Stateside Presents


Valley Fever / Stateside Presents



Sun, December 2, 2012

9:00 pm

Yucca Tap Room

Tempe, AZ


This event is 21 and over

Some things are eternal. Love songs. California sunsets. The ukulele.

Leftover Cuties embody all of that goodness on their debut album Places To Go. Produced by Tony
Berg (Bob Dylan, Michael Penn, Jesca Hoop), the eleven breezy, sophisticated songs evoke a magic-
hour stroll on the beach with a special someone. Who knows what year it is? Who cares when the
songs are this sweet?

To call Leftover Cuties retro or throwback would be too easy, and frankly dismissive. Sure, the music
fits beside Billie Holiday, but it's also current in its sex appeal, its sophistication, its confidence. The
Cuties' music – plied with upright bass, accordion, the brushed drums, and yes, ukulele – is not
slavishly old-timey, but honors its forebears in the right way. Melody. Sharp playing. Stylized,
confident, character-laden singing.

When Leftover Cuties chanteuse Shirli McAllen steps to the microphone, she commands your
attention because she's got something to say. And a beguiling way of saying it. Sultry. Aching with
longing, yet in control. She's the Cuties' charmer-in-charge, and her silky voice hooks you from the
get-go. You keep looking to see bluebirds landing gently on her shoulder for a listen. You could
hardly blame them.

When McAllen first moved to Los Angeles from her native Israel (where she served in the army), she
was still finding her way musically. "I grew up listening to Israeli music, '90s grunge rock and singer
songwriters," she says. After a couple of years trying to make her mark in the city's crowded singer-
songwriter scene – a lot of good writers and singers, but not a lot of memorable personalities – she
struck up a friendship with multi-instrumentalist Austin Nicholsen.

"One day, Austin walks in with a ukulele," McAllen says, "I thought it was a toy. He started playing
and I started singing the lyrics. We wrote 'Game Called Life' in about five minutes."

With a newly defined musical direction, the duo dubbed themselves Leftover Cuties (more enigmatic
and distinctive than Old Clementines, and sweeter). Stuart Johnson (drums), Ryan Feves (bass), and
Mike Bolger (keys, horns, accordion) came on board to flesh out the sound, and the band was off and
running. In 2010, that sweet tune written on a napkin in five minutes was tabbed as the theme song
for the acclaimed Showtime series "The Big C" starring Laura Linney. The band's fan base swelled,
with fans emailing them from all over the world, and their live shows packing them in.

With a debut album that delivers on the promise of that early success, Leftover Cuties' journey has
just begun. They've got places to go…
RIYL: Reverend Horton Heat, Southern Culture on the Skids, Buddy Holly, Mojo Nixon and Elvis Presley

"With a classic rockabilly style, and a course, gin-soaked voice, Arizona's Al Foul has just released a solo album. After one listen, you will be left swimming in images of crinoline and sideburns with a grin from start to finish. 'The One, The Only' is an album with an unmistakable 50's flair, reminiscent of Elvis' glory days; but Al Foul has added his own style to bring in a distinctly modern feel." - Left of the Dial

"Al's rockabilly sound feels like it best suited as mood music for a good ol' white-trash bar. Maybe that explains that special thanks to Schlitz Beer in the liner notes... Al Foul and the Shakes are a cool sounding band, but are their songs too ridiculous? Like 'Pet Sounds', the Beatles' 'White Album', 'Led Zeppelin IV', and 'Back In Black', this is a landmark album in the annals of rock and roll. Or maybe not. - Agousti Music
Venue Information:
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ, 85282