‘Roo Preview: Alberta Cross

With just under a month to go until the tenth anniversary of Bonnaroo, we’re finally getting into our countdown and what better place to start than a band that is also doing a residency at The Satellite in Los Angeles this month?

That band is Alberta Cross and their contagious indie blues Americana rock album Broken Side of Time has infected my headphones and car stereo for the last week. The five piece are based in New York, but original formers Petter Ericson Stakee and Terry Wolfers were bred from a European rock background.

A listen to their full length, Broken Side of Time, which was released in September 2009, invites comparisons to groups like The Raconteurs and The Band – although I’d say Cross sits in a slightly edgier, rougher space. Understandably, the band has shared stages with acts like Ben Harper & The Relentless 7, Them Crooked Vultures, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as a result.

Check out songs like “Song 3Three Blues” to get a taste – and then buy their record directly from them at their webstore. Unfortunately the 180 Gram Vinyl and the Deluxe Edition are both sold out…but the CD or digital download are well worth it. If you’re going to the ‘Roo, you’re going to want to be familiar with these songs. And if you’re not going, you may want to be familiar with them for Sasquatch Music Festival or the traveling Dave Matthews Band event.

If you’re in Los Angeles, get familiar in person ever Tuesday this May at The Satellite. Coming up on the 17th they share stage with local westsiders Chasing Kings as well as Sunny War. And for their final installment on the 24th they are joined by Rumspringa, Last American Buffalo and Catwalk. Tickets for The Satellite shows are $10 and tickets for Bonnaroo X are still available through Bonnaroo’s website for $249.50 + applicable fees.

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