Sunday, February 7, 2016

On The Road Again: Twin Limb

Twin Limb, those Louisvilleian makers of mercurial, mesmeric dream pop with a psychedelic undertone, are preparing for a long US tour, which means it's time to rejoice! The jaunt sees them stopping all over the place, so plenty of chances to get out there and experience their beautiful noise for yourself. 


TWIN LIMB TOUR DATES

02/27 Louisville KY - The New Vintage

03/05 Jacksonville FL - Jack Rabbits


03/06 Okeechobee FL - Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival


03/08 Orlando FL - The Social


03/09 St Petersburg FL - Local 662


03/11 Bluffton SC - Roasting Room Lounge and Listening Room


03/12 Savannah GA - Savannah Stopover Music Festival


03/14 New Orleans LA - Gasa Gasa


03/15 Austin TX - SXSW 2016


03/21 Dallas TX - Three Links*


03/22 Birmingham AL - Saturn Birmingham*


03/24 Nashville TN - High Watt*


03/26 Asheville NC - Grey Eagle*


03/28 Raleigh NC - King’s Barcade*


03/29 Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel


03/30 Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle*


04/01 New York NY - The Bowery Ballroom*


04/02 Cambridge MA - The Sinclair*


04/03 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square*


04/04 Burlington VT - Higher Ground*


04/06 Indianapolis IN - The Hi-Fi


04/07 Chicago IL - The Empty Bottle


04/08 Covington KY - Madison Live


04/09 Knoxville TN - Rhythm N Blooms Music Festival


05/12 Louisville KY - Iroquois Amphitheater^


05/13 Louisville KY - Iroquois Amphitheater^


05/14 Atlanta GA - Shaky Knees Festival

* w/ Basia Bulat
^ w/ My Morning Jacket




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Video of The Day #110: Tiger Tooth

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.

It's not often you'll see a video with a Pomeranian in an Adidas (excuse me, Adidog) hoodie and a creepy doll out at the club, but in Tiger Tooth's clip for "Tiger Asylum" that's just what you'll get. Dark, rabbit hole techno beats crawl menacingly through the four minutes of the song, adding just a hint of doom. 






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Singles Club: CeaseTone

Iceland. Even the mere thought of that small island seems to conjure notions of magical, mystical legends and landscapes. It follows, then, that many a band that emerges from Iceland seems to have something otherworldly about them. 

The latest torchbearers for the unique noise from our Northerly neighbors is CeaseTone, a four piece that successfully endeavors to make "big worlds of sound" with their chilly, electronic-tinted pop. High drama indeed.  

   




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Remix Fix: Ra Ra Riot/Dim Sum

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

Two seconds in to the Dim Sum remix of Ra Ra Riot's "Absolutely" and I almost managed to forget that tomorrow is Monday. The Parisian producer definitely adds a certain something to the song, adding sticky sweet beats while keeping hold of the liveliness of the original. A great way to savor the waning, last gasp hours of the weekend. 




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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Week In Shows: 2/8-2/14

A dusky Saturday 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!

I used to actively loathe Valentine's Day. These days I've mellowed on it. This year you might even see me out and about on Valentine's Day. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. And as always,  I'll be picking one extra awesome show that you should not miss (unless you don't live in the DC area, of course). So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 2/8/16

-Middle Distance Runner + Nunchucks (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 2/9/16

-Ezra Furman + Brnda (Rock & Roll Hotel)*
-Br'er + Hallowed Bells + The Galaxy Electric (Songbyrd)
-Anderson East + Andrew Combs (Jammin Java)

WEDNESDAY, 2/10/16

-Eric Burdon & The Animals (Wolf Trap)

THURSDAY, 2/11/16

-Eric Burdon & The Animals (Wolf Trap)
-Big Black Wolves + Stonewalled + Karman Line (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 2/12/16

-Heavy Breathing + Time is Fire + Smoota (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Graveyard + Spiders (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 2/13/16

-The Devil Makes Three + Langhorne Slim (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Bebel Gilberto (State Theatre)
-Beacon + Natasha Kmeto (Songbyrd)
-Voivod + Vektor + Eight Bells (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 2/14/16

-Protomartyr + Priests + Protect-U (Black Cat)* (Extra Recommended!)
-The Devil Makes Three + Langhorne Slim (9:30 Club)
-Alan Cumming (Strathmore)
-The Milestones + The Humble + YUM (DC9)


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Video of The Day #109: Primal Scream

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.

Several years back, Primal Scream recorded a cover of Nancy and Lee's classic "Some Velvet Morning." Kate Moss provided the Nancy vocal's to Scream leader Bobby Gillespie's Lee, and I thought the serpentine slither of the song was actually rather good. 

Fast forward a few years, and you've got Gillespie and co. at it again, not with a cover but with some definite Nancy and Lee inspiration. This time Sky Ferreira takes the Nancy role, with her boots made for writhing around with Gillespie to the sultry disco synth action the Scream churns out in "Where The Light Gets In." The duo cavorts under a transfixing visual of constantly changing backdrops of saturated color, and all told it all makes me ever so excited to hear this new Scream record. 
  




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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Good Cover Version: Postmodern Jukebox Does David Bowie

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.

Hard to believe it's almost been a month since the passing of the legend that is David Bowie. Postmodern Jukebox has teamed up with modern chanteuse Nicole Atkins to do up a fantastic cover of one of my favorite Bowie songs, "Heroes." The joint venture has a vintage feel, with Atkins unleashing that towering voice of hers all over the place. The bonus is that all proceeds from the download of the song this week go to support cancer research. So download it, do good, and remember the greatness that we were fortunate enough to have in our lives.   




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Singles Club: Heron Oblivion

A little bit Fleetwood Mac, a little bit Neil Young, and more than a little bit magical. That's how I like to think about Heron Oblivion's new song, "Your Hollows." 

All is bliss, bewitching and serene bliss, right up until about three and a half minutes into the song. And then things get twitchy and loud and sludgy and even more fantastic. Ladies and gents, I'm kind of sort of in love.    




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On The Road Again: The Dandy Warhols

If there's news that can perk up even the dreariest of days, it's news of a new Dandy Warhols tour. The Portlandians are gearing up to hit the road in promotion of forthcoming record Distortland, and I must say that if you've never seen them live you really, really ought to. I've seen them a number of times now and they always show this gal a good time.   



DANDY WARHOLS TOUR DATES

April 1: Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex

April 2: Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater

April 3: Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room

April 5: Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag

April 6: Akron, OH - Musica

April 8: Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

April 9: Ottawa, ON - Ritual

April 10: Montreal QC - L'Astral

April 12: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

April 13: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

April 15: Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

April 17: Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club

April 18: Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

April 19: Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom




[posted 2.4.16]

Video of The Day #108: FIDLAR

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.

It's about time someone made a video like this. It may or may not be a jab at current popular culture's obsession with being plugged in, and more specifically the love affair with emoji, but FIDLAR's clip for "Why Generation" is living in an emoji world. And I like it. It's a clever backdrop for the song, a slightly bratty good old rock and roll song. Very well played. 







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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Week in Shows: 2/1-2/7

The first Monday morning in February 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!

Already February, y'all. One month down, eleven to go. February is always a questionable month as far as I'm concerned, but let's see if the show-going makes up for any other difficulties February offers up. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. And I'll be picking one extra awesome show that you should not miss (unless you don't live in the DC area, of course). So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 2/1/16

-Muse + X Ambassadors (Verizon Center)

TUESDAY, 2/2/16

-Emily Wells + Lorna Dune (Black Cat)
-Brnda + High Waisted + Joy Buttons (Dead Kennedy Center)

WEDNESDAY, 2/3/16

-Young Galaxy + Dais (Black Cat)
-Martin Courtney + EZTV (DC9)

THURSDAY, 2/4/16

-William Shatner (Warner Theatre) (Extra Recommended!)
-Scanners + Hothead + The Meer + More AM Than FM (Comet Ping Pong)
-Warm Sun + Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor + Spirit Pilots (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 2/5/16

-Sonya Kitchell + Justin Jones (IOTA)
-Fresh to Death Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Cigarette + Laser Background + Other Colors + Dangers (Songbyrd)
-Loud Boyz + War on Women + The Rememberables (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 2/6/16

-George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Howard Theatre)
-Beauty Pill + Fellow Creatures (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-KING (U Street Music Hall - SOLD OUT)
-Wylder (DC9)

SUNDAY, 2/7/16

-Wilco + Steve Gunn (Constitution Hall)
-Two Inch Astronaut + Laughing Man + Hemlines (Black Cat)


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

On The Road Again: Boogarins

They seem to enjoy being out on the road, and Brazilians Boogarins are soon to be at it again. Mid-April sees the band kicking off North American tour that goes from New Haven to Toronto and a whole lot of cities in between. No doubt many ears will be made happy by the rich, tropicalifragilistic psych rock noise made by Boogarins so very well. 

Dates below. Lucky Left Coast, getting to see Boogarins and Dungen together!    

BOOGARINS TOUR DATES

Apr 19 -New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine

Apr 21 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Upstairs)

Apr 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right

Apr 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle

Apr 24 - Washington, DC - DC9

Apr 25 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - Back Room

Apr 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

Apr 27 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

Apr 28 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's

Apr 29 - Austin, TX - Levitation

May 01 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *

May 03 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

May 05 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *

May 06 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *

May 09 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *

May 10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *

May 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *

May 14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *

May 15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *

May 16 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory *

May 17 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar Room

* w/ Dungen



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Good Cover Version: Ezra Furman Does LCD Soundsystem

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.

This one came out a few months back, during the Summer of '15, but it's been in my head quite a bit lately and seeing as Ezra Furman will be in town on February 9th, it felt more than a little timely to give it a mention. Furman's version of the impeccable LCD Soundsystem song "I Can Change" is itself a treat. Simplistic acoustic strumming and Furman's forlorn falsetto and off-kilter warble turn the song into an ode that's equal parts hopeful and resigned. I'm going to cross my fingers and hope Ezra gives this one a go when he's in town.     




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Video of The Day #107: Oasis

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.

Indulge me, if you will. But driving around today, my iPod shuffled onto "Wonderwall," and I've had the song in my head all day. I can't tell you how much I looked forward to seeing this video, back in the 90s, and how much I swooned over Gallagher the younger. It's really not the best video, in truth, but it does evoke memories of a certain time, when Labor was New and thrilling and when Burberry shirts and Beatle cuts were a big deal. I'm still mystified by the clowns, myself, but the color-changing guitar was a nice touch. And so, ladies and gents, let's engage in a little Oasis nostalgia, shall we? 




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