"Yea Sweden!" Someone from the crowd yelled at John Englebert from Johnossi, "You've got good health care!"
"Yeah - California loves Sweden," he replied. Johnossi's album doesn't come out in the U.S. until Tuesday, but it'd be hard to be more impressed with it than their live show. A two-piece (acoustic Guitar and drums), Johnossi wrangles a surprisingly killer electric army out of his beat up guitar with the help of a lot of amps and pedals. The 2-piece rock/roots thing is nothing new at this point - nor are excellent bands coming from Sweden - but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check em out.
The Noisettes, from London, have a wicked not-secret weapon in their front-woman Shingai Shoniwa. Punk/blues/Karen O rolled into a pair of gold hot pants, they're currently holding the crowd pretty spellbound. And Shingai just invited the crowd back to her trailer "If you can sneak back there," so I'm gonna give it a try.
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