Editors' pick

These United States


Editorial Review

Someone should remind Jesse Elliott that it's 2009 and not 1966. Actually, scratch that. Let the frontman of local rockers These United States keep up his prolific recording pace of yesteryear. Saturday's show at the Black Cat marks the release of "Everything Touches Everything," the third full-length offering in 18 months from TUS. Elliott's albums always sound a bit different -- the new one features relatively glossy, hook-filled rockers, following previous explorations of jangly alt-country and electronic-tinged indie-pop -- but a distinctly romantic vision of America remains the defining characteristic of the band's sound. TUS's live shows regularly take on a hootenanny feel, and that should especially be the case at tonight's celebration.

--David Malitz (Aug. 2009)