Oh No Oh My Shine at Homegrown Live
4/18/2012 4:47:00 PM
Supported by several talented up-and-coming bands, Austin four-piece Oh No Oh My headlined the most recent 101X Homegrown Live. In the midst of recording a new album, the band gave guests a glimpse at a few new songs, along with some old favorites from last year’s People Problems. As a special surprise, Oh No Oh My invited Steve Selvidge of The Hold Steady on stage to provide some blistering guitar support before he led the band into a killer, show-closing rendition of “Purple Rain.”
Oh No Oh My wasn’t the only band doing great things Saturday night. Houstonians The Tontons got things started, with lead singer Asli Omar captivating the audience with her powerful, silky smooth voice and flirtatious dance moves. The Tontons’ charisma filled the intimate club, and before long, any patrons who had been lingering outside filed, transfixed, toward the stage.
After a quick prayer, BOY (composed of four young men) hit the stage, expertly coiffed and stylishly dressed. The pretty-boy looks were misleading, as BOY proceeded to belt out several jams that could easily be ruined by Chris Cornell. Despite some thunderous drumbeats and some fuzzy guitars, it would be a disservice to call their performance grungey. It was too clean, too melodic, and too good.
Following an introduction by their namesake (courtesy of his performance as the Penguin in the 60’s Batman television series), Burgess Meredith and their six band members squeezed onto the stage and kicked some true indie-style jams. It was a little bit surf-pop, a little bit space-pop, and a lot of fun. Despite a dearth of physical CDs, the show doubled as an album release for Burgess Meredith’s Banana Moon.