On June 26, San Diego will get a welcome visit from the Watson Twins and Jesse Sykes.
The Watson Twins are predominately known for the lush harmonies they provided on Jenny Lewis’s solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat. That 2006 album is a beautiful display of updated roots Americana with hard-strummed acoustics and rich dense layers of blended vocals. On their solo records, the Watson Twins have displayed a wider range of influences. The 2010 release Talking to You, Talking to Me features midnight-tinged soul music with hints of alt country twang roots. On their most recent e.p., Night Covers, the Watson Twins literally wear their influence on their sleeves, covering PJ Harvey, Bill Withers, Sade, the Turtles, the Eurythmics and the Black Keys. Each song is uniquely rearranged and reimagined as the Watson Twins' own.
Also on the bill and not to be missed is Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. Sykes has a hypnotic voice falling over a wash of warm toned sprawling yesterdays. The band is tight, ominous and beautiful, and has a sparseness that can slowly build to a wall of sound. Guitarist Phil Wandscher, a veteran of Ryan Adams’ early band Whiskeytown, leads the Sweet Hereafter with the guitar dialect of open fields and rural drives, familiar as summer but unique in its own right.
Make sure to get to the Griffin for a Tuesday night of great music and have your excuse ready for Wednesday’s work shift.