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J. Roddy Walston and The Business at Radio Radio

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J Roddy Walston & The Business - BEN SMITH
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They brought the energy of a bar brawl or a coke-fueled hotel rampage, minus all the mess; with the help of Nashville-based PUJOL, J. Roddy Walston and The Business put on a rowdy, kickass performance at Radio Radio last night, the kind that would appeal to even the grizzliest of audiences.

When you see them perform live, you realize why they go through the trouble of carting a 150 lb., 1970s Yamaha upright piano to every show: their style pays homage to an older era of rock and roll, a rough-edged, electrified combination of blues and honky-tonk - to pull it off requires a level of authenticity that isn't possible with the average, grey plastic keyboard.

They're in the same vein of vintage reproduction as The Black Keys, but, in all honesty, I was just as impressed with this, especially given the relatively small size of production - they don't have an array of old organs and keyboards, for example. Just a single, battered piano.

And as a side-note: if you like early Weezer, you should check out PUJOL, the night's opener. Extremely loud, ever-so-slightly melodic hard rock with frequent Beach Boy style harmonies - they do that exceptionally well.

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