Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Week In Shows: 3/27/17-4/2/17

The last Sunday in March 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!

April is almost upon us, friends. It's almost time to put those coats away, which is a good thing when we're talking about going out and about. 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 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, 3/27/17

-Allah-Las + The Babe Rainbow + Roya (9:30 Club)
-Patrick Watson + Trevor Sensor (U Street Music Hall)
-NE-Hi + Makeup Girl (DC9)
-Laura Stevenson + Adult Mom + Alice Bag (Black Cat)
-Pretenders (Fillmore Silver Spring)

WEDNESDAY, 3/29/17

-King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + ORB + Stonefield (9:30 Club - win tix!)
-Acid Dad + Honduras (DC9)
-Antiphons + Miss Mountain Laurel (Cinema Hearts) + Weston Smith (Comet Ping Pong)
-Hippo Campus + Magic City Hippies (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 3/30/17

-Middle Kids + Queue (DC9 - SOLD OUT)

FRIDAY, 3/31/17

-Mac Sabbath + Metalachi + Okilly Dokilly (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 4/1/17

-Lambchop + Sloppy Heads (U Street Music Hall)
-Jay Som + The Courtneys + Little Junior (DC9 - SOLD OUT)
-Bombadil + Near Northeast (Songbyrd Music House)

SUNDAY, 4/2/17

-Thao + Yowlers (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-High Waisted + The Rememberables + Greenland (DC9)


[posted 3.26.17]

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Video of The Day #248: Pete and The Pirates

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.

I miss Pete and The Pirates, I really do. It's been nearly 5 years since those lovable little scamps split up. They've been dancing around in my head for the past few days, so I thought it was a great time to revisit the video for one of my favorite songs of theirs, "Knots." It's silly, in a good way, just a bunch of lads driving around goofing off. Adorable.  






[posted 3.25.17]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #12: Ora Cogan

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

Sure, Ora Cogan's voice is haunting. But that's pretty much like saying an incredible sunset is merely pretty. Part Hope Sandoval-esque psych enchantress, part dusty road-weary troubadour, and part spotlight chanteuse, Cogan's voice burns slow, true, and at times, spectral.    




[posted 3.24.17]

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #11: OKO TYGRA

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

I hear a lot of old favorites Violens in Denver's dark, brooding dream pop outfit OKO TYGRA. Not surprising, given that they've been working with Jorge Elbrecht. That same smoke-filled, sensuous synth noise finds new life in the Rockies, making for perfect starry night on the mountain music. 




[posted 3.24.17]

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #10: The Ocean Party

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

There's something sweetly endearing about Aussie six-piece The Ocean Party. Perhaps it's the way every song seems to have a different personality, though a charming, quirky pop vibe is the common thread for this outfit. At their best, their slightly sheepish, punchy pop is quite addictive. And this is a band that is frequently at its best.  





[posted 3.24.17]

Video of The Day #247: LVL UP

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.

Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to have grown up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and to have been one of the ones who didn't totally fit in. LVL UP's fantastic new video for "Blur," directed by Ryan Schnackenburg, captures the isolation perfectly, with our protagonist amusing himself against snowy skies as the band's jubilant, fuzzed-out riffs crash all around, ending far too soon.    





[posted 3.24.17]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Live Review: Los Campesinos! @ 9:30 Club, 3/9/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Los Campesinos! at the 9:30 Club.

Los Campesinos! is fun. 

Gareth recounted to the crowd that it's been five years since the band played most US cities, with a few exceptions at three years. DC fell into the latter but he instructed us to behave as though it had been five and the crowd happily obliged. Many sang the chorus together for every song and the bass player was not immune. In fact, Matt would sing along to entire songs in a manner befitting someone holding the mic.

Crying played beforehand, and their 8-bit/chiptune-infused emo pop was just as catchy as the Welsh seven piece. Gareth mentioned them because they jokingly jeered at his accent in saying "thank you" and he wanted to inform the crowd that if he appeared rude, that was why. And in the spirit befitting the aethesthetic of peasants, he closed that song with "cheers."

After an hour of play, Gareth started to reach for his throat at times but the band carried on for a few more songs which I found endearing. Shortly after, sitting on the drum kit platform, Gareth graciously took time to give a thank you speech. Among everyone he thanked, he lauded Infinity Crush, the opening band, for releasing one of the best records of last year. At the conclusion, upon asking if he missed anything, someone shouted out "fuck Trump" to which he replied with a quick, neutral "sure, that's fine."

Getting the crowd to pretend it was Saturday* night with him, Gareth announced that they would play three songs for the encore. "One for you. One for us. And one for you to choose to prove that democracy still works!" All the peasants rejoiced. One lucky peasant in the front row, Casey, was invited onto the stage where he was given a tambourine and drumstick to play with the band. Gareth, not to be left out, grabbed a stick himself and joined the drummer in crashing cymbals. Los Campesinos! is all about fun!

*it was Thursday



[words and photo of Los Campesinos! by The Paper]

[posted 3.23.17]

Video of The Day #246: Shrinking Minds

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.

Every now and again, a band releases a video that utterly and totally encompasses the spirit of the song for which it was made. For Liverpool's Shrinking Minds, the audacious rebel yell of "Something Better" could only ever have this video. Clips of the band goofing off and random retro-inspired visuals embody the brash audacity of the band's unapologetically flippant (and incredibly catchy) sonic shenanigans.   





[posted 3.23.17]

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Good Cover Version: Lea Porcelain Does Bruce Springsteen

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.

Sorry, Bruce, but I prefer this Lea Porcelain interpretation of 1993's "Philadelphia." The London-via-Berlin duo's otherworldly synth-driven lo-fi pop is so heartbreakingly lovely here, turning the original's Americana despair into something completely and incandescently beautiful.  




[posted 3.21.17]

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #9: New Shack

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

Dreamy darkwave synth pop. If that's your flavor, spend a little time with Provo duo New Shack. Their supple, sinuous synth-centric pop is both breathlessly sweet and grounded with inescapable realism. 




[posted 3.20.17]

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #8: GABI

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

Hazy, lo-fi, and sensitive. That's how new Arizona-ites GABI describe themselves. It's all true, of course, though they leave out a lot with that brief string of descriptors. What's most delightful about GABI is the timid, almost hesitant fragility in certain songs, the appealing way the music almost reulctantly moves along. Lines like "I don't wanna be just an afterthought," from "Trapdream," express hopeful desires so very tenderly and a little desperately. The more I hear of GABI, the harder I find it to resist them.   




[posted 3.20.17]

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #7: ECSTATIC VISION

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

They don't make 'em like this anymore, y'all. Except...when it comes to ECSTATIC VISION, they do. This Philadelphia outfit firmly believes in creating feral, acid chaos psych bursting with primal energy, and they do it so very well. There's no escaping from noise like this. But really, why would you want to?   






[posted 3.20.17]

Sounds of Treefort 2017 #6: Den-Mate

Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.

It's great to see a little DC on the Treefort lineup, and it's great that the captivating outfit Den-Mate will be part of that little DC conglomerate. At times playful, at others brooding and intense, the smoldering electro-infused slink can purr or scratch. Either way, it makes for rather daydreamy listening.  




[posted 3.20.17]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

On The Road Again: The Coathangers

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

We all know that sirens are trouble, especially if you happen to be a seafarer, and on the cover of their forthcoming EP Parasite the members of The Coathangers are drawn as just those very same mythical badass babes. Luckily, on their current tour, they'll less likely to lure you to a watery grave than they are to totally melt your face with awesome sounds. 

THE COATHANGERS TOUR DATES

03.21.17 – Spokane, WA @ The Observatory
03.23.17 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03.24.17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
03.25.17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
04.15.17 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
04.16.17 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
04.18.17 – Washington, DC @ DC9
04.19.17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs
04.20.17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale
04.21.17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
04.22.17 – Boston, MA @ Do617 Pop-Up Record Shop @ Brighton Music Hall
04.24.17 – Montreal, QC @ L’ Esco
04.25.17 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
04.26.17 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
04.27.17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto
04.28.17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
04.29.17 – Charlotte, NC @ Reverb Fest 5





[posted 3.19.17]