So, last July, I’m headed for the exit at McCormick Place in Chicago when a rep from Daily’s Cocktails snags me and tells me that there’s something I need to see… a “free concert,” she tells me. I’ve got time, so I follow her lead into a cavernous ballroom (this place is massive) where the name SIDNEY YORK is displayed on projection screens. I made my way to the front, and took a seat at a table near the stage. What was missing here was a crowd, and that’s a shame, but the problem was… no one seemed to know that this concert was about to take place, despite it being held at BlogHer ’13, a convention that was being attended by thousands of bloggers, most of which were female, as the name implies.
Fronted by the duo of opera singer Brandi Sidoryk and bassoonist Krista Wodelet, SIDNEY YORK is the band behind the catchy, whistle-riffic “Dick & Jane” that’s been featured in the Daily’s ad campaign. I dug the performance (during which I was pegged as the “token man” by Wodelet), it’s indie rock goodness infused with everything from fuzzy bass to french horn, ukulele, and synth. I ended up buying a copy of their 2011 album, APOCALYPTIC RADIO CYNIC (Amazon | iTunes), and while I might be featuring the band in my “For Grownups” section, my little Rock Daughters love it, too.
Watch: “Cold in Here” from APOCALYPTIC RADIO CYNIC –
Now comes word that SIDNEY YORK is prepping the release of their new album, <3s (Hearts), which, like the new BLUE STAHLI record, is being released in volumes over the course of time. <3s will be released two songs at a time, both digitally and on 7″ vinyl. If you’d like a tiny preview, head over to Amazon where you can stream clips of the first two tracks, “Hearts” and “Electrolove,” both of which will be available starting January 14th as <3s Vol. 1.
Subscription options will be available on the band’s official website starting this coming Monday.
Additionally, SIDNEY YORK has tour dates starting to roll out, with dates in Western Canada and the US Northwest beginning this month.
Vancouver, BC – Tuesday, January 7
Seattle, WA – Wednesday, January 8
Spokane, WA – Thursday, January 9
Moscow, ID – Friday, January 10
Eugene, OR – Saturday, January 12
Portland, OR – Tuesday, January 14
Ashland, OR – Wednesday, January 15
Lethbridge, AB – Saturday, January 25
Edmonton, AB – Monday, January 27
Regina, SK – Tuesday, January 28
Calgary, AB – Wednesday, January 29
Kelowna, BC – Thursday, January 30
Kamloops, BC – Friday, January 31
Cleveland, OH – Saturday, February 15
Toronto, ON – Sunday, February 16
Red Deer, AB – Thursday, February 27
Lloydminster, SK – Friday, February 28
PS: Would you like to watch the full SIDNEY YORK performance from BlogHer ’13? Well, you can.