Since complaining about having too much great stuff to do on a Friday night is a pretty low-class move, I'll leave the complaining out of it and just say this: I'm having a dickens of a time trying to choose between the rock and soul confection of The Bellrays and perennial Catfish Vegas favorites Chango Malo on one side and a stacked local bill celebrating a new KXCI Locals Only album, as well as bidding farewell to founder Don Jennings and his incredible 10 years hosting the program.
The trump card might just end up being the fact that the Bellrays are the only out-of-town band in the mix. And though I've technically seen the Bellrays, that was just as a vocal-and-guitar duo during last year's HoCo Festival after the apparent abrupt departure of the rest of the band. And that was amazing, really highlighting what singer Lisa Kekaula can belt out, but from what I've been told, the full band sound has that beat to a pulp.
Still, the combination of at Plush, with Golden Boots, The Deludes, The Swim and others is downright delicious. And the farewell to Don Jennings is compelling too...
My guess is I'll end up trying to rush back and forth between the two clubs, to at least make a righteous attempt at hearing it all.
The Bellrays - Infection
Chango Malo - Superstition (Stevie Wonder cover)
Golden Boots - Beginnings of Modern Astronomy
The Swim - Margaret With Comets
The Deludes - Production Line