Four long names, one man on stage.
Preparing for SXSW, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson took stage at the Black Cat in Washington DC. When I say Miles, however, I mean just Miles. He was on stage with just two guitars, a keyboard, and a music stand. The lone Oregon songwriter opened the show with a bare bones cover of Tom Pettys “Wild Flowers”, which came off natural, given the similar vocal range of Robinson’s to that of Petty’s. Robinsons music, however, seemed highly synthesized, giving an atmosphere that was earlier flooded with fast paced bands a chance to cool off. And while the lyrically heavy songs were not much for dancing, the audience instead paid close attention and listened intently. If the guy’s luck continues, folks at SXSW this week will be treated to a pleasant surprise.