Monday, September 30, 2013

Bands On Film #41: Spider Bags @ 9:30 Club, 9/29/13

















Spider Bags

[photos copyright Megan Petty]

The Week In Shows: 9/30-10/6

Monday morning is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

Last week was a mighty fine week in terms of gigs. Can this week top it? You never know. It is the start of October, after all, and we all know the best shows happen the deeper into fall you get. As ever, you can more than likely find me at any show denoted herewith with double stars. After last week's burst of shows, I'm taking it easy this week.

MONDAY, 9/30/13

-Stars + High Highs (9:30 Club)
-Har Mar Superstar + Reputante + Lizzo (U Street Music Hall)
-Atoms for Peace (Patriot Center)

TUESDAY, 10/01/13

-Daughter (9:30 Club)
-The Dodos + Dustin Wong (Black Cat)
-Scott H. Biram + Black Pistol Fire + Alex Culbreath & The Dead Country Stars (DC9)
-Ben Sollee + River Whyless (Rock & Roll Hotel)

WEDNESDAY, 10/02/13

-Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg w/ Andrew WK (9:30 Club)
-Communion DC (Black Cat)
-The Static Jacks + Cherry Tree (DC9)
-Letitia Van Sant & The Bonafides + Ballad've + Old Soul (Velvet Lounge)
-Typhoon + Radiation City (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Big Boi (Howard Theatre)
-Black Rebel Motorcycle Club + Deap Vally (Ram's Head Live)**

THURSDAY, 10/03/13

-Antibalas + The Funk Ark (Black Cat)
-Peyote Pilgrim + Jack Tierney (DC9)
-Drop Electric + Honest Holoway + Technophobia (The Vinyl District @ The Fillmore)
-Surfer Blood + Team Spirit + Andy Boay (Rock & Roll Hotel - WIN TICKETS)
-Sonic Circuits 2013 (Atlas Performing Arts Center)

FRIDAY, 10/04/13

-James Murphy (DJ set) (9:30 Club)
-The Flaming Lips + Tame Impala + The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Middle Distance Runner + Teen Mom (U Street Music Hall)
-Cryfest Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Two Door Cinema Club + St. Lucia + Peace (Constitution Hall)
-Sarmust + The Kominas + Evilartform (Velvet Lounge)
-Black Masala + MH & His Orchestra + Orchestra Prazevica (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Sonic Circuits 2013 (Atlas Performing Arts Center)

SATURDAY, 10/05/13

-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Arc Orbit (9:30 Club)
-Wavves + King Tuff + Jacuzzi Boys (Black Cat)
-Future Proof + Hatfield McCoy (DC9)
-Shade Parade + Against Grace + Claw Marks (Velvet Lounge)
-Brian Wilson + Jeff Beck (Warner Theatre)
-Twin Peaks + Southern Problems + Tycho Brahe (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Walkaways + The Highballers + Hearts and Spades (Iota)
-Sonic Circuits 2013 (Atlas Performing Arts Center)

SUNDAY, 10/06/13

-The Naked & Famous + The Colourist (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-London Grammar (U Street Music Hall)
-The Growlers + Cosmonauts + Gap Dream + Together Pangea + Habibi + The Tough Shits (Black Cat)
-Bluebeard + Signs Point East + Blind Man Leading (Velvet Lounge)
-Sonic Circuits 2013 (Atlas Performing Arts Center)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Newsflash!: Announcing Another Awesome Show of Awesomeness

It is with great pleasure and more than a little pride that I announce to you, friends, the happening that will be going down on Friday, October 11th at the Velvet Lounge

Not one, not two, but three amazing bands have joined up to play their glorious music for you, yes you! Two locals, Dangerosa (wild, expansive delirium) and More Humans, (jagged, pretty rock) sandwich my favorite Nashvillians Ttotals (gripping, heavy outer blues). I do believe it is a can't-miss kind of night.

Not only will it be all sorts of noisy and epic, it's probably the last DC show yours truly will be a part of for the foreseeable future. So come on down, have a beer, and enjoy what will certainly be one of the finest shows in DC during the month of October. 

PS: Bring earplugs. 
  


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Get Yer Pedals Out #14: Starring Travis Johnson (Grooms)

I couldn't quite tell you why, but for the longest time I've been somewhat moderately obsessed with pedals. Since I'm no guitarist I don't really have a valid reason for this, other than the fact that they both make pretty noises and are rather nice to look at. Much, really, like the folks who use them. I've decided to turn my inexplicable pedal fancy into Fuzzy Logic fodder, and I do hope you'll enjoy my foray into the ins and outs of pedal worship.

I knew as soon as I clapped eyes on his pedalboard that I wanted to get into the pedal-dentity of Travis Johnson. The Grooms guitarist/vocalist wields quite an impressive setup, it must be said. He's also got a great approach. Pedalheads, take note and read on.  

Fuzzy Logic: Which pedal is your very favorite and why?
Travis Johnson: Probably the Boss PS - 3. I have two of them. It's not as versatile as the Eventide Pitchfactor but what it does it does beautifully. I used to use it for the reverse feedback sounds mostly but at some point I just started putting tons of stuff through it with an octave down and a 4th or 5th up. It creates these gorgeous buzzing thick sounds on top of the harmonies. I think half of the guitars and all of the Juno synth on our new record were run through it.

FL: Favorite chord?
TJ: I don't know what chords I'm playing most of the time but I know I tend to play a lot of major 7ths, and 2nds. I have a tendency to stack up tons of notes in chords, almost to a fault probably.


FL: Who's your guitarist icon?
TJ: It's kinda dopey, but I'd have to say John Lennon. A few of his chord progressions just never leave me for long. On top of having beautiful, strange chords, he could also make some pretty amazing noise. And he wasn't super technical.

FL: With all the pedals out there, how do you decide which ones to procure?
TJ: You find one that sounds like it will open up a new world and hope that it does. The ones that make me want to get them are the ones I feel like I don't immediately understand.

FL: What's your dream pedal?
TJ: Something I haven't heard yet. 




[photo courtesy Travis Johnson]

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Otherwise Engaged: Sunwolf/Schooner/Harness Flux

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

Sometimes I can come to grips with the fact that I am going to miss a show. Others, such as this evening, I get super bummed out. While I will be elsewhere, there will be a gig that promises to be seriously, ridiculously awesome going down at the Velvet Lounge. It's a bill that looks great from top to bottom, with locals Sunwolf celebrating the release of a new EP, North Carolinians Schooner coming up to party somethin' fierce, and more local scuzz rock action to be had from Harness Flux. There will be rock, there will be roll, and it will all sorts of rule.
  



Live Review: Clinic @ DC9, 9/18/13

Oh, Clinic. I've been listening to these secretive Liverpudlians for over a decade now, and am still taken in by their kooky sonic cavorting and tomfoolery. It's been many a year since my last live Clinic experience, and I'm delighted to say that even after so long, the band still puts on quite a show.

The band ascended the stage decked out in their finest medical scrubbery, which I was happy to see. At this point I'd be disappointed if the band was to eschew their long-held custom of obscuring their identities with various gimmicks. It's a move that few bands could pull off, but Clinic has always made it work for them, those wonderfully strange fruits. 

Much of the set was newer Clinic, no doubt working heavily from new record Free Reign, which I've been a bit behind on keeping up with. But throughout the whole set, their sound remained consistent and wonderfully familiar. Songs full of that driving drum beat and slightly funereal pall, the mad sonic scientists of Liverpool filled the friendly confines of DC9 with their eccentric soundscapes. Calling on a joke that many a band has uttered before them, they uttered how "it's good to be back in Philadelphia," in a rare moment of banter.

The crowd grew as the set went on, taking in the spooky, hypnotic walls of noise with enthusiasm. Even after years of listening to Clinic, I still feel completely taken in by them. The slight creepy crawly punk vibe, the throwback quirky rock, and the diabolical obscuration of identities still make Clinic a force to be reckoned with. 





[photo by Megan Petty]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet RCRDS

Let it not be said that there isn't any interesting music being made in the greater DC metro. Lo and behold, here comes RCRDS, the duo of Davis Connors and Felipe Valdez, a pair hellbent on making some seriously killer noise.

Cool as the Arctic, RCRDS slinks along this five-song debut EP, called Summer Aches, with an effortless guile. Theirs is a special blend of ethereal, electronic noise with exclamation points of fuzz and shaded spectres of shoegaze appearing at frequent intervals. I found "Goldleaf" to be of particular interest, wound with stolen whispers and haunting, icy landscapes. Beautiful.   

It's one heck of an impressive start for these two, and I'll certainly be expecting big things from them.
  

Album Review: Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Anyone who's ever had a wee bit of a severe mental lapse will perhaps sympathize with my Hot Chip situation. You see, I somehow (don't ask, I have no earthly idea) managed to neglect to include Hot Chip in my Best of 2012 list, which is a serious oversight on my part. Had I included them, there's no doubt in my mind they would at the very least have cracked the top ten. And that's a conservative estimate.

In Our Heads is, quite possibly, my most favorite of all Hot Chip records, speaking to the album as a whole. It's the band's fifth full-length, and each of the eleven songs demonstrates what can happen when you've been making great music for years and get better each go. These are the sounds of a band on top form. Much of the album is instantly classic, and is next to impossible to ignore. 

It begins with two ridiculously rambunctious shimmy shakers, "Motion Sickness" and "How Do You Do?", each of which elicits fits of dancing in their own special way. "Motion Sickness" trends a bit bombastic and theatrical, while "How Do You Do?" is all about dancefloor-ready beats and an underlying, undeniable undulation. Like the best mullets, these are songs that are both business and a serious party. It took me a while just to get past repeated listening to the pair. 

When I did, I made it to the fun, fluffy "Don't Deny Your Heart," slinkily synthy and a bit over the top. In Our Heads stays true to the Hot Chip ethos by throwing in some slow jams, such as "Look At Where We Are," hallmarked by Alexis Taylor's golden falsetto tendencies. As good as the slower songs are, I'm all about the movers and shakers. And for me, it doesn't get much better than "These Chains." Ruthlessly infectious, the song is filled with clever little loved up lyrics and gets my vote for best use of "boo" in a serious manner in a song. It's a thing of beauty, that song, and will no doubt get stuck in your brain. Especially after listening to it on repeat for a few hours (trust me on this one).

But wait, there's more. 

"Night And Day" is one to get the folks on the floor, that's for sure. Bassy and bouncy, and absolutely impossible not to want to cut a rug to. Or whatever the kids these days get up to in the club. It also features one of the best hypothetical lines of any song of all time ("Do I look like a rapper?"). The answer, of course, is no, but that's hardly the point. Another favorite amongst favorites is the epic "Let Me Be Him," with the boys getting their romantic/lovelorn kicks amongst a big and beaty sprawl of over seven and a half minutes. It's exhilarating, and is the kind of song that seals the deal on a record's excellence. 

While they're obviously all grown up, the merrymakers of Hot Chip definitely still have their fingers on the pulse of having a daggum good time. If, for some irrational reason, you're not yet a fan, In Our Heads is the record that will change your mind. 

mp3: Let Me Be Him (Hot Chip from In Our Heads) (via KEXP)




      

Live Review: Grooms @ DC9, 9/18/13

I'm really not sure how it happened that I hadn't seen Grooms live before last Wednesday evening. Perhaps it's down partially to their self-proclaimed lack of regular visits to DC. I'm sure I've also just plain managed to miss them when they've been in town. Wherever the problem existed, I am happy to say our paths finally crossed. And when they did, I was pretty dang impressed.

One of those bands that I dig even more live than on record, the three gents tore through their set with loud, wailing abandon. At times, songs felt very angular, very raw. The attitude was, for the most part, aggressive, big sounds present at all times. It was a most charming clamor. As they played on, I found it harder not to fall totally in smit. 

They proved a good foil to the eccentric Liverpudlian noise of headliners Clinic, with their controlled ferocity and tendency to sonically raise an eyebrow with the occasional burst of rocking out. One song was introduced as being "brand brand new," and was "written while eating lots of bran." Points for banter on that one. As with most of their set, the song in question was cagey, a bit salty, and definitely not at all conducive to inspiring thoughts of boring old bran. 

Closing with "I Think We're Alone Now," a gritty yet groomed and rather wirey little ditty, I couldn't help but wish their set would last just a bit longer. If you've yet to see Grooms, make sure you give them your full attention when they come to town. I know I'm already looking forward to their next DC date.



[photo by Megan Petty]  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bands On Film #40: Stereophonics @ 9:30 Club, 9/22/13













Stereophonics

[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

The Week In Shows: 9/23-9/29

Monday morning is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

Fall is here, I'm wearing tights, and it's time for the gigs to really pile on. The end of September looks mighty fine, and makes me super excited for this here autumnal season of shows. As always, you can more than likely find me at any show denoted herewith with double stars.

MONDAY, 9/23/13

-Okkervil River + Torres (9:30 Club)**
-Mudhoney + Cheap Time (U Street Music Hall)
-Said The Whale + Royal Teeth + Born Cages (DC9)

TUESDAY, 9/24/13

-The End of America + American Opera + The Mean Season (Black Cat)
-Savoir Adore + French Horn Rebellion + Miracles of Modern Science (DC9)
-Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray (Hill Country)

WEDNESDAY, 9/25/13

-Oh Land + Sun Rai (9:30 Club)
-Ugly Purple Sweater (farewell) + Johnny Fantastic (Black Cat)**
-Sunwolf + Schooner + Harness Flux (Velvet Lounge)
-The Torches + Little Maker + Black Hills (The Dunes)

THURSDAY, 9/26/13

-Walk The Moon + Magic Man (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Langhorne Slim & The Law + Jonny Fritz (Black Cat)
-Heartless Romantics + Sun Cycle + Tycho Brahe (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 9/27/13

-Walk The Moon + Magic Man (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Blitzen Trapper + Phox (Black Cat)
-These Future Saints + Alias Punch + The Dead Women (Velvet Lounge)
-Pickwick + The Petticoat Tearoom (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 9/28/13

-Bastille + Little Daylight (9:30 Club)
-The Legendary Pink Dots + Orbit Service (U Street Music Hall)
-Electric Six + My Jerusalem + Les Sans Culottes (Black Cat)
-Club Scout + Golden Looks + Leland Palmer (Velvet Lounge)
-Elikeh + Covered With Jam + B-Side Shuffle (Iota)
-Pet Parade + Tereu Tereu + More Humans + Bella Russia (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 9/29/13

-Superchunk + Spider Bags (9:30 Club)**
-Biffy Clyro + Morning Parade (U Street Music Hall)
-Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas + Railsplitter + The Raised By Wolves (DC9)
-Yo No Say + Electric Fireworks + Ghost Hotel (Velvet Lounge)
-Accidents + Snuggle + And What Army + Dr. Robinson's Fiasco (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)
-Quintron & Miss Pussycat + zZz + Benjy Ferree + DJ Baby Alcatraz (Comet Ping Pong)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Meet The Bezzoommies

We all know I like it loud. The louder the better, really. Go loud or go home. So when I'm digging around for wonderful new bands to love up on, loudness is most certainly a factor in winning my affection. As it happens, The Bezzoommies likes to make it loud. Obviously, we were nothing short of destined to cross paths. 

Hailing from the Ukraine, these noiseniks are anything but shy when it comes to blasting eardrums with their brazen, nervy wails. The 5 songs on their TOHIC+ release are all sorts of out there, and see the band droning, thrashing, contorting, shouting, and having fits all over the place. Exuberantly expansive with razor sharp cavalcades of strident, scuzzed out sound, I must say TOHIC+ is an intense and intensely enjoyable listen.
     

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Surfer Blood @ The Rock'n'Roll Hotel 10/3

I love to make y'all happy. And if what makes me happy (free stuff) makes you happy, well, this should make you rather happy. Look how happy Veruca is!  

Surfer Blood is comin' to town in a matter of mere weeks, and your favorite scribette has a pair of tickets up for grabs to their 10/3 show at the Rock'n'Roll Hotel. 

I'm gonna make you work a little, though. But I have faith, and I'm expecting to be wowed. All you have to to win this here pair of tickets is impress me with your best Surfer Blood-related haiku poetry. Best haiku takes all. Email 'em to me no later than 9 am EST 10/2. Happy haiku-ing, and good luck y'all! 
     

Otherwise Engaged: Deerhunter/Crystal Stilts

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

As some of you know, now that it's college football season, some of my Saturday evenings are going to be spoken for (Roll Tide). This evening, that's kind of a good thing, as there are several good shows between which I'd seriously stress out over having to choose between. One such show is the serious dual threat of quirky, psyched and weirded out every which way noise going down at the 9:30 Club, courtesy of Deerhunter and Crystal Stilts. It's a heck of a bill and I have no doubts about how good that show will be. Folks, you might should get to this one.
  

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Week In Shows: 9/16-9/22

Lunchtime Monday is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

I'm finally back in town again, and it's good time to be here. There's plenty of great shows to pick and choose from (it's about time). This week definitely looks like one of the best gig-going weeks in quite a while. And remember, you can more than likely find me at any show denoted herewith with double stars.

MONDAY, 9/16/13

-Youth Lagoon + Pure X (9:30 Club)
-Sonic Circuits happening (Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage)

TUESDAY, 9/17/13

-City & Colour + Lucy Rose (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Lightning Dust + Louise Burns (DC9)
-O'Brother + Black Clouds + Native + Daylight (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)
-Screaming Females + Waxahatchee + Tenement (Black Cat)
-Teething Veils + The Cell Phones + Sansyou (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 9/18/13

-Alt-J + Lord Huron (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Clinic + Grooms (DC9)**
-D.O.A. + Nervous Impulse (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 9/19/13

-Alt-J + Lord Huron (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-No Joy + Alex Calder (DC9)
-Lee Scratch Perry (Howard Theatre)
-Soul Clap & Dance Off (Black Cat)
-Pet Shop Boys (The Strathmore)

FRIDAY, 9/20/13

-Tommy Keene + The Deadmen + Hero Jr. (9:30 Club)
-Kingsley Flood + Second String Band + The Family Hammer (Black Cat)
-The Young Sinclairs (The Well, Richmond)**
-Total Trash + Anti-Zen + Gouge Away (Comet Ping Pong)

SATURDAY, 9/21/13

-Deerhunter + Crystal Stilts (9:30 Club)**
-The Get It! + The Bunny Hop + Juneau Sky (Black Cat)
-Paperhaus + Starlight Girls + Zuma (The Lot at Union Kitchen)
-El Ten Eleven + Eliot Lipp (U Street Music Hall)
-The Grandmothers of Invention (Gypsy Sally's)
-Plums + Like Like The The The Death + Thee Lolitas (The Pinch)

SUNDAY, 9/22/13

-Stereophonics (9:30 Club)**
-Terry Malts + Queen Kong + Dot Dash (DC9)
-Ms Mr + Wildcat! Wildcat! (Black Cat)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Otherwise Engaged: Catholic Spray

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

I'm in Nashville for a few days, and it's not often you will hear me bemoan being in Music City. However, my being here means that I will miss a show this very evening at Velvet Lounge that could possibly burn the place to the ground in a fiery blaze of unholy glory. Catholic Spray, a decidedly un-Paris band from Paris (they claim "you're gonna shit a reverb"), is bringing their filthy, foaming at the mouth, scuzzed out lo-fi trash and roll to DC. Things could get messy, and I'm super bummed to miss it. Je suis très triste!
  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Week In Shows: 9/9-9/15

Sunday evening is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I'll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

College football has begun, as has the English Premier League. I'm a happy girl. I'm also pleased by the growing number of good shows coming to town. Heading into the middle of September, there's a lot to see. I'm out of town for a few days, but remember, you can find me at any show denoted herewith with double stars.

MONDAY, 9/9/13

-Blondie + X (9:30 Club)
-Butch Walker + Whiskey Gentry (U Street Music Hall)
-The Rosebuds + Dark Rooms (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)
-Majical Cloudz + Moon King + Paperhaus (DC9)
-The Sniffs + Wyldlife + The No Tomorrow Boys + Thee Lexington Arrows (Velvet Lounge)

TUESDAY, 9/10/13

-Savages + Duke Garwood (9:30 Club)
-Pere Ubu + Gagarin (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)
-Houses + Jamaican Queens (DC9)
-Catholic Spray + The Ha-Rang! + Fall Seattle (Velvet Lounge)
-Depeche Mode + Bat For Lashes (Jiffy Lube Live)
-Help Ben Tufts Charity Concert (Iota)
-Scout Niblet + Dope Body + Roomrunner (Comet Ping Pong)
-Richard Youngs + Terrence Hannum (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 9/11/13

-Shovels & Rope + Shakey Graves (9:30 Club)
-Muse + Cage The Elephant (Verizon Center)
-Chelsea Wolfe + True Widow (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)
-Water Liars + South Rail (6th & I)

THURSDAY, 9/12/13

-The Last Bison + The North Country (U Street Music Hall)
-Hellbound Glory + Supersuckers + Dot Dash (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)
-Califone + Richard Buckner (Iota)
-The Stepkids + Hot Hymns (DC9)
-Russell Brand (Warner Theatre)

FRIDAY, 9/13/13

-Tommy Keene + The Deadmen + Hero Jr. (9:30 Club)
-20th Anniversary Party f/ Gray Matter + Girls Against Boys + Ted Leo & The Pharmacists + more (Black Cat)
-Mission South + Dirty Names + Tauk (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 9/14/13

-20th Anniversary Party f/ Shudder to Think + Tuscadero + New Wet Kojak + more (Black Cat)
-America Hearts + Drunk Tigers + Mike & Cody (Comet Ping Pong)

SUNDAY, 9/15/13

-Pinback + Deathfix (9:30 Club)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sounds Of Hopscotch 2013 #25: Spiritualized

Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.

I've been listening to this next band for about fifteen years, and over the past thirteen years or so, I've been lucky enough to see Spiritualized live in three time zones and a wide variety of venues. I've never been disappointed. Jason Pierce is a legend in my eyes, both for his time in Spacemen 3 as well as the ethereal, transcendent beauty that is the Spiritualized canon. Always light, with Spiritualized, even amongst the darkest of days. A band everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

Sounds Of Hopscotch 2013 #24: Inter Arma

Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.

As long as they're together, Inter Arma will be one of my favorite Richmond bands. It's not because I'm a huge fan of metal, as we know, but because, even as a casual observer, these dudes are just too fucking good at what they do. Theirs isn't just making loud as all get out noise just because they can, everything has a purpose. It's smart, it's impeccable, and it's even a little fun (especially so when you get to see these boys kill it live). An experience not to be missed.
    

Sounds Of Hopscotch 2013 #23: Charalambides

Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.

It's just one of those things, I guess. I'm not really sure how I went this long without Charalambides entering my ears. After all, the Austinites are right up my alley, with their spooky, folksy psych noise. And they've been making that noise for quite some time. I suspect it might be even more intoxicating in person.  

Sounds Of Hopscotch 2013 #22: Torres

Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.

Listening to Torres, it's pretty hard to believe this is music made by a 22-year old. Mackenzie Scott, denizen of Nashville (yes, again with Nashville), writes beautiful, frank songs of innocence and experience with heaping helpings of reality, anchored by her no nonsense, songbird shown the wicked ways of the world vocals. 
  

Sounds Of Hopscotch 2013 #21: Ex-Cult

Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.

There's a whole lot of rock'n'roll in engrained in the history of Memphis, so it's not a surprise to come across a band that brings the rock like Ex-Cult does. Sparse, live wire songs and growly, couldn't-give-a-fuck vocals highlight the band's sound, and as far as I'm concerned it's impossible not to dig it. Definitely a band I'd love to see do their thing live.
  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sounds Of Hopscotch 2013 #20: Black Zinfandel

Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.

I tend to like bands with the word "Black" in the title, and Black Zinfandel doesn't stray from this truism. The Raleigh-based trio tends to blast their way through songs, merging punkish attitude with something a bit more psychedelic in practice. Whatever they're doing, it works. It's loud, and I like it.