If you’re like me and can’t make it all the way to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, you can catch two bands from it's lineup right here in town. Local favorites Dawg Yawp and This Pine Box will be performing together at The Woodward Theatre as they kick off their tours down to the festival!
Dawg Yawp is an indie folk duo whose unique stringed combination creates an original sound. That sound is a mix of Tyler Randall’s melodic sitar, Rob Keenan’s rhythmic guitar, electronic elements, soothing vocal harmonies, and abstract lyrics. Call it rock, call it indie, call it folktronica, but you've never heard anything quite like this.
Tyler and Rob met at a high school chorus concert and, after experimenting with music separately, united under the banner Dawg Yawp. They quickly became one of the most distinct sounds in Cincinnati. The band has toured nationally and won Artist of the Year at the 2017 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. You may also know them from their Tiny Desk Concert on NPR last year. Hey, if Bob Boilen likes them, chances are you will too.
This Pine Box was formed in March 2016 by vocalist and guitarist Jake Knight and bassist Sean Warpenburg. They released their self-titled debut EP in July of the same year, and have since dropped three singles to promote their upcoming full-length LP.
Their brand of folk influenced rock is charged by riff driven melodies and bouncing bass lines that will keep your toes tapping and your shoulders swaying. Their sound has evolved significantly since the first EP; they showcased that talent at the 2017 CEAs as one of the final performances. The band’s breathtaking cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a perfect example of their ever-maturing sound.
Whether you’ve been following these bands since their beginnings or have never heard of them until now, this is a show you won't want to miss out on. Get your SXSW fix without the road trip and send off two of Cincinnati's promising artists!
When: Friday, March 9, 9:00 PM; doors open at 8
Where: Woodward Theater
How much: $14, or $12 online advance