When: Thu., Sept. 5 2013
indie/folk/pop, Americana, 9 p.m.
Jeremiah Stricklin of Oh, Jeremiah comes across like your self-conscious, nerdy, needy neighbor, thanks to the way that he evokes Bright Eyes’ earnest and aching tenor and the rootsy power-pop sensibilities of Big Star and the dBs, but there’s no mistaking his debt to the world of Americana. First of all, there’s the folk and bluegrass undercurrent that is woven into the beatific pop of his song “Happy Now.” It recalls the first Ra Ra Riot album’s use of strings to create elegant sweep and minor key melancholia. With Oh, Jeremiah, Stricklin’s joined by violinist Erin Raber, whose breathy vocals intertwine with his to create rich harmonies. The most promising thing about their five-song debut EP Tall Tales and Tiny Fables is the pair’s ability to imbue each track with its own personality. This ranges from the encouraging uplift of “The Scariest Thing,” with its knotty Modest Mouse-ish riff, to the breezy, self-deprecating Prairie Home Companion bounce of “Better Man” and the pretty, mournful ode “Circles,” on which he declares “Face it, embrace it, because happiness comes in a circle.” —Chris Parker