Sounds Like: Annabouboula, Magges, Kristi Stassinopoulou / Κρίστη Στασινοπούλου, Mode Plagal, Chicha Libre
Label: Byzan-Tone Records
Bio: For thousands of years, a secret cult of musician-mystics has zealously guarded the sources of most of the world's most popular musical forms. But in around 2004, for unknown reasons, guitarist and musicologist George Barba Yiorgi, a long-time acolyte of this musical underground, decided to final...See Full Bio
"After a long hiatus, a reconfigured version of psychedelic Greek surf/rebetiko rockers the Byzan-tones has made a scorching comeback in recent weeks. Their show at Otto’s in early August was off the hook and got a rave review here; a couple of weeks later at Zebulon, they were even better. The electric oud is sorely missed, but they’re incorporating more and more of the virtuosity of new guitarist Steve Antonakos into the show, a good idea considering his extensive background playing this kind of stuff with Magges. It was a feast of scary chromatics, and frontman/guitarist George Sempepos was getting all kinds of praise for his brooding baritone vocals."