Sunday, January 15, 2017

Guest Best Of Top Ten Live Shows of 2016 #1: Mitski, Rock & Roll Hotel, 6/25

While I didn't make it out to many shows in 2016, mysterious special guest star The Paper sure did. I'm proud to highlight the ten shows of 2016 that made his list of favorite shows.

Before I dive into my number one show of 2016, I'd like to mention several that made the decision so agonizing.

1/15 The Max Levine Ensemble: When the crowd started moshing, David expressed gratitude at the enthusiasm but asked them to do so in an up and down direction instead of left and right. Enormous respect for choosing to make his show a safe space rather than bask in the rock star aesthetic.

3/13 Le Butcherettes: Terry Genderbender and company rock like no other. Arguably the best musicianship I have ever seen.

4/27 Near Northeast: My favorite music blog hosted this lovely show where I fell in love with these local darlings. Kelly sang her way into my heart while playing the violin and tambourine at the same time!

5/20 Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama: Ally Einbinder and Sadie Switchblade. Enough said.

5/24 Witching Waves: Emma reminds me of my favorite drummer. She plays with a palpable passion.

6/18 The Meltaways, Snail Mail: Snail Mail made #5 so obvious inclusion here but the highlight was
Beck putting superglue over a wound so they could keep playing!

7/15 Heinous Orca: Would anyone expect a band from Tennessee to play Totoro?

10/13 Margot MacDonald, The Seshen: I always had a weakness for one woman bands and Margot has a beautiful voice. The Seshen is simply lovely.

For 2017, I am hoping to see Best Coast, KING, Candy Hearts, In This Moment, Chazzy B, Lung, Didi, Lizzo and Uffie. Anyone I should see? Without further delay, my best show of 2016.

Seeing Mitski changed me.

It started in incremental ways. For as long as I can remember, percussion has always been my favorite so I was delighted to find that the drum kit sat to Mitski’s left instead of behind the band like so many others. I doubt Mitski shares my sentiment on the matter and the gesture is actually a statement. Each member of her band should be given the same appreciation. Callan and Casey certainly deserve it.

That said, Mitski held my attention. She doesn’t so much play the bass but communicate with and through it. She isn’t exactly the only musician capable of this feat except she doesn’t move much. Instead, she’s tenderly poised. In her presence, I felt a peaceful ache. I felt the brilliant introspection of her music coming alive. I felt myself falling in love with the bass like a body from the balcony. And ever since, I found myself studying bass players at shows.

And hundreds of study subjects later, none of them led to an unexpected discovery about my musical taste. Apparently at some point, without my noticing, I started demanding a fuller volume and fuzzier sound in the music I listen to. Watching and listening to Mitski strum the bass was able to evoke the introspective emotions necessary for me to articulate my liking certain bands. Such as local darlings Flowerbomb whom I saw in attendance.

“Fuck Stevey” may be the two most profound words ever uttered.

She was expressing disgust at a character in some TV show at the beginning of a song. I forget which song or what TV show because at the conclusion, before the guitar could fade out, Mitski started to profusely tell the audience “thank you” and “I love you”. She confessed that her earlier remark made her feel terrible throughout the entire song.

The sincerity she showed in her remorse astounded me on multiple levels. For one, no one would have dwelled on such an inconsequential comment. For another, it’s a fictional character, not an actual person. Finally, she reflected on her words essentially instantly while playing. That’s a superlative commitment to self-examination.

A long time ago, an English professor accused my essay of sexism. I dismissed the ridiculous claim. There was no way I could be sexist. I am a decent human being. It took me years to realize my exclusive usage of masculine pronoun is incredibly sexist. Years after that, I would shout out song names at my favorite band during shows. It’s been ages since I last demanded anything from any women on stage yet roughly two years ago when Trophy Wife was going on hiatus, I had emailed expressing my fear that they would eventually disband. At their last show before the hiatus, Katy stated that she and Diane will play for as long as they can. I was exuberant at the time. It wasn’t until over a year later that I realized the inappropriateness of my request. The worst part is that these events occurred years apart.

Each of us believe we are a good person. It’s really easy (read: lazy) not to question it. And in the event we realize a mistake or are called out, we often consider it an isolated incident. It takes enormous courage and humility to examine oneself. I am completely awed by Mitki’s behavior, especially given the urgency in which she reflected. It’s clear she has made a habit of it. How does she do it? More than anything else, it takes forgiveness and this last step may be the hardest. After we recognize and accept our mistake, it can lead to negative, even depressing, thoughts about our character, our intrinsic goodness. So we quickly bury it.

We must forgive ourselves and each other.

This act of self love will encourage us to examine our words and actions, no matter how trivial, more frequently until it becomes second nature as Mitski demonstrated so masterfully. Writing this has been gut-wrenching for me yet she gracefully tackled it on stage before a sold out crowd. Thank you Mitski, for showing me that goodness is a work in progress and for inspiring me to be better and finally lending me the courage and forgiveness to do so.

This has been a great year of live music. After 120 shows and over 430 bands, I reflect upon my top ten even though top 50 would have been much easier.

[words and photo of Moor Mother by The Paper]

[posted 1.6.17]

Video Of The Day #215: Cherry Glazerr

There's a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

We've probably all gotten busy listening to music, but what about taking it one step further. As in...with your Rickenbacker. It's the double take concept behind this video for Cherry Glazerr's excellent, hypnotically fuzzed "Nuclear Bomb." And it definitely gives new meaning to the idea of a girl and her guitar. 

As a reminder, DC, Cherry Glazerr is in town tonight, playing a SOLD OUT show at DC9. If you're going, I salute you.

[posted 1.15.17]

The Top 25 Records of Fuzzy Logic's Teen Years

Perhaps more than any other Facebook status update I've ever seen, the Top Ten Albums When You Were a Teenager list has been all over my feed for weeks now. After so much saturation, I couldn't help but start to think about what my own list might look like. And then, having had plenty of titles (and memories) pop into my head, I decided to write about it. 

Of course, I couldn't possibly adhere to the 10 records thing. Instead, my list features 25 records I held close to my heart during those formative teenage years. There is so much that I missed at the time that thankfully I've subsequently come to know and love, but following the parameters of the list a little, I am sticking with the timeframe of me, aged 13-19. 

And so, in alphabetical order by band, here's my Top 25 Teenage Records. It came as no surprise to me, and will probably come as no surprise to longtime readers, that the vast majority of the records here are by British bands. I started early.  

1. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

It may raise a few eyebrows to see the Liverpudlians on my list (especially since you won't see the Stones). But as a teenager, I closed my eyes and flew away listening to the Beatles and their version of psychedelic rock.

2. Beck - Odelay! 

Positively unavoidable when I was in high school. It seeped into my unconscious, and that was totally ok. 

3. Blur - Parklife

My Anglophilia started young, y'all. If it had a British accent, I was all over it. I can vaguely recall seeing Blur all the way back in 1997, and how amazing it was. This brazen, sarcastic pop tart of a record will probably always be my favorite of Blur's. 

4. The Charlatans - Tellin Stories

I was a faithful disciple of Q and Select and other British rags in the 90s, and so I went out and got my hands on whatever I could that I saw in said rags. The Charlatans has been a favorite band since the early 90s, and this cherished record filled with classics meant a great deal to me then and still means a great deal to me now. 

5. The Dandy Warhols - ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down

I can't tell you how much I listed to this CD. I'm surprised it's still playable. Another band I've been a fan of for 20 years now, this record blew my mind at the time and became a frequent companion as I transitioned from high school to college.

6. David Bowie - Hunky Dory

It's a story I've already told, but a band member from another band you'll see on this list got me hooked on Bowie the right way, starting with this one. Sassy, "Queen Bitch"-era David was a wonderful place to start, and I've loved him madly ever since.

7. The Doors - The Doors

Even as a young teenage girl, I was powerless to resist the velvet voice of Jim Morrison. I appreciate The Doors even more today, though they were quite a big deal to me as a youngin.

8. Garbage - Garbage

For some reason, my musical choices were pretty male-centric back in the day, but Shirley Manson still managed to rock my world. She was the sexy, self-assured, badass bosslady that teenage me dreamt of someday becoming, and still hope to be. 

9. Mansun - Attack of The Grey Lantern

The four Mansunites were just so different to everyone that I couldn't ignore them. There was something special to me about their debut record, and I was so dismayed when the fickle press turned their back on them. A little glam and a little fiery, this record has kept me coming back for 20 years.

10. Massive Attack - Mezzanine

In my humble opinion, this is one of the sexiest records ever made. It is dark and it is dangerous, and it has been a favorite for just about 20 years. And really, it feels like it hasn't aged one bit. Still an incredibly relevant listen.

11. Nirvana - In Utero

I was barely a teenager when this came out, but it made a huge impression on me, not just in terms of music. Nirvana managed to make a seismic impression on my generation, and there was a time you couldn't turn on the radio or turn on MTV (hey, millenials, MTV used to show actual music videos!) without hearing or seeing Nirvana. This one is timeless.

12. Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory? 

It's true. When I was 16 years old I was smitten with Liam Gallagher. "Wonderwall" was my favorite song. My first concert was Oasis. These days, I think Definitely Maybe is (very probably) my favorite Oasis record, but this song will be a favorite song for life. Probably the biggest deal song/record to me until I got to college.

13. Primal Scream - Vanishing Point

Whereas a great many people probably got their first Primal Scream experience with the divine dance trip of Screamadelica, my first Primals record was Vanishing Point. The gritty, grimy mindfuck was startling and wonderful. Still is.

14. Prodigy - Fat Of The Land

Confession: I used to dance around my house to this particular CD whilst holding my Discman for hours at a time. These former party kids turned their breed of dance music into big business, and I can still remember the intensity of seeing them at the 9:30 Club and HFStival at the height of their powers. And yes, I still throw this one on from time to time (no comment about the dancing, though).

15. Pulp - Different Class

Perhaps the smartest (and most authentic) of the Britpop bands, Pulp's take on modern life was wry and honest but also a whole lot of a good time. And o, Jarvis Cocker and that voice. I swoon even now.

16. Radiohead - The Bends

Right before Radiohead became RADIOHEAD and everyone hung on their every note (not that that's a bad thing), they put out The Bends. To me, this is an impeccable album. It shows hints of where Radiohead was to go next but also retains a certain simplicity (as opposed to the elaborateness that was to come). Even though I adored "Creep" as a young lass, this record sent me like few others.

17. Romeo & Juliet OST

As a teenager, this movie was it. Leo. Claire. Shakespeare. A great soundtrack. I might have actually liked the soundtrack even more than the movie itself, though the movie is such a huge touchstone in my teen years.

18. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness

Of all the bands on this list, I think I've cooled the most on Smashing Pumpkins. But still, I look back on this record as being incredibly influential in terms of my musical tastes then and now, and how it gave me an appreciation of full albums. I remember how special it felt to buy that fat double CD case, probably the closest thing to the experience of buying vinyl I had (until I started to buy vinyl, of course).

19. Spacehog - Resident Alien

At the time, I was charmed by Spacehog and their fabulously theatrical antics. All these years later, I still am. I loved this record, and "In The Meantime" was one of those Big Deal songs of my formative music listening years. Good fun.

20. Spiritualized - Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

Before I was enthralled with Spacemen 3, I was enthralled with Jason Pierce's post-Spacemen 3 outfit Spiritualized. The record looked cool in its packaging and sounded cooler. I didn't totally get it at the time, maybe I still don't, but damned if I don't adore this record.

21. Stone Temple Pilots - Core

Sometimes it can be easy to forget that STP was pretty darn good at the start. One of those records that got me hooked on dirty fuzz and scuzz and catchy licks. And badly behaved gentlemen. 

22. Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic

Of all the records on this list, this one should be the most obvious. I was in love with Fuzzy Logic in 1996, and it's stayed near and dear to me ever since. These Welsh spacecakes stole my heart with their kookily magnificent songs about drugs, Howard Marks, gravity, and bad behaviour.

23. Trainspotting OST

Like all good Britpop-obsessed Americans I became Trainspotting obsessed, which of course meant listening to the soundtrack nonstop and buying the book to boot. Arguably one of the best soundtracks of all time, this had a little bit of everything, from Iggy Pop to New Order to Primal Scream. Still an epic listen.

24. The Verve - Urban Hymns

Let me be clear, this is not my favorite Verve record. Not by a long shot and a mile. However, this is the Verve record that got the world's attention, and therefore got my attention, and therefore got me listening to the records that preceded it. All of which turned The Verve into arguably my favorite bands of my late teens and onwards. Plus, the video for "Bittersweet Symphony" is always and forever defiant and hard to ignore. And the Ashcroft haircut will always have a thumbs up.

25. Weezer - Weezer (Blue)

I still love this one. I remember listening to it repeatedly and earnestly. I was kind of one and done with Weezer, admittedly, but I still crush on this record.

And there you have it! Does your list look like mine? In any event, I hope you've enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane with me. In all honesty, I think the 90s produced a ridiculous amount of great music, and this list barely scratches the surface (though I think we can hopefully all agree that what's here is pretty darned good). And really, with the exception of Beatles and Doors records, this list is pretty much all 90s, all the time. I loved what was happening around me in terms of music (some of the fashion, however, I could have done without). 

[posted 1.15.17]

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Video Of The Day #214: The Mites

There's a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

How do you not love The Mites? This San Antonio outfit shreds like 90s indie and purrs like Lush at their dreamiest. The video for "Asphalt Ocean" looks the part, with boisterous images with a vintage feel providing visuals for this gritty, pretty nugget. It's flat-out scrumptious. 

[posted 1.14.17]

Newsworthy: 1/14/17

Have you heard the word? Here's a few items of interest you may want to know about.

The Raveonettes has announced a new record, 2016 Atomized, to be released as a digi album on February 17th and on CD and vinyl out April 21st and 22nd, respectively. The vinyl release is set to coincide with Record Store Day 2017.

Lo-fi North Carolina dream fuzzers elvis depressedly dropped a clutch of Left Coast dates. Support from Erik Phillips. Go see! 


3/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Junior High
3/17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
3/18 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Starry Nites Festival
3/19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
3/20 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
3/22 - Portland, OR @ PSU Parkway North
3/23 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom
3/24 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
3/26 - Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival

Oh, and there's a new Grandaddy song to listen to. The band will be in San Francisco on 2/26 (SOLD OUT), NYC on 2/28 and 3/2 (SOLD OUT), and also has some Euro dates on the schedule (many are, wait for it, already SOLD OUT).

[posted 1.14.17]

The Week In Shows: 1/16/17-1/22/17

A gray and icky Saturday morning seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

It's going to be an interesting week, my friends, to say the least. But we are resilient, and we will persevere. Just be safe, whatever you happen to be doing, especially next weekend. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the DC metro. And as a reminder, if you happen to see an asterisk by a show, I'll be there. You should too.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!

MONDAY, 1/16/17

-The Grasping Straws + Pagan Reagan (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 1/17/17

-Tom Chaplin (Ex-Keane) (Lincoln Theatre)
-Zach Williams (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 1/18/17

-The Lemon Twigs + Cut Worms (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Cigarette + Governess + Scanners (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 1/19/17

-TV Girl + Poppet + Johnny Fantastic (Black Cat)
-Disrupt J20: A Benefit for Diverse City Fund (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 1/20/17

-No Thanks: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sound Resistance (Black Cat)
-Steve Gunn + Lee Ranaldo + Meg Baird + Thurston Moore (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Anti-Inauguration (Lincoln Theatre - FREE)
-Power to The P Benefit for the Women's March on DC (DC9)
-Don't Tell Me This Town Ain't Got No Heart (some proceeds to Planned Parenthood and Electronic Frontier Foundation) (Gypsy Sally's)

SATURDAY, 1/21/17

-Laugh, Dance...then Get to Work Benefit for Planned Parenthood (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Susto + Heyrocco (DC9)
-League of Frustrated Voters Presents A Benefit for Sea Change (Velvet Lounge)
-We Were Black Clouds + Foxhall Stacks + Loud Boyz (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Anti-Ball: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 1/22/17

-The Buzz + The Caribbean (Galaxy Hut)
-Tokyo Police Club + Charly Bliss (Black Cat)
-Two Ton Twig (IOTA)

[posted 1.14.17]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Singles Club: Porcelain Raft + The Stray Trolleys + Half Waif

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

I was feeling blue today, and then I heard these three little numbers and all felt a bit more right with the world.

In my humble opinion, Porcelain Raft's "Big Sur" is nigh on perfection. This breathtaking piece of heart stoppage is truly the musical embodiment of the glorious California coastline. Melting waves of languid warmth cascade along, crescendos hitting like waves against the sand.


The Stray Trolleys is new to me, though they're not new by any means. While the band formed in 1979, the lovely folks of  Captured Tracks (bless them) will be reissuing Barricades & Angels in the very near future, and the teenage kicky, divinely catchy "Love Into Action" will be just one of the songs to fall for.

"My mood is a pendulum/I don't think you can handle it," warns Nandi Rose in Half Waif's mercurial "Severed Logic." Fractured but tender, the shapeshifting song is straight up enchanting.

[posted 1.10.17]

Sunday, January 8, 2017

On The Road Again: Oh Pep!

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Divine Melbourne duo Oh Pep! is soon to bring their lovely harmonies and gentle jangle to the US all the way from Aus. Seeing as their pop-folk is so splendid, I do hope you'll try to get out there and see these two ladies if they happen to come to your neck of the woods. 


2.7.17 - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA
2.8.17 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC
2.9.17 - Great Hall - Toronto, ON
2.10.17 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland, OH
2.20.17 - Park West - Chicago, IL
2.21.17 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
2.22.17 - Knuckleheads - Kansas City, MO
2.27.17 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
2.28.17 - Paramount Theatre - Austin, TX
3.1.17 - Heights Theatre - Houston, TX
3.2.17 - Republic - New Orleans, LA
3.3.17 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL
3.4.17 - The Loft - Atlanta, GA
3.5.17 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC
3.6.17 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
3.7.17 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC

[posted 1.8.17]

Singles Club: Nils Bech + Julie Byrne + Jens Lekman

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

We've turned the page on Christmas, but I think the beauty of this song transcends any holiday. Nils Bech's "O Helga Natt" (that's "O Holy Night" in Norwegian) is snow-covered, starry night bliss. Bech's voice is simply impeccable, not to mention angelic, and the addition of strings gives the song a classic feel. An incredibly moving listen.

Julie Byrne's voice is astonishingly good. In "I Live Now as a Singer" one can hear the restlessness of being on the move, and a knowing of all sorts of things. Byrne's first song to be recorded sans guitar, this is a quiet, smoldering tour de force.

Soon to release a new long player, Jens Lekman has let loose a taster in the form of "What's That Perfume That You Wear?" As with many a pop song, the sea breeziness plays off lyrics that remember a happier time and a love on which the sun has set.

[posted 1.8.17]

Festival Fix: Coachella 2017

Festival Fix takes a closer look at festival lineups and the overall festival experience. Have you ever been experienced?

Coachella has been a hot topic of late, mostly because of controversial ownership affiliations. To each their own as far as skipping a fest for political reasons. I understand if folks give Coachella a pass. The festival is already sold out, so I guess plenty of people were willing to look the other way. But looking at things from a strictly festival experience point of view, I have to say that I'm really impressed with this year's lineup. 

When I went to Coachella back in 2008, it was still just a one weekend deal. When the powers that be expanded it to a two weekend event, I scoffed. Looking at it now, however, I actually think that for serious music lovers, going to both weekends is a pretty tempting (and pretty pricey) idea. In addition to the fest itself, you can splash out on all sorts of fancy extras to really enhance your Coachella experience (Sleep in a swanky tent! Have a fancy VIP dinner! Take a fancy shuttle to and from!). I can't advise one way or the other on that kind of thing, though I can impart some basic wisdom such as wear a heck of a lot of sunscreen and bring a sweater (that desert sure can cool off at night). But what other festival can you go to that lets you also spend some time seeing Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and the Cabazon dinosaurs?! 

But really, add-on experiences are nice and all, but it's all about the lineup. For as long as I've been paying attention, Coachella has always put together a lineup that is appealing to both indie lovers and more mainstream music fans. This year, the three headliners are Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar - all names that are kind of a big deal. For me, though, the undercard (anyone other than the headliners) is always more interesting. From New Order to Toots & The Maytals to Mitski to The Lemon Twigs to Preoccupations to the dreamy Justice...there's a little something for everyone this year. It would be a rare occasion indeed to go to Coachella and not face that enviable struggle to figure out which bands you were going to see and which you had to pass on. 

Coachella has gotten some flak, but darned if I didn't love my Indio experience. The setting is beautiful, the weather will probably be good (if a bit warm), and the bands are always going to be there. If you've never been, put it on your festival bucket list. Heck, maybe I'll even think about going back one of these years.  

[posted 1.8.17]  

Good Cover Version: Jennifer Clavin (Bleached) Does The Ramones

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Many of us are still in shock about the results of last November's election. Jennifer Clavin of Bleached took her frustration and turned it into two great covers, one Ramones and one Barry McGuire, with the proceeds of the song sales going to Planned Parenthood. In this cover of "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg," Jennifer's voice crackles with all manner of emotion, and the lo-fi recording feels just right. Please do listen to this duo of covers with a cause.

[posted 1.8.17]

Crossing The Pond: Dead Naked Hippies + The Sundowners + Goan Dogs

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

There's a lot to like about Leeds, especially as far as the current music scene is concerned. Dead Naked Hippies flies the flag for gritty yet pretty noise, what they call "trash rock." "Lights Out" is just raunchy enough.

From Liverpool comes the hazy, hypnotic dreamweaving of The Sundowners. "Great Beauty" presents a very retro take on psych, traces of pop present amongst all the rich mercurial machinations.

There's a wonderful wryness to the song "Drifting Apart," a dry certainty that carries into the song's video. Funny moves with balloons and some sassy dance moves belie the finality of the end of something, and Bristol's Goan Dogs presents the inevitable in an honest, incredibly catchy, listenable way.

[posted 1.8.17]

On The Road Again: The xx

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

It's been a great number of years, but I can still remember seeing The xx at 6th & I and just how powerful a performance it was. The Londoners are gearing up to come back to the US in the spring, and if they're hitting a town near you I strongly suggest you go see them. And maybe pick up a copy of their latest LP I See You (to be released January 13th) while you're at the show. 


April 14 Coachella – Indio, CA
April 15 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
April 19 Mesa Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
April 21 Coachella – Indio, CA
April 23 Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
April 24 WaMu Theater – Seattle, WA
April 25 Thunderbird Arena at UBC – Vancouver, BC
April 28 The Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN
April 29 The Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
May 1 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
May 2 The Masonic Temple Detroit – Detroit, MI
May 3 Jacobs Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
May 5 Express Live! – Columbus, OH
May 6 Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
May 8 South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
May 9 Revention Music Center – Houston, TX
May 10 ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
May 14 The Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC
May 16 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
May 17 Skyline Stage at the Mann – Philadelphia, PA
May 19 Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY
May 23 Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
May 24 Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC
May 26 Thompson’s Point – Portland, ME

[posted 1.8.17]

Singles Club: Turn To Crime + Uniform + LO MOON

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

For me, it was love at first listen with Detroit's Turn To Crime. "Chasing" is a thing of beauty - pulsating with a raw, exposed nerve energy and humming like a live wire. It's a little bit Krauty, a little bit fuzzy, and a whole lot of wonderful noise.

New York duo Uniform holds nothing back in their moon howling "The Killing of America." It's an unrelenting song, filled with red-eyed raging vocals and a maniacal metronome of death march drums and spitfire riffs.

Clocking in at just over 7 minutes, LO MOON's "Loveless" requires a longer attention span but it well worth the time. This oh-so-buzzy LA outfit creates a transcendent ethereality with the song, all cascading washes of dreamscapes and velvet vocals.

[posted 1.8.17]