Voting has officially ended for this year's Best Music Poll: results will be announced in May, a few days before our annual BMP Concert extravaganza (bands: Death Cab, POTUSA, Amanda Palmer, Bob Mould, and two of the winners from the Poll.) To tide you over, we'll be rolling out live video of some of our fave BMP acts, taken from a couple of Best Music Poll showcase concerts. (Next BMP showcase: Hallelujah the Hills and Pretty & Nice, April 12 at Great Scott.)
We're kicking these off with Tulsa's epic cover of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me," recorded last weekend at the Middle East downstairs. Truth be told, we didn't know it was a cover until we Google'd the lyrics. Having YouTube'd the original, we can say that this practically qualifies as a brand-new song: they've retained the lyrics and the broad outlines of the structure but stretched the original's Bakersfield/honky-tonk rampage into a smoldering, autumnal rave-up that sounds as if it could've come from the Magnolia Electric Co. songbook:
Tulsa, "Oh Lonesome Me (Don Gibson cover; live at the Middle East)"
COMING SOON: Viva Viva live at the Middle East