurant, Senor Wong, for sale. There?s also Barrio and Bulldog across the street from the park for food & beverage. Parking is pretty good in Saint Paul (though my perspective is from Chicago) but if you have troubles I can guide you. Mears Park is a beautiful place to see live music and just walk around. They have some seating but you may wish to bring a blanket ? I don?t think they allow coolers with F&B already for sale for the events. It is weather permitting, so if weather is whack, you can check the musicinmears website or call their number: [masked]-9128.

LOOKBOOK 7:30-9pm:
Interesting that another TCMB meetup member just recently turned me on to this new local band I?m really digging ? & I see they?re playing this week for the Thursday nights Music in Mears series! They?ve been deemed one of the best new Twin Cities bands of 2008 and a ?picked to click.? I would describe them as moody, lush, electronica, beautiful vocals by Maggie Morrison, formerly of Digitata ? sounds like could be Moby trax. Should be magical to hear this music in picturesque Mears Park.

Here are a couple of quotes describing their music better than my abilities:

?One hears Lookbook and imagines themselves striding in slow-motion to that shy guy at the bar, backlit and valiantly tormented and bound for a heartbreak that will look magnificent on celluloid. It?s music that arouses a most precious and sincere sentimentality for things bittersweet and fleeting.?

??vast soundscapes are steeped in a reverence for analog synths and '80s new wave. Listeners familiar with M83's superlative Saturdays = Youth will recognize some of the same reference points: Kate Bush, Tears for Fears, New Order, maybe even Heart. But where M83 are awash in nostalgia, Lookbook are leaner, more minimalist.?

First Avenue show review from excellent music website about shows in Twin Cities:
?Lookbook, comprised of Digitata?s Maggie Morrison, TOMHANKS?s Grant Cutler and a storage locker full of sequencers and other equipment were next and were by far the most relaxing band of the evening. A fellow concertgoer commented ?I keep picturing robots in black lingerie marching along in the distance.? Somehow, this was a completely accurate statement. Morrison?s voice was swathed in reverb and rivaled Annie Lennox?s in its heart-wrenching soul. The songs built slowly and often stayed there, it played out like a Sigur Ros set without the meandering wonderment that is sometimes to that band detriment. The spare, at times organic, sounds brought an intimacy to the room - no small feat in cavernous First Avenue. Cutler?s semi-falsetto backing vocals lent depth to many of the songs and overall it was just plain beautiful. I felt sort of drunk, like I had ingested three or four glasses of expensive red wine by the end of their set, despite the fact I had nothing but water to drink all night. [P.O.]

LYNHURST: Opening band from 6-7:30
A young up-n-coming Twin Cities pop band. Sweet songs, clever lyrics, and lead vocals by girl drummer, a local band to keep an eye on.
?The sibling trio of Mari, Matt, and Jake Abdo is solid; producing intricately arranged pop song after pop song. Live they switch out instruments regularly, but the standard line-up is Mari pounding on the drums, Jake dropping the bass beats, and Matt cutting leads on guitar and keys. This is one of the young bands to watch in the cities, and though they quote ?are trying not to grow up too fast,? they invariably will. The anticipation ought to build with those familiar with Lynhurst, because if what they?re doing now is this good (and it is), we can?t fathom what might become of them in five years. If nostalgia isn?t enough to entice a purchase of their new album Field Day out of you, then eventually you?ll succumb to a more mature sophomore or 3rd release.?

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