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It didn’t take long for me to find a band I’d never before heard that I really liked at Lincoln Calling this year. Exactly one song from the first group I saw at the festival’s opening show.

That band is Desert Noises, a four-piece outfit who “drove all the way from Utah to be here” in the words of frontman Kyle Henderson. Desert Noises has been to Lincoln before -- as the references to Duffy’s Tavern indicated. But I’d not seen them until Tuesday and I now wish I had.

Desert Noises bio says they are influenced by Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. But I hear more than in their music -- some Gin Blossoms, perhaps, maybe a little early Wilco. In any case, it’s jangly, spacious rock ‘n’ roll that veers from dance it up boogie to the power pop of a song Henderson said was about scientist Stephen Hawking.

There was nothing about the band’s 45 minute set I didn’t like -- and after introducing a song that will be released on 7-inch vinyl, Henderson said “when it’s out, we’ll be back, probably in the front room.” That, according to the Bourbon’s Jeremiah Moore will be in December. I’ll be there.

It’s way too early to make my “fell in love with a band” designation for Lincoln Calling 2012 -- it’s only one show on the first night of six. But Desert Noises may be the one.

The Utahans preceded Ivan & Alyosha on the Bourbon main room stage. I & A, the Seattle pop band, is now a five piece, up one member from the last time I saw them, and delivers an even bigger wall of pop sound with three guitars -- one acoustic -- and four vocalists creating lots of harmonies.

Ivan & Alyosha’s set mixed old songs with tunes to be released on their forthcoming Dualtone Records debut album. As always, they were wicked tight and energetic, bringing their American brand of Anglo pop.

That made for a very satisfying first night for Lincoln Calling. Stay tuned for more blogs and tweets through the rest of the week.

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