Monday, March 30, 2015

The Week In Shows: 3/30-4/5

A beautiful, perfectly springlike day in downtown Salt Lake City 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!

Today is my last day in the wild, mountainous west of the Mountain Time Zone, and I'll soon be back to the greater DC metro. As the weather (finally) gets warmer at home, the good shows will keep on coming. I'm heading out to Macrock this weekend, so y'all might want to consider a drive to Harrisonburg for some fun. Remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 3/30/15

-Twin Shadow + Lolawolf (Black Cat)
-Oh So Peligroso + Love Axe + Shining Blade Theory (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 4/1/15

-Laughing Man + Anthony Pirog + Crown Larks + Dave Klinger (Paper Haus - 4th anniversary)

THURSDAY, 4/2/15

-Liturgy + Sannhet + Horse Lords (DC9)
-Single Mothers + Dirty Nil (Black Cat)
-Coup Sauvage & The Snips + Pleasure Curses + Cat Jack (MLK Library)
-Reptar + Breathers + Sun Club (U Street Music Hall)

FRIDAY, 4/3/15

-Damien Rice (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-MACROCK (Harrisonburg, VA) (Extra Recommended!)

SATURDAY, 4/4/15

-A Celebration of Muddy Waters' 100th Birthday (The Hamilton)
-MACROCK (Harrisonburg, VA) (Extra Recommended!)




[posted 3.30.15]

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Week In Shows: 3/24-3/29

A freezing cold Monday evening in the greater Toledo area 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!

Yours truly is on a rambling roadtrip this week, so I won't be able to attend any of the local shows. But there's some doozies! Remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. This week, there happens to be not one but TWO super extra recommended shows. Go to both. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


TUESDAY, 3/24/15

-Shakey Graves + Nikki Lane (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 3/25/15

-Swervedriver + Gateway Drugs (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Dirt City + Big Black Wolves + Motorcade (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 3/26/15

-Tigerman Whoa + These Wild Plains + The Dirty Bangs (DC9)

FRIDAY, 3/27/15

-The Weight (The Hamilton)
-Big Data + On & On + Chappo (Black Cat)
-The Districts + Pine Barons + Shark Week (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 3/28/15

-Father John Misty + King Tuff (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT) (Extra Recommended!)

SUNDAY, 3/29/15

-Years & Years (U Street Music Hall)
-Torche + Wrong + Jeff Carey + Black Clouds (DC9)


[posted 3.23.15]

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Video Of The Day #39: Saint Agnes

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 all know covers can be a slippery slope. Saint Agnes, however, proves that they know how to do a mighty fine cover. Smoldering dual his + hers vocals and the right amount of canned sonic heat give their version of the Doors classic "Roadhouse Blues" all sorts of sex appeal, and the video (shot for the band's live effort Live Under London) captures the band as they burn down the house. Figuratively, of course.
  







[posted 3.21.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #45: The Mystery Lights

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

A big clue to the fact that I dig on The Mystery Lights is that they've played with FL favorites White Fence, The Night Beats, and Thee Oh Sees. These New Yorkers are seriously tapped in when it comes to making deliciously fuzzy, hazily jangling psych rock. Definitely ones to watch, and not just when it comes to playing SXSW.
  




[posted 3.21.15]

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #44: Surly Gates

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Not only do I think that Austin's Surly Gates has one of the best names around, I also happen to dig what they're laying down. Slightly chilled, smoky psych-infused nuggets are the Surly Gates calling card, the band mixing myriad melodies and daydream beliefs into far out pop songs. Or, as they call it, "strange darkened moods pierced by the golden harmonies of five eagle cries." Precisely.
   




[posted 3.20.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #43: Allah-Las

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Allah-Las

WHAT: Worship the Sun

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Innovative Leisure

WHY: Some of my favorite psych is rooted in 60s pop, and the Allah-Las second album, Worship the Sun, has that very sound. It’s a little bit spaghetti western, and a little bit lounge lizard, in addition to the oft bouncy jangle and shimmy that prances confidently throughout the record. It’s a doozy, friends, this record, and it’s well worth some quality time.

My jams: “De Vida Voz,” “Artifact,” “Buffalo Nickel,” “Follow You Down,” “Yemeni Jade,” “Better Than Mine,” “No Werewolf,” “Every Girl”





[posted 3.20.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #43: Summer Heart

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

I've always imagined that in certain parts of the world, they cherish summertime even more than we do in the DC metro area. It must have something to do with the lack of sunlight in winter and then long stretches of sun for a few months. Sweden's one man wonder Summer Heart celebrates summer by name and by sound, like a Scandi, loved-up Washed Out. And that just makes me nothing but happy.
  




[posted 3.20.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #42: Summer Cannibals

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

It's been a little bit of a long while since I last mentioned Summer Cannibals, and that's no bueno. The Portland outfit has expanded to a foursome, which only helps them more easily articulate their rough and rollicking, gritty and hellishly catchy rock noises. They've still got a few gigs down there in Austin, so if you're indulging in SXSW, why not indulge in a little Summer Cannibalism.
  




[posted 3.20.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #41: Springtime Carnivore

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

But soft, what sound through yonder speaker breaks? It's the fabulous, dizzy fuzz of LA girl Greta Morgan (AKA Springtime Carnivore). Morgan's "technicolor daydream pop" is just the ticket when the sky is gray and your world feels a bit droopy.





[posted 3.20.15]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #40: OBN IIIs

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Thanks to the wonders of recorded music, I can already tell y'all that OBN IIIs kill it live. Their sound, live, is ramshackle, unapologetic, confrontational, and straight up rock. It's also a wee bit loud. For some reason I always think of the MC5 when I listen to these Texans. See if you agree. If you dig your music a little on the shambolic side, you're gonna love these guys.
   




[posted 3.19.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #39: Pinecones

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Georgia is just one of those places, and Pinecones is just one of those Georgia bands. Which already means they're pretty alright. Pinecones takes some of the more traditional Southern rock sound and throws in a few decibels, featuring loud guitar riffage and wonderfully shouty vocals. Probably pretty killer live, I suspect.
  




[posted 3.19.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #38: Twin Limb

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

There's no denying the loveliness of Louisville's Twin Limb. It's just not possible. I've only heard one song but I'm hooked. Think of them as honey-coated folksy psych, with the inclusion of a rather morose accordion. Well worth your ear.
   




[posted 3.19.15]

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #37: The Parrots

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Madrid (as in Spain) might not be the spot you immediately think of when conjuring up hotbeds of super fuzzed out, gritty garage hijinks. But that's the home of The Parrots, and they fit that bill and then some. Brash as can be, loud as you like, this trio is young but capable and they're already buzzing in Europe. Ladies and gents, these lads are worth a listen.
  




[posted 3.18.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #44: Eagulls

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Eagulls

WHAT: Eagulls

WHEN: March 2014

WHERE: Partisan Records

WHY: A wonderfully nervy, agitated racket abounds on Eagulls’ self-titled effort. These Leeds gents defiantly snarl and claw their way through ten songs of fuzzed-out, angsty, gloomy post-punk clamor, sounding both irritable and empowered. It makes for a great listen, especially if you happen to be feeling particularly dark mood.

My jams: “Nerve Endings,” “Yellow Eyes,” “Tough Luck,” “Possessed,” “Fester Blister,” “Opaque,” “Souless Youth”





[posted 3.18.15]