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For a Good Time, Check Out the Dilettantes!

Posted by Miss Ess, April 4, 2007 02:45pm | Post a Comment
the dilettantes joel gion jefferson parker brock gallandSo the other night I got to see local San Fran band the Dilettantes kick and shake some rock and roll booty at the Cafe du Nord.

There aren't so many actual rock n roll bands right now in San Francisco, and taking in the energy and attitude of the Dilettantes made me remember why I like good ol' rock n roll so much in the first place.
 
The band is centered around Mr Joel Gion, formerly of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. In case you missed the fantastic documentary Dig, which came out a couple of years ago, chronicling the band's years-long troubles with labels and the law (not to mention rival band the Dandy Warhols),  Joel's a tambourine player. If you did happen to see the flick, you'll easily remember Joel. He's the one who dumps a drink down his pants. You know, that guy. He's also the best tambourine player you'll ever see. The guy has the magic touch, no joke! He is the tambourine player, of course, in the Dilettantes, but he has taken his natural charisjoel gion brian jonestown massacre the dilettantesma up a notch now and is also a Lou Reed-esque vocalist. His stage presence is something to behold, full of appropriate and highly enjoyable rock n roll posturing and skill.

The two guitarists, Jefferson Parker and Brock Galland, also trade off singing different songs to great effect.  Jefferson's soloing skills are amazing-- remember when American indie bands had crazy epic guitar solos with effects peddles and feedback? I sure do. This guy's got it down. 

The bassist, Nick Marcantonio, and drummer, KC Kozak, hold down the rhythm of the group, making the music the most dance-able rock you've probably heard in a while. 

Straight up rock n roll, dudes. That's what I'm talking about. You should check them out, should they come to your town. Here's their myspace link:  http://www.myspace.com/thedilettantes

Look out for their full length album in August, 101 Tambourines!!

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