Eric Anderson of Cataldo is going to be headlining the High Dive tonight; Paige Richmond calls his music "downright infectious" and "totally lovable." I'm personally more interested in the openers though -- out of Long Beach, California, the folk-pop outfit (with eight members at last count) The Red River has recently caught my attention. Their songs reflect their place of origin, bringing to mind a warm, hazy day at the beach. Lead vocalist Bill Roberts poetically says of their tunes:
It's impossible for us to hold our lives in our hands. You go to the beach and feel this crazy sense of awe and you want to reach out and put your arms around it but you can't, it's bigger than you... I think this is what the album is at its best. A memento of my time spent in Long Beach, which also happens to be the exact duration of my entire life.
"That album" would be the Red River's upcoming full-length Little Songs From The Big Picture, which hits stores November 2 via Brave Records. In the meantime, you can check out a few of their songs on their MySpace page -- the gentle, lulling melodies will appeal to fans of Sufjan Stevens or Calexico, and I love the grandiosity of "The Way Things Are."
Cataldo & The Red River play the High Dive tonight with Drew Victor. The show starts at 9:30 and tickets are $7.