Such subtle art is best caught in a living room with a handful of friends, but that's not the idea behind a rock 'n' roll band. You want a big stage, nice PA, stage lights, and the rest. It's hard translating something so personal to a large audience. With Love Lies Dreaming, you can pick up their stunning debut CD, Phoenix, which features eleven cool original songs with great McFinton vocal mixes, haunting cello hooks, and spacey John Cale-inspired solos from guitarist Brian Wrenn, and enjoy it at home. Or with apologies to Leopold Bros., which has lots of other cool bands gracing its stage that are more at home in that setting you can catch the band on Saturday, July 27, at the homey Vinyl Joe's Music Cafe in Ypsilanti. Location, location, location.
[Originally published in July, 2002.]