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Oh Valentino

Oh Valentino

Slayton Johnson w/ Oh Valentino 

When: Fri., Jan. 17 2014

alt-frock, Americana

The husband-and-wife duo of Aaron and Christina O’Brien — a.k.a. Oh Valentino — are truly one of the unsung heroes of the Holy City music scene. They craft harmony-driven, folk-pop in the vein of Swell Season and the Civil Wars, and they do it every bit as good as those two acts. Frankly, it’s a shock that the pair aren’t already Charleston darlings. The question, of course, is why? “It’s a running joke that we are the worst self-promoters. I guess we’re just humble and very poor salespersons,” Aaron says. Although the duo has brought on a few musicians to help them expand their sound, there’s no denying the power of this pair. “It’s amazing what two people can do. It brings an instant intimacy to the music and adds a dynamic that brings everything to life,” Aaron notes. “We felt the new material we were writing needed something else. We teamed up with a local bass player, Phil Kelly, and percussionist Kris Manning to see if our two-piece could work as a four-piece. It really brought a lot of life to our sound, and we were able to write and perform in a new way. It all came together really well, and we’re excited about the sound we have.” One of the band’s standout tunes, “Au Contraire,” came out of those sessions; it’s a tune that’s sure to delight fans of the Once soundtrack. While Aaron and Christina are busy raising a family, they hope to have an LP of original material out in the fall. —Chris Haire FRIDAY

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