Various Blonde’s ‘Downtown Frown’ is your Pitch Music Awards song of the day
This year, the 2014 Pitch Music Awards Showcase is split over two nights: Saturday, July 19, at the Riot Room and Friday, July 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon (lineup details and tickets here.) The PMA Awards Show is at the Uptown Theater, held this year on Sunday, August 3, and hosted by World Air Guitar Champion Eric “Mean” Melin and Mills Record Co.’s Judy Mills (tickets here).
To count down to the awards ceremony – and help introduce you to this year’s picks – we’re going to be debuting a “song of the day” each weekday until the show from one of this year’s batch of nominees.
Earlier this year, we spoke with Various Blonde’s mastermind Josh Allen about the evolution of his rock project. We also got to preview the band’s upcoming album Summer High, and what we heard was nothing short of ball-busting sounds that have influences from jazz to prog-rock to funk. Allen insisted there was nothing to keep all those genres apart, and you can hear elements of that in the new video for “Downtown Frown,” the first release off Summer High. (Bonus: Various Blonde’s keyboardist is Eddie Moore of Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle, another PMA nominee in the Jazz Ensemble category.)
#24: Katy Guillen and the Girls’ “Don’t Get Bitter”
#23: My Oh My’s “Your Heart Not Mine”
#22: Schwervon’s “Land Locked”
#21: Your Friend’s “Bangs”
#20: Radkey’s “Romance Dawn”
#19: Maramus’ “Syphilitic”