The third time was the charm for me to finally see Charlottesville indie duo Birdlips (thank you, Les Enfants Terrible!).
I already had plans the night they played The Triple and the night they played Rumors was the night I was diagnosed with pneumonia.
All signs were go last night for a really terrific set at The Camel.
And they didn't disappoint.
Birdlips has a densely layered sound and Cliff and Lindsay's voices are the perfect accompaniment to each other.
Clearly, they have a real fondness for the 60s and their lyrics come across as both insightful and intimate.
The small crowd was definitely into the performance; it was a shame more people didn't make it out to hear these extraordinary musicians.
Once word gets around about how amazing Birdlips' sound is, I expect to be shoulder to shoulder with a full house at future shows.
Opening was a newcomer to RVA, singer-songwriter Ward Combs from San Diego.
His set was engaging, the kind of direct and sincere music that would appeal to Iron and Wine fans.
Being a big fan of the 60s, he, too, was as impressed with the band as I was.
And while I don't have any music credibility, Ward is a musician, so trust him and check out Birdlips for yourself.
You'll undoubtedly see me there.