Monday, November 25, 2013

The Week In Shows: 11/25-12/1

A Monday morn 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!

Y'all, I'm still recovering from last night. Not only the frigid temps but the ridiculously amazing set by Beasts of No Nation at the Black Cat. Hot. Dang. This week looks to be a bit slow, most likely because of that wonderful holiday of gluttony (and thanks) we all know and love. It's also the Iron Bowl, which is an even bigger deal than Thanksgiving (Roll Tide). I'll be taking it easy this week, though you still might catch me out and about.


MONDAY, 11/25/13

-Concert to Benefit Red Cross Phillipine Disaster Relief f/ Steve Bowes + Matt Tarka + Mantua Finials (Iota)

TUESDAY, 11/26/13

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Concert to Benefit Red Cross Phillipine Disaster Relief f/ Alexis and The Samurai + Andy Hawk and The Train Wreck Endings + Nick Bayard (Iota)
-MGMT (Constitution Hall)
-Amos Lee (Warner Theatre)
-Lamb of God (Fillmore)

WEDNESDAY, 11/27/13

-Watermelon + Paperhaus + The North Country + Gallons to Ounces (Black Cat)
-Temples + Myrrh Myrrh (DC9)

THURSDAY, 11/28/13

Take the day off, eat some turkey, and be thankful.

FRIDAY, 11/29/13


-Little War Twins + Satro + Miss Fridrich's Messy Ann Band + The Petticoat Tearoom (Black Cat)
-The Nighthawks (State Theatre)

-Elikeh (Tropicalia)

SATURDAY, 11/30/13

-Foxes (U Street Music Hall)
-Junior League + Walker's Run (Black Cat)
-Ra Ra Rasputin + PLOY + Bearshark (DC9)

-The Walkmen + Sunwolf + DJ Will Eastman (Union Market)
-Herman's Hermits (Ram's Head Annapolis)
-Drop Electric + Me and Karen + Black Hills (Rock'n'Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 12/1/13

-Animal Collective + bEEdEEgEE (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

-Spoonboy + Jason Anderson + Elizzadeath (Black Cat)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Untitled Interview #198: Starring Raimundo de Mussy (Pontiacs)

I've been banging the drum about Pontiacs for a little while now, and if I were you, friends, I wouldn't expect that to stop for a good long while. After all, my favorite Chilean psych rock brothers from another galaxy have just released a new LP (their third), and it's mighty fine indeed. You'll hear more about it from yours truly soon. 

In the meantime, I sent some burning questions to Chile, and have the following to share with you. Thanks to Raimundo de Mussy, we can all glean some insight into what makes the Pontiacs gentlemen tick, who among the Beatles and Stones they have time for, and the possibly not unexpected band they'd form a tribute band for. While you're reading, why not give a listen to new record Atacama Dreaming?
     
Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?
Raimundo de Mussy:
Doing fine, thanks.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
RDM: "Soon" by My Bloody Valentine.


FL: Playing music is:
RDM: MIND BLOWING! An extraordinary intense experience in which all the players involved connect through rhythms and noises, an instance to express every corner of your real inner self and to let spontaneousness and creativity expand and do the all the job by itself.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
RDM: The Stooges - s/t.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
RDM: I'd make Lennon and Ringo play along with Keith and Brian Jones, the rest can go f*** themselves.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this month, of of ever):
RDM: 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - s/t
Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse
Goat - World Music
A Place to Bury Strangers - s/t
John Maus -
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
RDM: Half-full.

FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
RDM: Tame Impala, they made space rock and psychedelia popular again.

FL: What’s the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
RDM: God, I hate that fucking alarm clock.

FL: Little-known Pontiacs fact?
RDM: Our keyboardist can't play any other song besides ours!

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
RDM: Needle.cl

FL: Shaken or stirred?
RDM: Nevermind.

FL: Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
RDM: Buy yourself a record player, iPods suck.

FL: If you weren’t in a band you’d be:
RDM: Probably a vagabond.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
RDM: The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

FL: Best song ever written?
RDM: I'm quite proud of "Bulgaria," from our last LP.



Friday, November 22, 2013

Bands On Film #49: Gringo Star @ Black Cat, 11/21/13






















Gringo Star

[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Gringo Star @ Black Cat 11/21!

Those wacky Atlanta boys in Gringo Star are probably some of my favorite dudes to see do their thing live. I try to see them whenever they roll into town, because I know I'll never be disappointed. 

If you also dig on that retro, sassy jangle the Gringos make, today might just be your lucky day. You see, friends, yours truly has a pair of tickets that might just have your name on 'em. If you have Gringo love, pay attention. To win these wonderful tickets to see the wonderful Gringo Star at the wonderful Black Cat this Thursday night, merely pop an email into my inbox telling me why you want to go to the show. Simple as pie. Just make sure you get me that email no later than 5pm tomorrow (11/20). 

Good luck, y'all! I'll be seeing someone's lucky face at the Black Cat in a couple days. 


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Week In Shows: 11/18-11/24

A Monday morn 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!

The more astute among you will notice that there was no show calendar last week. It was not, as they say, the Best Week Ever, so I took the week off as it were. Live music always makes it better, however, and this week is one of the best of recent times. Let's all get out there and show our love for those music-makers. Catch me at the shows with stars by 'em.

MONDAY, 11/18/13

-Sky Ferreira + Smith Westerns + Brett (9:30 Club)
-Basia Bulat + Molly Hagen (Iota)
-Teen Mom + Breakfast in Fur (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 11/19/13

-Sleigh Bells + Doldrums (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Minor Alps + Sylvan Esso (Black Cat)
-James Wallace & The Naked Light + Teen Men (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 11/20/13

-Exit Vehicles + Betsy and The Bicycles + Dagos (DC9)
-Mono + Majeure (Rock & Roll Hotel)

THURSDAY, 11/21/13

-Stephen Kellogg + The Saint Johns + Caroline Brooks (9:30 Club)
-Gringo Star + Ski Lodge (Black Cat)**
-Cymbals Eat Guitars + Grooms + The Silver Liners (DC9)**
-The Love Load + Iceberg Theory + Don Zientara (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 11/22/13

-M. Doughty + Moon Hooch (9:30 Club)
-Escort + JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound + Simon Phoenix (Black Cat)
-The Walking Sticks + National Rifle + Raised By Wolves (Velvet Lounge)
-Elvis Costello (Lisner Auditorium)
-Hoots & Hellmouth (Iota)
-Black Checker + The Joads + The Dead Women (Acre 121)
-Vandaveer + The Petticoat Tearoom + Dead Professional (Rock & Roll Hotel)**

SATURDAY, 11/23/13

-Lotus + Up Until Now (9:30 Club)
-Os Mutantes + Capsula (Black Cat)
-Harmonic Blue + Bosley + South Rail (DC9)
-Rohit Colin Rao + Panda Sanchez + Laura Peterson (Velvet Lounge)
-Tom McBride + The Weathervanes (Iota)
-Mazzy Star + Psychic Ills + Mariee Sioux (Fillmore)

SUNDAY, 11/24/13

-Lissie + Kopecky Family Band (9:30 Club)
-Joy Buttons + Beasts of No Nation + Title Tracks + The Max Levine Ensemble (Black Cat)**
-River City Extension + Hatfield McCoy + Duke Walker (DC9)
-Dangerous Cans + Pleasure Curses + Shirley House (Velvet Lounge)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sounds of Echo Fest 2013 #4: Haunted Leather

As a lover of festivals who just so happens to be a lover of psych, it should come as absolutely no surprise in the slightest that the psychedelically-inclined Echo Fest is totally in my wheelhouse. Created and curated by Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the Echo Fest (now in year 4) showcases some of the mighty fine psych and experimental bands found out there in the Middle Western territories. Should you find yourself in the greater Detroit area on November 16th, there's not a better event to attend.

O yes, my sweet ne'er-do-wells, I do believe I have fallen in love with Haunted Leather. Their black magical sonic manipulations call to mind spectral shades rendered reborn thanks to whispered incantations uttered on morose desert midnights. One of these days, I would love to see them share a stage with The Black Angels, as their sound is in that mighty fine vein.
  

Sounds of Echo Fest 2013 #3: Oblisk

As a lover of festivals who just so happens to be a lover of psych, it should come as absolutely no surprise in the slightest that the psychedelically-inclined Echo Fest is totally in my wheelhouse. Created and curated by Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the Echo Fest (now in year 4) showcases some of the mighty fine psych and experimental bands found out there in the Middle Western territories. Should you find yourself in the greater Detroit area on November 16th, there's not a better event to attend.

Oblisk, of Detroit, seems to like to make a whole lot of noise. As y'all know, I'm partial to bands that like to make a whole lot of noise. Hence, my disposition to all sorts of like the rambunctiousness that Oblisk gets themselves into. Breakneck, psych-tinted tomfoolery somewhat reminiscent of Disappears at times sounds more than fine to me, and I suspect they do some serious damage live. 


Sounds of Echo Fest 2013 #2: Heaven's Gateway Drugs

As a lover of festivals who just so happens to be a lover of psych, it should come as absolutely no surprise in the slightest that the psychedelically-inclined Echo Fest is totally in my wheelhouse. Created and curated by Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the Echo Fest (now in year 4) showcases some of the mighty fine psych and experimental bands found out there in the Middle Western territories. Should you find yourself in the greater Detroit area on November 16th, there's not a better event to attend.

Goodness sakes alive, y'all. It is possible that I have found salvation in the form of Fort Wayne, Indiana's Heaven's Gateway Drugs. Too much? Perhaps, but hot, hot damn. This band is ferociously good. Just a touch sinister, their revamped 60s jangle is jarring yet hypnotic. This is psych rock at its delirious best.
  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sounds Of Echo Fest 2013 #1: Electric Citizen

As a lover of festivals who just so happens to be a lover of psych, it should come as absolutely no surprise in the slightest that the psychedelically-inclined Echo Fest is totally in my wheelhouse. Created and curated by Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the Echo Fest (now in year 4) showcases some of the mighty fine psych and experimental bands found out there in the Middle Western territories. Should you find yourself in the greater Detroit area on November 16th, there's not a better event to attend.

Already on my radar thanks to a recommendation from the Ttotals dudes, Cincinnati's Electric Citizen is a fine inclusion to Echo Fest. Reminiscent somewhat of Black Mountain, Electric Citizen calls to mind the delirium of 70s metal while maintaining a modern psych slant. Siren-led and filled with riffs too big to ignore, the band is sure to bewitch.
   

Meet The Dead Heads

Y'all know that my eyes are always open for new psych. I've just found a little something from good old Australia (evidently a hotbed of psych rock activity) that I'd like to share with you. Ladies and gents, please warmly embrace The Dead Heads

"Power Tripping," from their hopefully soon-to-be released debut, is a splendid shambles of a song. Loud and crunchy, the four minutes and nine seconds are filled with dark, simmering sneers and snarls. The haunted refrain of the organ is a nice touch. It's  a fine choice for a lead single, and has definitely more than piqued my interest. Don't sleep on Oz, my friends. It's a land not to be ignored, especially for those with a sweet tooth for psych. 



The Week In Shows: 11/4-11/10

Holy crap, y'all, it's November! An impossibly beautiful Saturday morn 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!

We're zooming along to the end of the year. Batten down the hatches, Christmas shopping season will soon be upon us! In the meantime, there's plenty of shows to venture out and about for. My recommendations are below. As ever, you might just spot me at the shows with stars by 'em (at press time I was still making up my dang mind). Happy gigging.

As an aside, don't forget to vote this week! The choices might be lackluster (especially when it comes to the options for governor in Virginia), but those ladies and gents need to know that the masses are still concerned with their hijinks.   

MONDAY, 11/4/13

-The Head & The Heart + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down + Quiet Life (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Melt Banana + Brain Tentacles + Mutwawa (Black Cat)
-Braids + Hundred Waters + Kodak to Graphs (DC9)
-National Wake (Iota)

TUESDAY, 11/5/13

-Luke Temple (Black Cat)
-Tarfu + Stereoriots + Thaylobleu (Velvet Lounge)
-Tim Kasher + Laura Stevenson + Des Ark (Rock & Roll Hotel)

WEDNESDAY, 11/6/13

-Communion DC f/ Night Sweats, Tennis, + more (Black Cat)
-The Magician + Caleb L'Etoile (U Street Music Hall)
-Broncho + Spirit Animal + Vikesh Kapoor (DC9)
-And So I Watch You From Afar + TTNG + Mylets (Rock & Roll Hotel)

THURSDAY, 11/7/13

-J. Roddy Walston & The Business + No BS! Brass Band (9:30 Club)
-Coco Rosie (6th & I)
-Young Galaxy + Mister Lies (Black Cat)
-England in 1819 + Graph Rabbit (Tree House Lounge)
-John Vanderslice + Bent Shapes (DC9)
-Electric Grandmother + Catscan! + Goddammit + Matty Rockville (Velvet Lounge)

FRIDAY, 11/8/13

-Built to Spill + Slam Dunk + Genders + The Warm Hair (9:30 Club - Early Show)
-Fire & The Wheel + Jon Parker 9 (The Dunes)
-Scott Miller + Hollis Brown (Gypsy Sally's)
-Pacman + Peso + DJ 2Coat$ (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Blow + Love Inks (Black Cat)
-John Fogerty (Constitution Hall)
-Justin Jones + Long Arms (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 11/9/13

-Lotus + Up Until Now (9:30 Club)
-Sunwolf + Very Americans + Nice Breeze (Comet Ping Pong)
-Clones Of Clones + Molehill + Preston Hull (Velvet Lounge)
-Midlake + Nicole Atkins (solo) (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 11/10/13

-Lotus + Up Until Now (9:30 Club)
-Pop Zeus (Galaxy Hut)
-Grant-Lee Phillips + Adrian Krygowski (6th & I)
-Penny Pistolero + Jeremy Porter & The Tucos + Davey Brown (Velvet Lounge)