world scene: extra golden
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008

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After receiving some love in the general blog community, this pysch rock afro-pop act has our attention. Hailing from Kenya, they are like a legitamate, more authentic Vampire Weekend, similar to the sound that all of Graceland tried to capture (we think). Hopefully, the interest in this breed of musical styling isn't just a passing fad; we think Extra Golden is a band to watch.

The band formed in 2004, and since then, has continued to advance the genre most of us know as "afro-pop," or "that style that those Columbia kids imitated to great success." Well, this may be the real deal. The music is sprinkled with the African drum grooves, the different-yet-instantly-recognizable guitar riff, and of course, the shuffle beat, but with some clear American rock influences. Add some pretty chilled out vocals, and you've got Extra Golden. Although they hail from the other side of the Atlantic, these guys are poised for North American success, with past dates including Bonnaroo (definitely a trendsetter), and future dates at American fests like Pitchfork, 10,000 Lakes, and Celebrate Brooklyn! and Out of Doors right here in our own backyard (the latter is at Lincoln Center. Not to mention a tour including many other US dates. Plenty of chances to catch the action. -joe puglisi

Extra Golden on Tour

6/24 - Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA
6/25 - Holocene - Portland, OR
6/26 - The Marquee Room (Sled Island Festival) - Calgary, AB
6/29 - Festival Mestico, Casa da Musica - Porto, Portugal
7/04 - Fabrik - Hamburg, Germany
7/05 - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, Denmark
7/06 - Metropolis Festival - Rotterdam, Netherlands
7/18 - Der Rathskeller - Madison, WI
7/19 - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival) - Chicago, IL
7/20 - Concert of Colors - Detroit, MI
7/21 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
7/23 - 10,000 Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, MN
7/26 - Forecastle Festival - Louisville, KY
7/28 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
7/30 - Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA
7/31 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
8/03 - Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival - Brooklyn, NY
8/20 - Lincoln Center Out of Doors - New York, NY

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Extra Golden on Myspace

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