Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Week In Shows: 5/26-6/1

An impossibly pretty Sunday morning in the middle of a long weekend is as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. For the weekend, anyway! 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 may or may not be taking in over the course of this abbreviated week. Hot diggity!

Awesome show season is upon us, friends. The decision-making process about where to spend your show-going time has gotten a lot trickier. I've been pretty happy lately, but this abundance of good music elevates my mood even more. This week is another pretty good week around town, though a little thin (to allow for recovery from the holiday weekend, no doubt). And you never know, I just might see you out and about during the week. As always, anything that's starred has a high forecast of yours truly being there.

MONDAY, 5/26/14

-Shilpa Ray (Black Cat)
-Cigarbox Plantarium (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 5/27/14

-Michael Ian Black + Matt Koff (9:30 Club)
-The Flatmates + Foul Swoops + Expert Alterations + DJ Archie Moore (Comet Ping Pong)
-Girafftermath + Abigail Palmer's Fusion Trio + Sow It Goes (Black Squirrel)

WEDNESDAY, 5/28/13

-Teen Mom + Minka (Black Cat)
-Wild Luck + Showpony + Penguin Gentry (DC9)
-Wanted Man + Yonatan Gat + Our Griffins (Paper Haus)

THURSDAY, 5/29/14

-The Torches + Puff Pieces + Flamers (Comet Ping Pong)
-Vic & Gab + Ghost Hotel (Black Cat)
-Holly Williams + Justin Jones (The Hamilton)

FRIDAY, 5/30/14

-Channels + Soccer Team + Bells> (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Foul Swoops + Nic Fits + Anchor 3 + Luke Reddick (St. Stephens - benefit show)
-Drop Electric + The Walking Sticks + Raised By Wolves (Howard Theatre)

SATURDAY, 5/31/14

-The NRIs + Light Arms + Step Pets (Iota)
-Eels + Chelsea Wolfe (Lincoln Theatre)
-Old 97s + Lydia Loveless (9:30 Club)
-Futurebirds + Avers (Black Cat)
-Red Fang + Big Business + American Sharks (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 6/1/14

-DC Record Fair (Artisphere)
-Yuck Finn + Marmalakes (Tree House Lounge)
-The Menzingers + Lemuria + Pup + Cayetana (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Nightbox + Rush Midnight (DC9)

[posted 5.25.14]

The Untitled Interview #199: Starring Lee Bains III

Y'all know that, having spent four years there, I've got one heck of a soft spot for the heart of Dixie, otherwise known as the great state of Alabama. Especially when white lighting hot rock and roll is involved. And when it comes to Lee Bains III, it's only rock and roll. And I'd imagine he likes it.

There's an effortlessness to what Bains and his band of Glory Fires do, you might could call it purity of form. Theirs is good, old-fashioned, muscle car and barbecue and lots of beer rock and fucking roll. They call themselves the "real Bama rock & roll," and that's pretty much the straight up truth. If you dig that kind of sound, Bains and his compatriots are right up your alley. Read on to see what Bains has to say on all manner of things, from his favorite spot in Alabama to the state of Florida, to the perils of playing live music. And true story, his favorite spot to play was a spot I hung out in in college. Which obviously means it's all sorts of awesome. And the same can be said of LB3.

Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?

Lee Bains III: I'm on tour, riding shotgun and wearing an eyepatch as the result of catching a guitar string in the eyeball the night before last. It doesn't feel awesome.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
LB3: "Betting on the Dogs" by the Archibalds.

FL: Playing music is:

LB3: ... best done loud.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?

LB3: When I was a little fellow, I was pretty taken with Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
LB3: The Beatles have grown on me in recent years, but the Stones for sure.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):

LB3: Of now:

Big Star - Radio City
Turf War - The Great Escape EP
Link Wray - Link Wray
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
LB3: Coal Miner's Daughter.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
LB3: Half-empty, but self-aware enough to reiterate "half-full" to myself on the reg.

FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
LB3: We are all trying hard.

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
LB3: "Coffeeeeeeeeee....."

FL: Little-known LBIII fact?
LB3: We have never played in Florida. That situation arose by chance, but we have decided to ride it out for as long as we can, just for the hell of it.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
LB3: Treehouse Records in MPLS? There are a lot.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
LB3: N/A.

FL: Favorite venue (either to play or to visit)?
LB3: Egan's Bar in Tuscaloosa.

FL: Best piece of advice you've ever been given?
LB3: "Lift with your knees." - Daddy

FL: What's your favorite spot/place/city/wherever in Alabama? 
LB3: The south side of Birmingham.

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
LB3: In school right now more than likely.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
LB3: Not inclined, but thanks!

FL: Best song ever written?
LB3: "Stars" by the Primitons.

[photo by Ida Thoresen]

[posted 5.25.14]

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Rock & Roll Hotel, 5/21/14

It seems impossible that it's been three odd years or so since I last took in the glorious sweetness that is The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. And yet, that's exactly the situation. Thankfully, the band rectified things most agreeably, and their set at the Rock & Roll Hotel was nothing short of giddy pop perfection. 

Sporting a new lineup (lose some, gain some, as it were - and now the band can boast a set of twins!), The Pains rolled into town in support of their excellent new record, Days of Abandon. I'm convinced that seeing this band live can turn just about any frown upside down, and though I've been in a pretty good mood lately the band made me feel nigh on gleeful.

The set was heavily slanted to the new material, which was just fine by me. The first track from Days of Abandon, "Art Smock," kicked things off, and the gently wistful song actually got the DC crowd to hush a little with its prettiness. "Until The Sun Explodes" really set the tone for the poptastic evening, somehow recalling "Friday I'm in Love" while bursting with rambunctious sweetness. The new songs definitely feel a bit more purely pop than, say, the first Pains record, but there's a little bite to them that's just magical.

It was such a treat to hear older favorites like "Come Saturday," "Young Adult Friction," and "This Love is Fucking Right!," and they fit right in with the newer songs, balancing the new Pains with a little of the crunch of older Pains. Each song was as pop rocks perfect as the next, enchantingly infectious and completely spot on. The set was over in what felt like a flash, and that was the only instance a frown crossed my face the entire night. Hopefully it won't be another three years until my next Pains show...     

Full set list: 

Art Smock
Until The Sun Explodes
Heart in Your Heartbreak
The Body
Simple and Sure
Come Saturday
Young Adult Friction
Life After Life
This Love is Fucking Right!
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Everything With You
Teenage Dream

[photo courtesy The Pains of Being Pure at Heart]

[posted 5.24.14]   

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Live Review: Eagulls @ Rock & Roll Hotel, 5/14/14

There's really nothing like seeing a band you kinda really dig for the first time. And I must admit, I'd been looking forward to seeing noisy English upstarts Eagulls for a while. I've had their self-titled lp on a whole lot lately, and I was curious to see how the songs would go over live. Turns out, the only thing I was disappointed with was the turnout. But as far as Eagulls is concerned, hot damn, y'all.

Right away, I was impressed. The band sounded great, and had a raw, powerful presence on the Rock & Roll Hotel's stage. At times I felt a little spooked by just how uncannily singer George Mitchell seemed to unwittingly channel Ian Curtis. Curtis-ian moments aside, Eagulls really nailed their set. It was a loud, wonderful set, and more than did justice to the unapologetic vitriol that peppers the record. 

The crowd, while smaller than it really ought to have been, gave it their best, even getting some impromptu moshing going during several of the more rousing points in the set. It felt like a younger crowd, which, given the Eagulls tendency to sound a bit petulantly rebellious, makes quite a bit of sense. 

Mitchell's delivering of the songs was pretty much right on. Casual and indifferent, but derisive at the same time, he was wiry and impossible to ignore. And of course, points to any band that has a guitarist who can toss his hair with abandon worthy of the finest in 80s hair metal bands. The end was nigh much too quickly, and while it was a favorite song (the lively, rollicking roil that is "Possessed"), I wanted more. 

So really, y'all, the biggest problem with seeing Eagulls live is that their set will end. And if you're as into them as I am, that'll be kind of a bummer. But otherwise, get out there and check these dudes out whenever humanly possible. 

[photo copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 5.18.14]

Video Of The Day #7: Mystic Braves

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 was already ridiculously in smit with this particular Mystic Braves ditty, and they went and made my addiction even worse. There is not a darned thing about the video for "Desert Island" that isn't absolutely awesome. Just like the song. Here's the deal. They're in the desert! Under unbleached skies! They're playing their song! There are random shots of florals and other things! It's campy and amazing! Basically, it's trippy dippy, it's exactly what you would probably expect it to be, and it's absolutely, completely, and utterly perfect. Yeah, just like the song.

[posted 5.18.14]

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Crossing The Pond: Cathode Ray Eyes

Seeing as The Cult of Dom Keller made one of my favorite records of last year, it would just be silly for me not to talk about Cult member Ryan's side gig, Cathode Ray Eyes. Not unexpectedly, there's some psych rock involved, but it's not what you think.

The songs here are interesting and quixotic as they wanna be, as with TCODK, but there's an almost spiritual vibration happening here. Depending, of course, on your beliefs. A touch stripped down at times, the songs venture deep into shadowy gray areas and down below the murky depths. You never know what you might hear from one song to the next. The gritty noise isn't far off, though, it's always there. Lurking. Cathode Ray Eyes is a mighty fine solo project, and for fans of all things psych shouldn't be missed.

[posted 5.17.14]

Video Of The Day #6: Dead Fame

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've already gushed all over the place about the latest effort from Richmond's dynamite synth-goth Dead Fame, but now they've gone and made a video for my song obsession "Joan Crawford," so naturally I have to talk about it. Like the band's sound itself, the video keeps the 1980s in mind, to great effect. The taut, sinister sexiness of the song is bolstered by shots of the band looking both exceptionally photogenic and a little bit badass in their shades. Ultimately, the amazingness that is the song is the star, but the video proves a solid backdrop. Get to watchin' y'all. 

[posted 5.17.14]

The Week In Shows: 5/19-5/25

An nearly perfect Saturday morning is as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. For the weekend, anyway! 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 may or may not be taking in over the course of this abbreviated week. Hot diggity!

As they say in one of my favorite movies of all time ever, it's all happening. The good shows are here, and there's plenty on the ole horizon. This week is exceptionally tasty, so get out there and take in some great music. And you never know, I just might see you out and about during the week. As always, anything that's starred has a high forecast of yours truly being there.

MONDAY, 5/19/14

-Walter Schreifels + Creepoid (Black Cat)
-Jimmy Recca (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 5/20/14

-Maximo Park + Eternal Summers (Rock & Roll Hotel)**
-Deer Tick + Langhorne Slim & The Law + The Districts (Black Cat - SOLD OUT)
-The Faint + Suuns + Darren Keen (9:30 Club)
-Wolfmother + Kadaver (Lincoln Theatre)
-Baby Bry Bry + Homebody + Johnny Fantastic (Velvet Lounge)
-The Woggles + Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness + The Stents (Comet Ping Pong)
-Ex-Cult + The Dead Women (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 5/21/13

-The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Fear of Men + Ablebody (Rock & Roll Hotel)**
-Young Widow + Helms Alee + Pygmy Lush (DC9)
-Deer Tick + Langhorne Slim & The Law + The Districts (Black Cat)
-Ulcerate + Inter Arma (Empire)

THURSDAY, 5/22/14

-Trans Am + Heavy Breathing (Black Cat)
-Deleted Scenes + Celestial Shore + Laughing Man (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 5/23/14

-Fu Manchu + Electric Citizen + Borracho (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Conor Oberst + Dawes (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 5/24/14

-Guided By Voices + Doug Gillard (Black Cat)
-Bearshark + Black Girls + Alex Vans & The Hideaway + Andy Bop (The Deli @ Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Conor Oberst + Dawes (9:30 Club)
-Teen + The Sea Life (U Street Music Hall)

SUNDAY, 5/25/14

-Cass McCombs + Jana Hunter (Black Cat)

[posted 5.17.14]

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bands On Film #54: Eagulls @ Rock & Roll Hotel, 5/14/14


[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 5/16.14]

Bands On Film #53: Lorelle Meets The Obsolete @ Tropicalia, 5/12/14

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 5.16.14]

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bands On Film #52: Ttotals @ Tropicalia, 5/12/14


[all photos copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 5.13.14]