HE'S MY BROTHER SHE'S MY SISTER,
BAD WEATHER CALIFORNIA, THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) There is a serious contingent of huggy, earnest folk music sung by stomping boys and girls with guitars. If you stumbled upon the wrong song, LA-based He's My Brother, She's My Sister could be ushered into that corner to disappear with the rest of those adorably forgettable dust bunnies. However, the band—whose vocals and songwriting duties are helmed by two blood siblings, hence the name—adds a few dashes of soul and psychedelia to their blithe, eclectic pop, like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros without all the hippie, cultish hullabaloo. Thus we cannot spite them for all the fun they have; they've earned it with actual talent, so we might as well shed our winter curmudgeon costumes and join in. RAQUEL NASSER
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