My wonderful boyfriend is educating me on the era of rock that I missed growing up... last night he wanted to see The New York Dolls (who I had never heard of) and opening for them was a group called The Cliks. 2 women and a transgender man (lead singer Lucas Silveira) made the best music I've heard in a long time! Don't get me wrong, the New York Dolls were HIGHLY entertaining... but Lucas's vocals in addition to his extreme skill on lead guitar just knocked my socks off! He has such range, unique perspective and has gone through so much to get where he is. You can feel the passion and emotion when he sings, and besides being a really talented singer, this group can ROCK OUT. The drummer was equally amazing throwing in fills and additional beats that could have easily been left out. The melodies take unexpected turns and alternate between sweet and sultry and just hard core. None of the songs are predictable and all have such a unique and tasty flavor, I just can't get enough!
Here are a couple great articles: A Band That Clicks and Cliks Lead Singer Silveira: Welcoming Change (NPR - great interview with Lucas).
I really hope whoever reads this will check them out: http://thecliks.com