So last night I went to see The National here in town and they were great (as expected). Slightly less expected was how great the opener was. The band is Buke and Gass
. They are a duo that play all homemade instruments and use homemade amps. The female lead singer plays a "Buke" which is a modified baritone ukelele that has had a couple strings added, and she wears bells on her ankle so when she stomps they ring. The male member plays a "Gass" which is a guitar modified to add two bass strings. He also plays a kick drum that has had a snare and a tamborine mounted inside it so when he hits the drum they all ring.
It sounds crazy, and it is, but it is also fascinatingly awesome. I picked up their CD and it is as good as the show was, so I highly recommend checking them. They said last night was their first show outside of New York state, but they are in Milwaukee with the National tonight and playing somewhere in Chicago on Saturday.