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High Sierra Music Festival 2010 was one of the highlights of my young life, and one of the highlights of High Sierra Music Festival 2010 was Trampled by Turtles.

So, by the transitive property, Trampled by Turtles effin rock, and you’d be a fool not to check out the Minnesota thrashgrass maestros when they visit Harlow’s Thursday night. 

"Yes, you in the back, in the "Beck" t-shirt?"

"It’s Billy. What, the Hell, is Minnesota thrashgrass?"

"Well, Billy, I’m glad you asked. Minnesota thrashgrass is bluegrass, as played by the AK47-weilding future viking straddling the space unicorn on the side of this van."

"Could you extrapolate on that a bit?"

"Sure can Billy! TBT are a classic five piece bluegrass band. Guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. They play bluegrass music, but they play fast. Really fast. And dirty. Really dirty. I thought I made that clear with my space viking analogy. . . "

 "Sounds gimmicky"

 "That’s enough out of you, Billy. Face the corner, put the "idiot" cap on. You know the drill. TBT’s 2010 album, Palolmino, was, in my humble opinion, one of the best albums of the year. It is chock full of supremely catchy, heart-filled, beautiful songs. (Beautiful songs that make you wanna slap bags of Franzia and gargle bourbon, but beautiful songs nonetheless). I defy you to listen to "Wait So Long" or "Help You" without tapping your toes, fingers, and anything else you’ve got available to you. Class dismissed. Not you Billy."

As good as their album is, their live performances are better. I’m driving two hours back up to Sacramento for the show, and I’d drive further. This is going to be a humdinger of a barnburner. I can’t wait.

Trampled By Turtles is playing Harlow’s Nightclub, Thursday the 19th, 9:00PM. Tickets are  $12.00.

Be sure to get there on time, because Nashville’s indie-bluegrass-rockers, The Apache Relay, are opening, and all signs point to them being dope as well.

I’ll see you on the dance floor.

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