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Pearl Charles, Acid Tongue and Ari Roar land at Andy’s

Pearl Charles, Acid Tongue and Ari Roar land at Andy’s

Ari Roar performs at Andy's Bar on the square Monday night. The band is orginally from Dallas but has returned from Portland after being there for a year and a half.

Pearl Charles, Acid Tongue and Ari Roar land at Andy’s
March 07
15:28 2018

For anyone who was looking for something to do on a quiet weeknight, Andy’s Bar was the place to be on Monday.

Three artists performed at the intimate venue – Ari Roar and Acid Tongue, indie pop and rock artists respectively, opened for headliner Pearl Charles, an artist with a mixture of a folk-rock and psychedelic pop sound. They swooned hearts, ignited flames of desire and evoked longings of freedom with honeyed lyrics.

With long blonde hair tucked under a baseball cap and a sweet smile, Caleb Ian Campbell, lead singer of Ari Roar, took the stage.

Campbell is a Dallas native who moved to Seattle for a short period of his life, but has recently come back to Dallas, performing at his old stomping grounds like Andy’s Bar.

“I’ve walked with him through his journey [in] Denton music, so I’ve known [the band] for a long time,” said concertgoer Colin Wheeler.

With its sweet and affectionate tones, Ari Roar’s music relaxed the audience in a way almost reminiscent of The Beatles.

“I’ve always been a big Beatles fan,” Campbell said.

Ari Roar joined the Golden Brown Label, an independent record label and production studio founded in Portland, Oregon, and now based in Los Angeles, California.

According to the band’s page on the record label’s website, Denton had significant influence on Campbell in the beginnings of his music career. His closest friends are the ones he met in North Texas as Denton became the driving force of much of Campbell’s inspiration and motivation. Moving in and out of the city for jobs and various other bands landed Campbell in Dallas again, which is where he fell deeper and deeper into his musical pursuits.

“Feels good to play in Dallas again,” Campbell said. “Although, playing everywhere feels good, too. It all begins to feel like one big community the more you play out of town.”

Coincidentally enough, Ari Roar’s fellow opening act, Acid Tongue also has ties to the northwest. The psychedelic folk-rock rock band is based out of Seattle, Washington, and is comprised of two singers/guitarists, Guy Keltner and Ian Cunningham.

With hair and tight jeans, Acid Tongue rolled onto the stage as the second act of the night. Their performance and music screamed of true-to-nature garage rock with an air of sophistication.

With lyrics and high-frequency vocal styles, the band’s sound was coupled by electric twinges on the guitar as Acid Tongue embodied the traditional idea of what a rock band is. The bar was filled with the sounds of organized chaos, and the intimate venue was sucked into the hot air of the psychedelic realm created on stage. Though just the two of them make up the band, Keltner and Cunningham focused on spreading out and taking full advantage of the space on the stage.

Pearl Charles performs at Andy’s Bar on the Square Monday night. Charles is an alternative/indie artist from Los Angeles, California. Kelsey Shoemaker

Closing out the night was Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Pearl Charles.

Supported by her live band, Charles formed a cohesive and almost tangible ambiance of cosmic Americana and adult angst. Andy’s Bar seemed to be almost transformed into a perpetual casual party as she sang.

Music website NME describes her as “a stoner Lana del Rey or a Jenny Lewis with grit.”

Charles began her set with one of her older songs, “You Can Change” from her 2015 self-titled debut album before rolling into her more recent work off her latest album, “Sleepless Dreamer.”

Released just last month, “Sleepless Dreamer” is a compilation of 10 songs mostly inspired by love that doesn’t always seem to make it. Of the songs Charles performed at Andy’s from the new record was “Beginner’s Luck,” to which she described as, “When you’re in the beginning of a relationship … it never lasts long enough.”

Pearl Charles is currently embarking on a southwest tour with Acid Tongue with upcoming dates scheduled for both San Antonio and Houston.

Featured Image: Ari Roar performs at Andy’s Bar on the Square Monday night. The band is originally from Dallas but has returned from Portland after being there for a year and a half. Kelsey Shoemaker

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