by Stefano Giovannini, via www.myspace.com/thepostmarks photo by Andrew Paynter, via www.myspace.com/johnralston
John Ralston, meanwhile, hails from Lake Worth, and got his start playing around town in the seemingly forever-on-hiatus quartet Legends of Rodeo. As that band became inactive, Ralston began to write and record his own solo material, thoughtful pop creations with more than a little hint of Brian Wilson. His last record, Sorry Vampire, was released on Vagrant Records in late 2007. On it, Ralston's backed by a full band, and warm aural pillows of intricate textures -- some songs feature up to 100 tracks. Seeing him live, then, uncovers a different interpretation of the tunes every time.
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The Postmarks and John Ralston. With Brookville. Friday, February 13. Respectable Street Café, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Show starts at 8 p.m.Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Ages 18+ with ID. 561-823-9999; www.respectablestreet.com