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Monday @ Skully’s: The Dollyrots, The Cliks, Hunter Valentine

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The Dollyrots / Suffrajett @ Ravari Room, Friday night

The DollyrotsOkay, so maybe it’s my own personal UNOFFICIAL Donewaiting 5th Anniversary Show (it’s like a SXSW day party is to SXSW), but I couldn’t have put together a better bill if I had tried. The Dollyrots (number #2 on my Best of 2007 list) return to Columbus for the 4th (or 5th) time in the last 12 months as part of a co-headlining bill (The Love and Conquer Tour) with the rockin’ goodness of Suffrajett. The Chicago-by-way-of-New-York Suffrajett are no strangers to Columbus having played clubs all around town many, many times over the last 4 years.

Though they’ve been playing pretty much non-stop for the last month, The Dollyrots took a few minutes to answer some rather pointless questions I tossed their way last night.

Do you love Columbus yet?
You bet your sweet little Buckeye Arses we do!!

What’s the best meal you’ve had while on this tour?
We stayed with our friend Andrea in Birmingham, AL and we made a home cooked Mexican Feast! It was UNBELIEVABLE! Fresh Guacamole, Avocado, beans, and tofu crumbles with taco seasoning mix!! Check out the photo in our Myspace blogs! YUM!

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about Suffrajett on this tour?
Did you know that Simi grew up in Woodstock, NY and has a bit of a Hippie flair? ;)

What are the top 5 CDs or songs you’ve listened to in the van on this tour?
Well, besides our podcasts of “This American Life” (NPR), probably “Games” by TEENAGE BOTTLE ROCKET, “100 Locks” by GET SET GO, The new AGAINST ME record, “Sunny side of the street” by THE POGUES, and “Man Boy” by THE VASELINES. There’s a whole crap load of Ipod Shuffling as well!

Is there anything fans can bring you (clean socks? new music? bags of Cheetos?) to make the rest of the tour a little bit easier?
Yes Yes Yes!! We need black wool socks to keep our toes warm! Also, bottled water and Emergen-C packets are always cool! And of course some delicious flavored vodka or light beer would be cool too!!

So, Donewaiting community, how about showing your love for female-fronted rock and joining me front and center at the Ravari Room tomorrow (Friday, Feb.22) night? And don’t forget to bring along a little gift for The Dollyrots. 5 bucks will get you in the door for the show which starts at 10pm with upstarts Help is on the Way (featuring Gonzo on drums).

Donewaiting.com Staff Favorites of 2007: Chip Midnight

Better late than never, right?

I started with a list of 45 favorites. Over the course of December I tried to give each one another listen to decide a) where it would land on the list and b) whether or not it would make the cut. I ended up with a list of 24 and, not much to my surprise, many are female-fronted or British bands. I am surprised more alt.country didn’t make my list (I guess Wilco is the token alt.country band) and a complete lack of hard rock is unheard of (oh, how I wanted to love the new Down CD but it just didn’t happen).

From the first 30 seconds of listening to Great Northern’s ‘Trading Twilight for Daylight’, I knew it was going to be my top pick. But along came The Dollyrots a few months later and nearly stole the top spot. Actually, in my mind, they tied for my favorite of the year, I’m sure I listened to both of them an equal amount of times. The rest of the top 10 is pretty interchangeable but I figured I had to put them in some sort of order.

So, here’s my list of Favorite CDs of 2007:

1. Great Northern – Trading Twilight for Daylight (Eenie Meenie Records)
Part of the Silverlake scene (Sea Wolf, Earlimart, Silversun Pickups), Great Northern provides the soundtrack to a lazy/hazy Friday afternoon. Though Rachel Stolte is the lead singer, her vocal interplay with guitarist Solon Bixler adds depth to the songs.

2. The Dollyrots – Because I’m Awesome (Blackheart Records)
Signed to Joan Jett’s label (Blackheart Records), The Dollyrots embody a punk rock spirit and, to a degree, a punk rock sound though the band’s single “Because I’m Awesome” (as featured in a Kohl’s commercial) is gaining steam on pop radio stations such as WNCI in Columbus, Ohio. Based on comments left on The Dollyrots MySpace page, the trio is appealing to a wide age range including pre-teen girls whose iPod Shuffles are loaded with songs by Kelly Clarkson, Hannah Montana, and Avril Lavigne.

3. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters (Fat Cat)
From the thick Scottish accented vocals to the wall of guitar sounds, The Twilight Sad sound like Snow Patrol if Snow Patrol had started just a few years ago and was influenced by Mogwai, Aereogramme, My Bloody Valentine, and Dinosaur Jr. The band’s SXSW performance in a tent outside of Emo’s left my ears ringing for days … and I liked it!

4. Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer – Schematics (Le Pamplemousse)
As long as Zolof keeps putting out records, there will be a place for them on my year-end list. The synth-driven pop-punk with an edge is infectious and I can’t get enough of Rachel Minton’s spunky vocals. This band could sell a ton of records if they catch the right break.

5. The Frames – The Cost (Anti)
The Once soundtrack made a lot of year-end lists, as well it should and it would have made mine had Glen Hansard’s band, The Frames, not put out a record of their own this year. Fully fleshed-out versions of Once’s best tracks (“Falling Slowly” and “When Your Mind is Made Up”) appear on The Frames’ tenth studio album and are just as passionate and emotional as the stripped-down soundtrack versions. My hope is that everybody who loved the music in Once will explore The Frames’ back catalog.
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