Wisconsin-turned-Brooklynite Alex Schaaf will get to revel in some time spent in his home state tonight as he plays a show with his band Yellow Ostrich at Turner Hall, just three years shy of giving Milwaukeeans multiple chances of catching him as an Appleton resident wheeling around with his band The Chairs, who were a hefty precursor to his popular new band with the name of a bird. Between covering Neutral Milk Hotel on The Chairs’ covers album Can We Be Friends? and making music steeped in sensibilities set by Andrew Bird and Wilco, alike, Schaaf headed East, picking up band mates Michael Tapper and Jon Natchez shortly after, and used his wicked vocal looping skills and frenetic guitar strummings to create new music. Intricately layered and wonderfully catchy, Yellow Ostrich ebbs and flows and rocks and pops for an engaging listening experience, especially live. Listen to “Hahahaohoho” from Yellow Ostrich’s debut Barsuk release, The Mistress, below and listen live at Turner tonight.
Yellow Ostrich plays with Tennis and Sharon Van Etten tonight at the Turner Hall Ballroom. 8pm. All-ages.