MUSIC BOX: South of France plays Juggernaut’s party

By on March 19, 2013
South of France play Juggernauts benefit.

South of France play Juggernauts benefit.

When producer/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Cormack first scored transitional music for a Teton Gravity Research ski flick, his indie noise pop project, South of France, was just a seed. It was when TGR’s The Dream Factory rolled around that, in addition to crafting sequence music, South of France’s song “Kings” was placed in the film.

With the release of South of France’s debut LP, Another Boring Sunrise, there’s been a surge of press about the band. After all, the group is stopping in Teton Village on its way to Treefort Music Fest, the newfound showcase of trending, underground indie bands. How Comack and vocalist/keyboardist Kelly Lueke came to be musical partners is a meant-to-be scenario that plays the fate card.

The original female vocalist in South of France wasn’t interested in playing live shows. Before long, offers to play live urged Comack to play the field for a new female role. A music writer friend in L.A. suggested that Comack connect with Lueke, who was exploring her muse in the L.A scene.

“Kelly was flying back and forth from L.A. to re-record the vocal parts [on Another Boring Sunrise], and then a number of big opportunities were lining up for fall [of 2012], and so she quit her job and moved here [to Boulder, CO],” Comack explained.

Aesthetically and atmospherically, South of France brings to mind Beach House as well as fellow Denver-based female/male surf pop duo, Tennis. Tennis relies on key-heavy bounce beats and female lounge vocals, whereas South of France’s studio sound is more reverb-drenched indie pop, adorned with layers of dense instrumentation.

A three-piece during the live show that includes drummer Matt Jeffries, South of France utilizes loops and midi triggers via iPad to round out a sound that demands multi-tasking.

South of France, 9:30 p.m., Friday, at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. A benefit for Jackson’s roller derby team, The JH Juggernauts. Get there early for the silent auction (4 to 8 p.m.), and folk-grass quintet The Flannel Attractions (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.). Free.

Singer-songwriter triple threat at the Center

Not unlike longtime friend Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter’s songs fall into the realm of pleasant feel good music, usually gripping an “everything’s going to be O.K.” message. The notion of filling a cabin-fevered audience full of optimism is only a glimpse of the sun and the beach, a gateway into the love-inspired, kitchen sink percussion, folk-pop vibe of his latest release, Start Livin’.

A deeply introspective songwriter, I’ll be attending this show solely from listening to Rayland Baxter for about 30 minutes. Do yourself a favor and check out his 2012 release, Feathers & Fishhooks.

Donovan Frankenreiter, Rayland Baxter and Eric Tollefson, 7 p.m., Monday, at the Center Theater. $25-$55. or 733-4900.

Intergalactic has a Ball on the West Bank

Lights, lasers, dazzling visual displays worthy of a flashback or two, three heady deejays, and a costume affair that will partially benefit Sky People Higher Education, the Intergalactic Ball has matured into one of spring’s notable events.

A familiar name in the West Coast bass music community, The Librarian (Andrea Graham) produces a unique blend of bass music that is rooted in low-end frequencies and soulful melody.

Nomadic Events presents the 7th Annual Intergalactic Ball featuring DJs The Librarian, PRSN, and Jefe, 10 p.m., Saturday, at Q Roadhouse. $15 advance (, $25 at the door.

King of Pop tribute

No other town I’ve lived in or visited gets a kick out of tribute bands more than Jackson Hole. In the Center for the Arts? Michael Jackson?! You bet. A YouTube confirmation of Jackson’s imitator, Joseph Bell, confirms one thing for sure: this dude has serious dance moves. Bell can also hit all of the high notes, appeared in the TV movie The Jacksons: An American Dream, and is a spitting image of the King of Pop. This looks like quite a production that has sold-out more than 50 shows across the UK, including London’s O2.

Who’s Bad, 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Center Theater. $25 to $35. or 733-4900.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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