A couple of interesting young songwriters, one with local connections, are going to be playing unheralded but promising shows tonight in Sactown.
The less-familiar is a guy named Steve Poltz, who local drummer Tom Monson recommended via email today. He's been around awhile, first with a band called the Rug Burns, and now solo, which is working out pretty well for him - he's got a song in a Jeep commercial. Here's the track, called "You Remind Me."
He'll be at Old Ironsides at 10th and S tonight. Check out his website, poltz.com.
Another good young singer-songwriter is Matt Costa, a friend of Jack Johnson's and a one-time Sacramentan. He's got quite a way with a chord change, this one - he reminds me of Pete Yorn. And most of his new album, Unfamiliar Faces, was written in Sacramento. Most of his videos have been taken off the table by his label (Johnson's Brushfire Records), but this one was still embeddable. Check out "Sweet Thursday" on YouTube as well as "Mr. Pitiful." Or watch his other videos at his official website. He's at Sac State, in the Student Union, tonight at 7:30. He'll also be singing at Dimple Records, 2433 Arden Way, at 6:30 tonight.