Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:05

Surf Best Bet: Los Straitjackets

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Los Straitjackets and Deke Dickerson wsg The B-Sides
Tip Top Deluxe, Grand Rapids
Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Facebook event page, (616) 272-3910

Despite what’s suggested by its name, Los Straitjackets is anything but tied down and restricted of movement. In fact, as one of the most innovative, retro-fitting rock outfits in the current game as we know it, this fearsome fivesome wouldn’t last too long in the sterile confines of a mental institution. Active since 1988, the Straits show signs of neither stopping down nor slowing – an album release in 2012 and subsequent nonstop touring has ensured that Los Straitjackets will almost certainly never lose its luster. Doesn’t hurt the group counts the likes of Conan O’Brien among its fans; the beloved late night host even picked the band to play accompanying seasonal music on each of his holiday shows, back in the '90s. (You know, before Jay Leno pulled a late night Nero.) If lush, multi-instrumental surf rock is your thing, you might want to unwind for the evening with a performance from this gang of insanely talented musicians.

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