Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On The Road Again: Ringo Deathstarr

My first time seeing Ringo Deathstarr was quite a few years back, during SXSW. They impressed the heck out of me then with their spirited, towering noise and general awesomeness, and have consistently been getting better and better with each show I've caught.

The Austin-based trio is fixing to head out in support of new long player Pure Mood, and if new single "Guilt" is any indication, it's going to be a fucking great record. I just might have to drive up to Baltimore for this one, y'all. Be sure you go see these three when they roll up in your city. 


RINGO DEATHSTARR TOUR DATES

10/01 DALLAS TX @ CLUB DADA

10/02 HOUSTON TX @ FITZGERALDS

10/13 CHATANOOGA TN @ JJ's BOHEMIA

10/14 BALTIMORE MD @ METRO GALLERY

10/15 CMJ BROOKLYN NY @ ALPHAVILLE

10/16 CMJ BROOKLYN NY @ BLACK BEAR

10/17 CMJ BROOKLYN NY @ ROUGH TRADE

10/18 BOSTON MA @ MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS

10/20 PHILADELPHIA PA @ KUNG FU NECKTIE

10/21 WILKES BARRE PA @ THE OTHER SIDE

10/22 ATHENS OH @ OHIO UNIVERSITY

10/23 CHICAGO IL @ SUBTERANEAN

11/8 AUSTIN TX FUN FUN FUN FEST

11/21 UTRECHT NETHERLANDS @ LE GUESS WHO

11/23 FORLI-CESENA, ITALY @ SAVIGANO SUL RUBICONE

12/6 SAPPORO JAPAN @ SPIRITUAL LOUNGE  

12/8 TOKYO SHIBUYA @ WOMB

12/9 KYOTO @ GATTACA

12/10 OSAKA @ FANJ TWICE

12/11 NAGOYA @ TIGHT ROPE

12/12 YAMANASHI @ BODEGA EAST







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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Video of The Day #73: Jesus and Mary Chain

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 been about three years or so since I last had the pleasure of seeing those wily Jesus & Mary Chain lads live, and in honor of their 30th anniversary Psychocandy performances, I thought it prudent to showcase a clip from said record. "Just Like Honey" is simple video art at its best, the gents sporting their all-black ensembles and tangled coifs as they churn out a lovely piece of droning, scuzzy sweetness. I will never get sick of seeing Bobby Gillespie's younger self on drums, either. A true classic. 





[posted 9.27.15]

The Week In Shows: 9/28-10/4

A perfect pre-fall Sunday evening 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!

It's finally my favorite season and it's a mere handful of days until my favorite season, all of which means I'm fixing to be as happy as a clam. A saying I've never really understood, but y'all know what I mean. The good shows are coming, and that's the important thing. Once again, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 9/28/15

-FIDLAR + Dune Rats (Black Cat)
-Buddy Guy (Birchmere)
-American Wrestlers + Living Hour + Boon (DC9)

TUESDAY, 9/29/15

-Patty Griffin + Sam Lee (Birchmere - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 9/30/15

-Hemlines + Homosuperior (Black Cat)
-Gang of Four (Ottobar) (worth the drive)

THURSDAY, 10/1/15

-Dead Set + Goliath Rex (Velvet Lounge)
-Bully + Heat + Dead Soft (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Wolf Alice + Drenge (U Street Music Hall)
-Title Tracks + BRNDA + Art Sorority for Girls (MLK Library)

FRIDAY, 10/2/15

-Hamilton Leithauser (AMP)
-Dot Dash + Nox (Comet Ping Pong)

SATURDAY, 10/3/15

-Stevie Wonder (Verizon Center) (Extra Recommended!)
-Built to Spill + Helvetia + Clarke & The Himselfs (9:30 Club)
-Ought + LVL UP + BRNDA (Comet Ping Pong)
-Noah Gunderson + Field Report (Black Cat)
-Pentagram + Satan's Satyr + Electric Citizen (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SUNDAY, 10/4/15

-Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls + Skinny Lister + Beans on Toast (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Video of The Day #72: CHVRCHES

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 been waiting rather impatiently on new CHVRCHES material, and now that the new long player Every Open Eye is here I'm a happy kitten. The band's clip for "Leave a Trace" is gorgeous, with the pixie-ish Lauren Mayberry front and center and emoting all manner of feelings while fog floats and feathers dramatically behind her. The single offers more of that familiar addictive, glossy synth action that we all couldn't help but fall in love with on upstart lp The Bones of What You Believe, and shouldn't be missed. 






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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Singles Club: Helvetia

Y'all know how I love a good side project. Helvetia is the side gig of Built to Spill's bassist Jason Albertini, and I'm intrigued.

"Crumbs Like Saucers" is a pretty compelling little jam. Humming with an ever-present, obstinate drone, the two minutes fly by in a whirl of Albertini's blasĂ©, heard-it-all vocals and a fetching haze of wandering noise. This is a song it's hard to tear yourself away from.
   



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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Otherwise Engaged: Sturgill Simpson

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.

Current bright young country thing Sturgill Simpson is a fella yours truly has a pretty large crush on these days. He's also in town for two sold out stints at the Lincoln Theatre, and yours truly isn't able to go to either night (much sadness). If you've scored one, though, you're in for a treat. That voice of his could melt a thousand glaciers, I'm pretty dang sure. 




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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Video of The Day #71: Spacehog

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.

If I really sit down and think about it, y'all, I've got to say that Spacehog's "In The Meantime" would have to rank as one of my very favorite songs from the 1990s. I love that ever so slightly camp, endless energy that springs forth from the English foursome, and the video for the song is an apt visual representation. But proceed with caution, there's some rather dodgy 90s fashion happening in the following four and a half minutes. But with a song like this, all is always going to be forgiven. 

As an added bonus, there's a little ditty for you from the latest 'hog long player, proving they're still killing it. 





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The Week In Shows: 9/21-9/27

A perfect pre-fall Sunday evening 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!

This is about to be one of my favorite weeks of the year, friends, because it's about to officially be my favorite season of all. All will be well in fall! And get excited, y'all, there's tons of good shows coming to town. This week being no exception! Hot damn, it's a good time to be a music lover. Once again, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 9/21/15

-Ultimate Painting + The Beginner's Mynd + Ruby Fray (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Fratellis + Grizfolk (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Official Fratellis Afterparty (DC9)

TUESDAY, 9/22/15

-The Bellfuries + Jessica Lee Wilkes (DC9)
-Wayne Hancock (Hill Country Live)
-Mikal Cronin + Calvin Love + The Cairo Gang (U Street Music Hall)

WEDNESDAY, 9/23/15

-Sturgill Simpson + Billy Wayne Davis (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-The Cribs (U Street Music Hall)
-The Boundary Stones + Psychic Subcreatures + Nox (DC9)
-Steve Earle & The Dukes + The Mastersons (The Birchmere)

THURSDAY, 9/24/15

-Gardens & Villa + Palebound (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Sturgill Simpson + Billy Wayne Davis (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Tereu Tereu + Lobo Marino + Dirty Dishes + Two Inch Astronaut (The Pinch)
-Dream Boat + Strawberry Runners (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 9/25/15

-Ash + Dot Dash (Jammin Java)
-Christopher Paul Stelling (Gypsy Sally's)
-Phil Cook + The Dead Tongues (DC9)
-The Plums + Grex + Chester Hawkins (Velvet Lounge)
-El Ten Eleven + Sego (Black Cat)
-The Beanstalk Library + The Lights Out + Precautionary Measures (IOTA)

SATURDAY, 9/26/15

-Caustic Casanova + Black Dog Prowl + Treble Lifter (The Pinch)
-The Mynabirds + Stranger Cat + Bad Bad Hats (U Street Music Hall)
-Landmark Music Festival (West Potomac Park)
-Mike Krol + Title Tracks (Comet Ping Pong)
-Low + Andy Shauf (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 9/27/15

-The Jesus & Mary Chain + The Black Ryder (9:30 Club) (Extra Recommended!)
-Speedy Ortiz (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Loretta Lynn + The von Trapps (Lincoln Theatre)
-Landmark Music Festival (West Potomac Park)



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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #20: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

So this one's obviously coming after the fact, but having seen this band of wonderful kooks live last weekend in a sweaty, loud, frenzied show, I can heartily and unreservedly recommend to you the live performance of Aussies King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Raucous psych infused with all sorts of intense energy make these Down Under dudes a must-see.  




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Singles Club: Fernando

I'm a big fan of the troubadour. Give me a fella with a story to tell and a voice with which to tell it and I'm pretty much sold. 

Portland's Fernando is one such gentleman, and he's got the dramatic backstory (years spent tackling a badly-diagnosed illness) to throw in alongside his dreamy, optimistically world-weary vocals and searching songs. "Save Me" takes things to heart and looks for salvation and it's a mighty fine thing to hear.  



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Video of The Day #70: Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor

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 been a little while since I've said anything about Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, and that's a rather egregious error on my part. I'm terribly sorry, y'all. Over the past little while, the Motor City trio has been hard at work crafting some seriously bewitching muscle psych rock, and "Desert Brain" is one hell of a trip. The video, too, is something to behold. Creeping down a hallway to the band in performance, the black and white view is eventually shed, revealing rich colors and a rather robust sound. By the time it's all over, you might just want what they're having.   


Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - Desert Brain from SOYSV on Vimeo.



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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Week In Shows: 9/16-9/20

A rather ordinary Tuesday evening 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'm still having quite a Hopscotch hangover, y'all, so the calendar this week is a touch on the abbreviated side. This week is still a good one, though, so be sure to get out there and support those great local and touring bands. And stay tuned, I'll be picking one extra special show as my super extra recommended show of the week, which you should probably go to if at all possible. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


WEDNESDAY, 9/16/15

-Catfish and The Bottlemen + Jamie N Commons (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

THURSDAY, 9/17/15

-Ride + DIIV (9:30 Club) (Extra Recommended!)
-Until The Ribbon Breaks + Lightwaves + Sir Eu (DC9)
-Faults + The North Country (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 9/18/15

-Tommy Keene + Dot Dash (IOTA)
-Alabama Shakes + Drive-By Truckers (Merriweather Post Pavilion)

SATURDAY, 9/19/15

-Years & Years + Tei Shi (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Puff Pieces + Positive No + Teen Liver + BRNDA (Bathtub Republic)

SUNDAY, 9/20/15

-Algiers + Dark Blue (Rock & Roll Hotel)



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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #19: Sheer Mag

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

If you're in need of some serious, seriously gritty rock and roll, look no further than Philly's Sheer Mag. Blue collar brassiness abounds, and the spitfire vocals and dynamite riffs are all sorts of nostalgic for the early 80s. In the best way possible. 





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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #18: Patois Counselors

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

One of the most exciting little diamonds I've found amongst the stacked Hopscotch lineup is Charlotte post-punk outfit Patois Counselors. I was struck instantly with their noisy onslaught, so reminiscent to me of the divine Swell Maps. Jerking, twitching, and relentless, the grit rolls ever onward, wreaking havoc. And I want more.  




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #17: Boulevards

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

There is catchy, and then there is CATCHY. Local Raleigh dude Boulevards (Jamil Rashad) makes good time get down songs that are catchy as hell, drawing from the 70s and 80s in particular to attain next level infectiousness. "Forgot to Mention" has a bassline evocative of "Another One Bites the Dust," and Rashad's vocals at times call to mind the one and only Freddie Mercury. "You Got to Go" slants more to the funk end of the spectrum, and both songs are impossible to ignore.   




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #16: Ian William Craig

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

As a lady of class and refinement, I've been to the opera a time or two in my day. But it's a rare happening to be able to discuss an opera singer for Fuzzy Logic. Vancouver (of the Canadian variety) fellow Ian William Craig just so happens to have been trained as such, though these days his efforts are less standard opera procedure than they are experimental. His compositions are otherworldly oddities, and can at times be quite breathtaking. 




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #15: Acid Chaperone

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

A lot of what makes Hopscotch so rad is that there's a ton of local bands that get on the bill. And when the proving ground is as fertile as the Triangle, that means seeing some pretty great local talent. Acid Chaperone is one of these local Raleigh outfits, and they peddle a sound that makes your girl quite happy. Loud, trippy, Krauty psych rock played with a freewheeling, anything goes kind of vibe. That's the ticket, y'all. That's definitely the ticket.  




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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #14: Leapling

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

There's something just a little off about Leapling. And I mean that in the best way possible. The way a multitude of free flowing musical idiosyncrasies permeate their delightful songs is incredibly engaging, making this Brooklyn crew a little bit nerdy but a whole lot rock and roll. In their own special way.   




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Video of The Day #69: Lower Dens

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.

Y'all know that as far as I'm concerned, Lower Dens can pretty much do no wrong. I've been spending a lot of time with the Escape from Evil lp, and am totally getting wrapped up in their journey down a synthier, slicker, 80s-nostalgic path. "To Die in L.A." and the accompanying video capture much of the excessive vapidity and over-the-topness that many associate with dear Los Angeles, all while sounding totally gorgeous.  






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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #13: River Whyless

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

They call themselves "Baroque folk," does River Whyless, and it's a term that is actually pretty spot on. Frolicking from winsome folk to a more spine-chilling, delicate setting, the Asheville outfit always keeps it pretty. I suspect their live show enhances this loveliness even more. 




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #12: Advaeta

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

Like the Furies calling forth a vengeful tempest, Advaeta storms and shreds and wails enough to blow the house down. But they do it all with a honeyed coo, so sweet and so pretty that it's hard not to relish all that pummeling clamor. A rather smoldering, impassioned noise, and noise that I'm looking forward to hearing more of. 




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #11: Echo Courts

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

A little jangle and a little fuzz, y'all, that's sometimes all it takes to make me happy. Echo Courts, of Greensboro, NC, has plenty of both. They definitely give the impression that their live shows are a mighty good time, so easy is it to get into their sing-along choruses and general scuzz pop likability. 




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #10: Leverage Models

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

While influences for the sparkling synthy dazzle of Leverage Models are obvious, there's plenty of substance to accompany the decidedly 80s style of Shannon Fields's songs. The sumptuous songs are just glitzy enough, and are sure to please any palate that misses the days of synth pop glory days gone by.  




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On The Road Again: Grooms

Good people making good music. That's what Grooms is all about, y'all. They've just started a hefty tour schedule in promotion of latest long player Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair, and I can't encourage you enough to go take in their show. 

And oh by the way, a large majority of these shows also feature A Place to Bury Strangers, so it's pretty much the perfect bill for your girl. Alas and alack, however, no DC date is planned, so I'm counting on y'all to go and get your fill of the clever, thoughtfully brooding goodness of Grooms. Having had the pleasure of seeing them before, I can vouch for the high enjoyment factor. 



GROOMS TOUR DATES

09/08 - Norman, OK @ Opolis
09/10 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
09/12 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt #
09/13 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey #
09/14 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
09/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
09/18 - Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
09/19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
09/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex #
09/22 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #
09/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
09/25 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
09/27 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
09/28 - Madison, WI @ The Vault
09/29 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle #
09/30 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
10/01 - Covington, KY @ Madison Live #
10/02 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern #
10/03 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café #
10/05 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #
10/06 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa #
10/07 - Boston, MA @ Middle East #
10/09 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus #
10/27 - Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
10/29 - Lucerne, Switzerland @ Schuur #
10/30 - Milano, Italy @ Circolo Agora #
10/31 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Orto Bar #
11/02 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Mochvara #
11/03 - Sarajevo, Bosnia @ AG Club #
11/04 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Drugstore #
11/05 - Skopje, Macedonia @ MKC #
11/06 - Thessaloniki, Greece @ Mylos #
11/07 - Athens, Greece @ Gagarin 205 #
11/08 - Volos, Greece @ Lab Art #
11/12 - Sofia, Bulgaria @ Mixtapes #
11/13 - Bucharest, Romania @ Control Club #
11/14 - Budapest, Hungary @ A38 #
11/16 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Meet Factory #
11/17 - Warsaw, Poland @ Klub Hydrozagadka #
11/18 - Sopot, Poland @ Dwie Zmiany #
11/19 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol #
11/20 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Guess Who Festival

# w/ A Place To Bury Strangers




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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #9: Big Ups

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

Ah, the sweet sound of frantic, nervy belligerence. Big Ups leaves nothing out, writhing and howling and wailing through the morass. Foot on the gas, they take the turns way over the speed limit. And their songs are all the better for it. 





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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #8: Booher

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

The name comes from main man Michael Booher, and the sound comes from Austin, TX. Booher fills their collective boots well, strolling through Americana loved up on some warm, golden AM radio energy. The music is lively, unapologetically so, and definitely warrants further investigation.    





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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #7: Wymyns Prysyn

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

There's a little bit (ok, a lot) of a rather anti-social snarl that emanates from the noise made by Atlanta's Wymyns Prysyn, and I kinda like it. Combative, moody, and surly, the band churns along in a dark cloud. I'd expect the live versions of a WP set are even more intense.  





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Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #6: Flock of Dimes

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

I'm a big advocate for side projects, especially when they're as divine as Flock of Dimes, the solo endeavor of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner. Shimmering synthy textures undulate behind Wasner's lush velvet vocals, leaving a rather decadent feeling behind. 




[posted 9.8.15]

Monday, September 7, 2015

Singles Club: Dead Professional

Y'all know that I've been a fan of Dead Professional for a little while now, and I'm starting to get the sneaking suspicion that my fandom is about to balloon. You see, DP founder John Harouff is no longer flying solo, which means an even fuller sound and even more awesome live shows. Color me pleased as spiked punch.

"You Heard What You Wanted" is the newest Dead Professional offering, and it's a doozy. Harouff's voice, disarming and earnest with that certain classic something in his rich timbres, is given a buoyant backdrop of pure guitar-driven pop rock, and the resulting two minutes and forty-six seconds are nigh on impeccable. If you haven't done so yet, now is the time to keep your eye on these Virginia boys.  






[posted 9.7.15]

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #5: Black Clouds

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

It's always a treat to see some DC folks on festival bills, and this time it's the moody, expansive walls of noise made by Black Clouds that's heading to Raleigh to melt some faces. The trio's cavernous waves of towering sludge are sure to cause a stir. And that reminds me, it's time to buy earplugs.  





[posted 9.7.15]

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #4: Grandma Sparrow

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

To me, listening to Grandma Sparrow calls to mind the slightly sinister, candy-coated weird and wild world of Willy Wonka (as played to perfection by Gene Wilder). The alter ego of one-third of Megafaun, Joe Westerlund, Grandma Sparrow sounds like Lewis Carroll's wackiest imaginings brought to life, to rather enjoyable effect.  




[posted 9.7.15]

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #3: Las Rosas

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

There's no question that the gents of Brooklyn's Las Rosas have a little bit of a soft spot for the music of the 1960s. Their own sound is very simpatico with the classics, with plenty of tight, kicky jangling and some almost Zombies vibes floating around. Naturally, I'm more than a little intrigued. 




[posted 9.7.15]

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #2: Sarah Louise

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

Sarah Louise's music is evocative of many things. In her intricate strumming you can hear countless memories from times long past, whispers and hushed conversations long since silent. Fog rolling into the woods, feathered ghosts among towering branches kissed by an autumn chill. The not entirely unpleasant sensation of wilderness solitude. Her songs are rooted in mountain tradition but are absolutely au courant. 




[posted 9.7.15]

Sounds of Hopscotch 2015 #1: Moon Duo

It's that time, y'all. Hopscotch time. Despite being a relative new kid on the festival block, with every year the Raleigh festivus gets bigger and harder to ignore. And I'm delighted to report that after a brief hiatus, your intrepid hostess will be venturing down I-85 to check out this year's impressive musical offerings. The only bummer is that I can't see every band the festival has to offer. These are my Hopscotch picks, imperative listening whether you're going to be in Raleigh this coming weekend or not.

Obviously, as a Wooden Shjips fan, I was pre-programmed to seriously dig Moon Duo. Head Shjips honcho Ripley Johnson's other project is a bastion of space psych oddities, a purveyor of astral riffs and extraterrestrial sonic explorations. To say I'm happy to finally be able to see them live is quite possibly the understatement of the week.    




[posted 9.7.15]

Video of The Day #68: Lionlimb

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 so simple that it's genius, really. Stewart Bronaugh and Joshua Jaeger, otherwise known as Lionlimb, are showcasing the freewheeling Nashville psych vibes of their new single "Turnstile" with a slideshow smorgasbord of Bronaugh's own very cool, very modern art drawings. The abstract imagery proves a great foil for the delectable off-kilter antics of the song. Very promising indeed. 







[posted 9.7.15]

Good Cover Version: Guards Does Beck

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.

It's been a regretfully long while since I've loved up on Guards, so I'm glad to have this opportunity to gush a little bit. The band has just released a cover of that slightly spazzed out 90s staple from Beck, "Devil's Haircut," giving it a dip in a slowed down, psychedelic fuzz vibe. The dreamy Richie James Follin spins yarns in a slightly less animated manner than usual, working in favor of this technicolor dream cover. Dig it, y'all.  




[posted 9.7.15]