The Lemon Twigs—the Long Island–brewed outfit led by youthful multi-instrumentalist singing-songwriting brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario—is so derivative, it’s like listening to a medley of vaguely pin-pointable ’60s-era baroque and psychedelic pop (the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Zombies, the Kinks) and ’70s-era power-pop, glam and art rock (Supertramp, Big Star, the Ramones, Queen, Todd Rundgren), with a dose of Broadway theatricality and 21st-century prodigious musicality added for good measure. Sometimes I can identify direct emulation in a specific moment of a song (like that segment in “Rock Dreams” that’s a direct rip-off of “Flying” from Magical Mystery Tour). But they do it so goddamn well, I can’t be mad. In fact, I’m a bit obsessed. Their sophomore album, Go to School, was among my 2018 favorites for its way of simultaneously and alternately surprising me and making me feel waves of nostalgia for vintage times I never actually lived in.
The show was originally scheduled to land at Neptune Theatre, and was sold out... but the venue changed to Columbia City Theater (possibly to the chagrin of ticket holders—that's roughly nine miles difference), so you should now be able to get in and see these guys tonight—and I recommend that you do. Warm-up from Tacoma-based singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen.
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