When: Fri., March 25, 9 p.m. 2011
The story behind More Strange News From Another Star, the latest release by local indie pop chameleon James Wallace, is about as unlikely as any you'll hear about a record this year. Conceptualized in China and recorded in Richmond, Virginia, Strange News was meant for release on cassette in Beijing last May through Tagteam Records. Tagteam disappeared off the face of the planet and the tape never came to fruition — until now. Wallace's orchestral folk-pop hymns are understated, yet distinctly charming in a way that recalls singer/songwriters like Paul Simon. Wallace's story-songs weave Southern folk and avant-pop with an Eastern influence that frequently reminds you of the Chinese connection that never quite happened. There's good reason why the bloggerati at We Own This Town declared Strange News as a contender for their Top 10 of 2010 list (if only it had been released). Dawn Kinnard and Fly Golden Eagle open.