The show began like the other times I've seen them, the Dirty Birds firing off their horn-drenched intro jam. Arleigh "Sister Sparrow" Kincheloe usually remains backstage before her swaggering entrance, but with no place to hide, she joined the boys, spiritedly banging on a cowbell. Arleigh approached the mic and asserted, "I need y'all to clap your hands with me now," before launching into "The Long Way," the EP's hard-hitting single. They followed it with a new tune, "Don't Be Jealous," which proved a nice springboard for some squealing interplay between guitarist Sasha Brown and harmonica-player Jackson Kincheloe. "We're only three songs in; I'm sweating my ass off," admitted Arleigh, grabbing a towel. Where many would've taken the chance to cool things down with a slower song, the band cranked up the temperature with one of their most fiery numbers, "Make It Rain." "Mama Knows" brought things to a soulful simmer, Arleigh powering through a hint of laryngitis. Her cousin Bram drumrolled into the night's standout, "Boogie Man," which culminated in Arleigh clanging her tambourine against the pipes above. "Borderline" was another vehicle for Jackson's freight train harmonica, and trombonist Ryan Snow transported us to New Orleans for a steaming serving of "Crawdaddies." "I want y'all to please be advised, it's a low hanging ceiling. You too, Dirty Birds," admonished Arleigh. About to embark on a clockwise tour of the US, the band fittingly charged into a "Road Trip" that had everyone chanting and clapping against their Solo cups. Fight may be a misnomer for the EP. Your ears will welcome it without hostility.
SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS - 10.03.13 - MILK STUDIOS JAM ROOM (48 minutes, 27 seconds)
Intro > The Long Way / Don't Be Jealous / Make It Rain / Mama Knows > Boogie Man / Borderline / Crawdaddies / Road Trip