The Side Arms

Broody Blues from Walker Lukens

How 'bout a little guitar growlin' blues for your evening, from local front man Walker Lukens? As Lukens and backing band The Side Arms prepare for a big show with Bright Light Social Hour at Stubb's on March 27 (Do512 is giving away some tickets here, if yer clicking finger is feeling lucky), these guys have been making the rounds of online music shows and making waves. We've recently seen a couple of performances at KUTX, along with the one below recorded for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. In said vid we see this band that just crackles with talent putting out a pared down but anything-but-simple version of their tune "Jacket on Your Shoulder," and looking like they're havin' a goddamn good time doing it. These guys are really getting their name out there at the moment, and their sound is blues that sometimes invokes a little Spoon and isn't afraid to put some tech into an oldschool sound (check out Lukens' looping skills in the vid below). Lukens et al. have been puttin' in good, hard work over the last few years (we talked about him in 2013, here), and with big shows like the Stubb's one and not one, but two records set to come out by the man in 2015, this may be the year that takes Lukens and The Side Arms from local staples to a big-time act.