Saturday, February 21, 2009

Visalia Lands a Big Catch in Music (Him of She and Him)...

I'm not sure if there's a Hilton or a Marriott in Visalia, but I'm likely to find out soon. That's because M. Ward, the noted singer-songwriter-musician out of Portland, Oregon is playing at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Friday, May 15, 2009.

If the name M. Ward does not sound immediately familiar, he's the Him of She and Him. She, of course, is Zooey Deschanel and their CD She & Him, Volume One is brilliant, with songs that reflect the evolution of American music from 1940 through 2000.

M. Ward also releases solo albums and Transistor Radio, released in 2005, is generally considered to be the highlight of his career. Transistor Radio received three out of five stars from Rolling Stone, four out of five from All Music, and a near-masterpiece rating of 88 out of 100 points from the Los Angeles Times. Radio, interestingly, began with Ward's instrumental cover of Brian Wilson's You Still Believe In Me from Pet Sounds. He also included a Bach selection...

Bach and Wilson, we like his tastes. Ward's Post-War CD came out in 2006 and his brand new CD, Hold Time, was released just three days ago.

Tickets for the Visalia show can be purchased at the Fox Theatre box office, Velouria Records or The Cellar Door in Visalia, or at Valentino's Rock 'N Roll Apparel in Fresno.

Him hits Visalia... You read about it here, first!

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