LIVE: Warm Soda @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 3/30/13

Warm Soda (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Warm Soda

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“We’re Warm Soda from Oakland, California. That’s basically San Francisco, but cooler,” said Matthew Melton of the West Coast garage-glam band Warm Soda, his follow-up to his previous outfit Bare Wires, which broke up last year. Warm Soda has a new release, Someone for You, a tinny, fuzzy blast of power pop perfection, and they played most of the album’s songs at Valentine’s, including the sugar-coated sing-along “Jeanie Loves Pop” and the love-besotted title track “Someone for You.”

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It was an end-of-the-tour celebration for Albany’s country-punkers Slaughterhouse Chorus, who had just returned from a trek around the country with the rough-edged, ramshackle duo the End Men. Jack Russell Terrorists opened up the night, while Saratoga’s Party Boat brought their effervescent, laidback melodic surf pop — as refreshing as the cool breeze referenced in their song “Salted Sea.” Don’t miss Party Boat when they open for Brooklyn’s the Babies tonight at Valentine’s.

Slaughterhouse Chorus (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Slaughterhouse Chorus

Jack Russell Terrorists (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Jack Russell Terrorists

The End Men

The End Men

Party Boat (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Party Boat

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