Indie Rock© has been mining my mother's record collection for the past four or five years, finding all the mellow sounds that would've ruled a station with the call sign KINK back in '86, so it makes sense that we've reached the early '90s Bonnie Raitt-era of R&B. How do you say a band reminds you of Kenny Loggins without sounding like a lout looking for a reaction? You don't. Especially when it also sounds a little like Crowded House. Not to mention the soundtrack to The Commitments. Before you go tossing your well-worn copy of Nick of Time through my office window, the previous sentences are meant as compliments.
In bars all over the country, and Denmark, wannabe R&B bands perform every weekend and suck soul from the world with covers of classics buried by muddled horns that randomly honk notes or by passionate Michael Bolton-esque wails meant to convey emotion or horniness. However, what the Seattle-based Pickwick does is particularly difficult, because what Pickwick does is tasteful. They forge original R&B tunes that aren't histrionic or "grown and sexy." They make the old new again. They play music you and your mother can agree on when she comes over for dinner.
Pickwick performs at the Palace Sat., Mar. 10, at 9 PM, with Sick Kids XOXO and Kevin Koutnik. $5.