The Blow

On their Myspace, The Blow describes their sound as "Tropical/R&B/Jam Band." Not quite. I view them as more of an electronica, twee duo, but hey, what's in a label anyway. The Blow consists of Khaela Maricich and Jona Bechtolt, another one of those guy/girl deals. If Matt & Kim are the evil, cynical Mates of State, The Blow are the adolescent Mates of State struggling with middle school crushes and heartbreaks. Khaela provides the vocals for the band, and though stylistically sharing a little sister vibe with Kori Gardner, she sounds a lot more like a female version of Forrest Kline of hellogoodbye. I don't want to say they sound immature, because they don't-- both Khaela and Jona have been established for a while with their bands The Microphones and Y.A.C.H.T., respectively. But however experienced and weathered they may be in reality, through their music, The Blow sounds endearingly innocent and sweet.

mp3 Hey Boy
mp3 Parantheses
mp3 True Affection

Upcoming Shows (they stretch out all the way to June, holy fuck)

Feb. 27 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
Feb. 28
Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
Mar. 1
Brandeis University (Chums) Waltham, MA
Mar. 2
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
Mar. 3 Fordham University Bronx, NY
Mar. 5
Williams College Williamstown, MA
Mar. 6 Alumnae Ballroom Wellseley, MD
Mar. 7 NYU-Shorin Auditorium New York, NY
Mar. 8 Haverford College- Lunt Haverford, PA
Mar. 9 First Unitarian Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 24 Gravity Festival Vienna
Mar. 25 KLUB007 Strahov Prague
Mar. 26 Fruhauf Leipzig
Mar. 29 Teatre Lloseta Mallorca
Mar. 30 Salagades Malaga
Mar. 31 [2] Barcelona
Apr. 7 LAB Copenhagen
Apr. 12 Debaser Malmo
Apr. 13 Pusterviksbaren Gothenburg
Apr. 14 Debaser Stockholm
Apr. 16 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin
Apr. 18 Point Ephemere Paris
Apr. 19 Conforte Moderne Poitiers
Apr. 20 Abordage Evreux
Apr. 23 Maria Berlin
Apr. 24 Fundbureau Hamburg
Apr. 24 Gebaude9 Cologne
Apr. 30 Lumnaire London
May 14 Bard College Annondale, NY
May 15 Irving Plaza New York, NY
May 16 The Paradise Lounge Boston, MA
May 17 La Salla Rossa Montreal, Quebec
May 18 Lee's Palace Toronto, Ontario
May 19 The Magic Stick Detroit, MI
May 27 Richard's On Richards Vancouver, BC
May 28 Doug Fir Portland, OR
Jun. 8 Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, PA


Soyea Khaela is the arist-in-residence at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. She is also a blogger who writes quite well. Visit her blog.