Plug In Stereo, Bird By Bird, Weatherstar, The Roxy, August 13, 2011
It was an early show at the world famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip, featuring three terrific up and coming pop bands.
The early 6PM start time was a bit puzzling, but it was sure great to see bands such as Plug In Stereo, Bird By Bird, and Weatherstar having the opportunity to perform at such a prestige venue.
During his set, Plug In Stereo front man Trevor Dahl commented on how stifling hot a venue was in Arizona that they had just played at. He seemed to be really appreciate the mild Los Angeles weather as well as the setup at the Roxy.
And so early on a Saturday evening, it was now time to enjoy what these three talented acts had to offer.
First up on the bill on the Nothing To Something Tour was Weatherstar from Southport, CT – now making their Sunset Strip debut. Those who arrived early were clearly enjoying the super infectious pop rocking tunes that front man Cameron Walker and his band had to offer. Exuding a good deal of charisma, Walker and his band clearly won over a good number of fans who ventured out into the wilds of Hollywood. Opening the set with the winning reveries of Crystal Ball, the audience was instantly hooked in to the songs Walker and his band were performing. Up next was Go, another glorious tune that has a ton of hit single potential. Can’t Get Away From U was a definite highlight with its danceable melody and spirited vocals. And Weatherstar’s cover of the Britney Spears song Hold It Against Me was absolutely inspired. Cameron Walker is certainly a talent to watch out for – pure pop perfection to be sure! A vibrant way to kick off a Saturday night! Here’s hoping Weatherstar make it back out to the Southland soon! Unbelievably unsigned for now, but performances like these are sure to remedy that status.
I am sorry to say that I missed most of the Bird By Bird set. An indie-rock-pop duo from Berkeley, CA consisting of singer/guitarist Jonathan Devoto (previously of The Matches) and drummer/singer Ross Traver, the songs I did hear were definitely memorable. Keep your eyes out for the next time Bird By Bird flies into town. Hopefully we’ll catch up with Bird By Bird sometime in the very near future.
Headlining the Nothing To Something Tour was Plug In Stereo from Portland, Oregon, who were also playing in Hollywood for the very first time. The atmosphere was especially chill, with Trevor Dahl and company presenting a set of cozy yet lively acoustic based tunes. Performing songs from his Nothing To Something release on Triple Crown Records, Dahl’s heartfelt songs left a lasting impression on all in attendance. Less like Never Shout Never and more like timeless acts such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, Trevor Dahl exuded an endearingly quirky personality that matched exquisitely with the brilliant pop songs. Tunes such as Plans and Together had the audience singing along to the joyful refrains. What Goes Around was another highlight where Dahl cleverly sends his regards to detractors and other makers of mischief. Towards the end of the set, Trevor sang a wonderful duet with his keyboard player Lindsey Dahl called Oh Darling, standing in admirably for Cady Groves (who sang c-vocals for the track on the album). Lindsay is actually Trevor’s sister – it definitely looks like talent runs in the family here!
With Trevor Dahl being this effective and resourceful at barely 18, it will be tremendously exciting to see what the future has in store for this gifted troubadour. And thus ended a magical night of terrific bands at The Roxy!
(Review by Kenneth Morton)