John Ralston


John Ralston performs on Thursday, December 13, as part of the 9th anniversary party for at City Limits, 19 NE 3rd Ave., Delray Beach. Summer Blanket, Catalonia, and Black Finger are also on the bill. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free. For more info, visit, or call 561 279-8222.

Local indie-rock fans have long since considered soft-toned rocker John Ralston as a hometown hero. As a native of Lake Worth, he's rocked out South Florida's scene for years, opening for, and occasionally headlining with, other local-but-exploited acts like Dashboard Confessional and Legends of Rodeo. But now Ralston has honed in on a sound and style of his own: one that blends four-track-style harmonies with background violins and slow-charging beats. He's mastered the role of full-frontal indie icon, and his last album, Needle Bed, even included a downloadable box of chocolates, so that everyone who cares enough to support him knows that he loves them. And let's face it: You can't get more indie than that. So in a sense, he's your high school boyfriend (except that Ralston grew up, cut a hit record with Vagrant Records, and then went on tour with Ben Lee, while yours is still living at his mom's house, scribbling in his journal). He's playing a show this Thursday with fellow local rockers Black Finger, Catalonia, and Summer Blanket, and it's all celebrating Steve Rullman's 40th, er, we mean, 39th-one-more-time birthday, and also the 9th anniversary of his stellar website, That's a lot of local goodness all wrapped up in one party, so for all those music lovers out there with hometown pride, this is the place to be.

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