Sunday, July 12, 2009

7/14: Rosewood Thieves at Wilbert's

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 8:00 AM

There’s a certain sepia quality to the name Rosewood Thieves, conjuring up images of some long-ago gang of western outlaws. While this New York City-based band has some twang, its musical roots are mostly from rock’s golden ’60s. The cover art for the 2006 debut EP, From the Decker House, aped ’60s-era Columbia releases, the title itself a nod to the Band’s Music From Big Pink. Listen to their music, and you know that they’ve spent hours with classic Dylan, Beatles and Band albums; frontman Erick Jordan’s voice frequently sounds like a Lennon/Dylan hybrid. Their new EP still finds them foraging rock’s past, but also expanding their musical territory some. Heartaches by the Pound is a terrific six-track EP devoted to the songs of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Solomon Burke, and covering the “King of Rock & Soul” proves to be an inspired concept. While you can still hear the Beatles and Dylan influences, the band dirties up its sound with a heavier garage-pop vibe that’s supported by soulful grooves. The Rosewood Thieves can easily appeal to both classic-rock hippies and young Americana hipsters. Ashes start the show at 9 p.m. at Wilbert’s (812 Huron Ave. 216.902.4663). Tickets: $8. — Michael Berick

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