Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Week in Shows: 6/22-6/28

A muggy, Sunday afternoon post-tornado warnings 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!

Another Monday is soon to be upon us, and while that's a bummer for some, it means that another week of shows is here to enjoy as well. Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week, a show that should be the subject of your undivided attention. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 6/22/15

-Porcelain Raft + Cat Martino (DC9)

TUESDAY, 6/23/15

-Total Babes + Mouser (Black Cat)
-Taj Mahal (The Hamilton)

WEDNESDAY, 6/24/15

-The Max Levine Ensemble + Rvivr + Shellshag (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 6/25/15

-No Joy + Creepoid + Wildhoney (DC9)
-Blonde Redhead + Talk in Tongues (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 6/26/15

-Jodeci (Fillmore)

SATURDAY, 6/27/15

-Mission of Burma + History Repeated (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Sondre Lerche (U Street Music Hall)
-Bob Schneider (Hill Country Live)
-Mark Sultan BBQ + The Ar-Kaics + Jacques Le Coque (Comet Ping Pong)
-Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists + Heathers + Gingerlys + Furnsss (Babe City)

SUNDAY, 6/28/15

-Flesh Panthers + Brook Pridemore + Foster Carrots (The Dougout)
-Torres + The Sea Life (DC9)
-Ben Lee (The Hamilton)


[posted 6.21.15]

Singles Club: Sextile

From the perpetual summer of Los Angeles comes the gorgeous gloom and decadent doom of Sextile

Born of the pent-up passions of frustration and vexation, the synthy shimmer of "I Can't Take It" casts quite a dark, slinky shadow. This is a song that beats with a palpitating heart, careening through danceable industrial morasses in a very, very enjoyable and rather addictive way. Be sure to grab this gem while it's up for free download via Soundcloud. 
   





[posted 6.21.15]

Video of the Day #53: Oscar

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.

Going from an old favorite to a new one, this clip from Oscar for "Daffodil Days" just might bring a tear to your eye (especially if you're as easily moved as yours truly). Beautifully shot, this clip is actually a perfect accompaniment to the bittersweet beauty of this modern pop song. Oscar's first EP Beautiful Words will be out on Wichita this coming week, so be sure you snap that up as soon as.  







[posted 6.21.15]

Monday, June 15, 2015

Video of the Day #52: The Verve

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 my birthday, and I'll talk about The Verve if I want to. Not that I ever need an excuse. I've been listening to older Verve records a whole lot lately, including the unbelievably gorgeous full length A Storm in Heaven. It's one of my all-time favorite records, so if you haven't checked it out, do so. "Slide Away," the transcendent song that it is, featured a 90s gem of a video. In it, the band is saturated in color and cavorts in desert landscapes and a middle-of-nowhere dive bar. Richard Ashcroft looks capable of genius and madness in equal measure, and guitar wizard Nick McCabe looks positively angelic. It's glorious, and it makes me happy, and hopefully it'll do the same for you. 





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Otherwise Engaged: Neko Case

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.

Perennial girl crush Neko Case is in town this evening, for a sold out show at the Lincoln Theatre that will undoubtedly be amazing. In case you've never seen this lovely lady do her thing live, you might want to be trawling Craigslist for a ticket. Case's songwriting alone is worth whatever price tickets are going for, and then there's her voice. 





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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Video of The Day #51: Dustin Lovelis

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.

Here's a little trippy dippy action to start off your Sunday, friends. Long Beach dude Dustin Lovelis (formerly of The Fling) goes all pretty psych in this clip for "Coming Back From a Cloud," a song that sounds as wonderfully spaced out as you might think. A perfect slice of 60s/80s fusion, beach-kissed Southern California psych that sounds just delicious, and the video might do your head in too (albeit in a totally different way).  






[posted 6.14.15]

The Week In Shows: 6/15-6/21

A muggy, kinda icky Sunday morning 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!

So the big thing this week is that it's your favorite Fuzzy lady's birthday on the 15th! Yay! Another year older, and maybe even a little wiser. It's always good to get to celebrate another year, I do believe. Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week, a show that should be the subject of your undivided attention. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 6/15/15

-Mittenfields + Rom (Galaxy Hut)
-Josh Rouse + Walter Martin (9:30 Club)
-Neko Case (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Dave Monks + Fort Lean (Black Cat)
-Mother Mother + Color Palette (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Iceage + Low Life (DC9)

TUESDAY, 6/16/15

-The Helio Sequence + Lost Lander (Black Cat)
-Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Echo Stage)
-Best Coast + Bully (9:30 Club)

WEDNESDAY, 6/17/15

-Morrissey (Echo Stage)
-Pattern Is Movement + Stronger Sex (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 6/18/15

-Viet Cong + Girl Band (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Miracles of Modern Science + Honest Haloway + Incredible Change (Comet Ping Pong)
-Superheaven + Diamond Youth + Rozwell Kid + Birthright (DC9)

FRIDAY, 6/19/15

-The Griswolds + Urban Cone (U Street Music Hall)

SATURDAY, 6/20/15

-The War on Drugs + The Everymen (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT) (Extra Recommended!)

SUNDAY, 6/21/15

-King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (U Street Music Hall)
-The War on Drugs (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Crossing The Pond: Canyons

Sometimes it takes a while for a band to hit their stride, but Newcastle's Canyons appears to have gotten quite lucky. 

Just over a year old, the four-piece makes a fine little noise indeed, blending sweetly twee pop with a harder, gritty edge that perfectly plays off the band's impeccable boy-girl vocals. It's a decidedly winning combination. Not bad indeed for a year in. Here's hoping they stick around for a while to come.  




[posted 6.13.15]

Crossing the Pond: The Catenary Wires

I love a good reinvention every now and then, and The Catenary Wires scratches that particular itch quite nicely. After all, Amelia and Rob have been involved in quite a few noteworthy projects over the years, from Talulah Gosh to The Tender Trap and then some.  

The Catenary Wires, as they themselves say, is "minimalist, melancholy, and a little woozy." Or, as I like to think of it, lovelorn, stripped-down, and so very pretty. Either way, I think you might just enjoy it. 





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Singles Club: A Deer A Horse

There's something just a touch theatrical about the music made by Brooklyn lady duo A Deer A Horse.

New single "Gunpoint" inhabits a gray, shadowy netherworld where smoky vocals and stop-start, grimy instrumentation coil serpentine around you. It's an intriguing, rather beguiling sound, full of youthful promise that somehow feels rather self-assured and wise beyond its years.    




[posted 6.13.15]

Video of the Day #50: Ezra Furman

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 a fan of sidewalk strut videos since Richard Ashcroft stalked streets in that classic Verve video for "Bittersweet Symphony." Ezra Furman definitely isn't following in the sulky, snarling steps of Ashcroft, however, in the bright, fidgety clip for "Restless Year." Instead, the video moves quickly, definitely qualifying as restless. Cameos by a scyth-weilding Death are somehow charming in the grand scheme of things. The song itself is darned hard to resist, a little twitchy and catchy all at once. Both song and video are well worth your time.

Furman releases his debut for Bella Union in July, and a tour is happening soon. Be at the ready, friends. 






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Crossing The Pond: Seabirds

If there's one thing I can't get enough of, it's slightly twee, breathy and breathlessly delightful indie pop with just a touch of melancholy (see: Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Teenage Fanclub on occasion, and so on and so forth). 

Making rumblings in this particular avenue is Nottingham's Seabirds, an outfit that fuses fuss-free, lovely harmonies with pop undertones and a fine mix of wistful whimsy and carefree abandon with just a little grit. Bonus points given for name checking everyone's least favorite font, Comic Sans. Well played. A long player is in the works, and I can't wait to give it a listen. 





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Friday, June 12, 2015

Newsflash!: Royal Blood on Howard Stern's Howard 101 Tonight!

Feisty, sassy Brit rock duo Royal Blood recorded an interview and wee musical performance for the one and only Howard Stern's Howard 101 Sirius channel. This little program airs tonight at 11 pm (Eastern time, please adjust according to your time zone). The Royal Blood guys are currently at Bonnaroo and are soon back across the pond, so make sure you check them out tonight. 





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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Video of The Day #49: DRINKS

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.

What happens when you mix an earthy, eccentrically ethereal Welsh voice with waves of quirky, psych-folk noises? The answer, friends, is DRINKS. The "solo" project of Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (White Fence/Darker My Love), DRINKS is wonderful. The delightfully eccentric "Hermits on Holiday" has an accompanying video full of wavering, blurred scenes of Cate and Tim traversing San Francisco as the loveliness of Le Bon's voice shines amidst Presley's pepperings of bouncy, folksy psych. The pair is releasing their full-length in August, and I can't wait. 






[posted 6.6.15]

The Week In Shows: 6/8-6/14

A lovely, unseasonably cool Saturday morning 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!

Supposedly typical DC summer weather is coming, and I'm a little bummed about it. But I'm not bummed to see more good shows coming to town. Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. But this week I've got a couple of those. Go to both. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 6/8/15

-Show Pong + Caustic Casanova (Galaxy Hut)
-White Lung + Obliterations + Big Mouth (DC9)
-Nothing + Merchandise + Cloakroom (Rock & Roll Hotel)

TUESDAY, 6/9/15

-Paul Weller (9:30 Club)
-Mono + Holly Hunt (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Wildhoney + The Spook School + Mercury Girls + Expert Alterations (Comet Ping Pong)
-Ed Schrader's Music Beat (Black Cat)
-Somebody's Darling (Hill Country Live)

WEDNESDAY, 6/10/15

-Royal Blood + Mini Mansions (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

THURSDAY, 6/11/15

-Belle & Sebastian + Alvvays (Echo Stage) (Extra Recommended!)
-Ki:Theory + Drop Electric (DC9)

FRIDAY, 6/12/15

-Who's Bad (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 6/13/15

-Lower Dens + Teen (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Active Child + Low Roar (AMP)
-Courtney Barnett + Chastity Belt + Darren Hanlon (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Les Rhinoceros + Jamaican Queens + Black Lung + Polyon (Paper Haus)

SUNDAY, 6/14/15

-Courtney Barnett + Chastity Belt + Darren Hanlon (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)


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Friday, June 5, 2015

Video of the Day #48: Sauna Youth

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 decided it's impossible not to get a kick out of Sauna Youth's clip for "Transmitters." Filmed amongst the ruins of the legendary Crystal Palace, the video shows the London (via Brighton) foursome disappearing and popping up all over the place, essentially running amok on a sunny afternoon if you like. The constant barrage of images fits with the bouncy, pogo jangle of the song. Both the video and the song are excellent, if I do say so myself. 






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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Singles Club: Nervosas

There I was, just minding my own business, reading some email, when Nervosas came along and punched me in the face (you know what I mean).

"Night Room," from their self-titled Dirtnap release, is just under three minutes of tightly-wound, frantic, brooding tempestuousness. This is a song that pulverizes so tenderly. It's the kind of song that makes you press your headphones close in order to try to get the song as close to your insides as possible (that's what it does to me, anyway).  




[posted 6.4.15]

Crossing The Pond: Trembling Bells

It's well-known I'm a sucker for Scotland, but if you add psych to the equation, I'm pretty much going to instantly fall in love. 

It literally just happened with Glasgow psych outfit Trembling Bells. Together since 2008 and already on their fifth record (The Sovereign Self), the five-piece shows early signs of making quite an impression. With gorgeous, spookily swirling vocals, and instrumentation that calls to mind Black Mountain among others, "Killing Time in London Fields" is nothing short of resplendent. At times this storm of psych folk/prog touches otherworldliness, and is a perfect listen for my fellow psych lovers. Keep your eyes on them, I know I certainly will.  




[posted 6.4.15]

The Untitled Interview #210: Starring James Barreto (Ancient River)

I've been a fan of Ancient River for a little while now, and can solidly testify that these two dudes make some of the finest, loudest, full throttle psych rock that you're likely to find.

The duo is currently touring up a storm to support latest long player Keeper of The Dawn, another excellent collection of their expansive, time warp noise. Their shape-shifting sound has undergone more manipulations, with this record feeling even more in the ether than I think I've ever heard them. 


Hopefully you DC folks caught the show last night, and Richmond, you can check the pair out this very evening. Don't miss it. Theirs is a live show you do not want to miss. James (otherwise known as J.) Barreto (guitar/vocals) so very kindly took some time to answer the following questions. Read on to see what Spiritualized,  Mercury Rev, and Neil Young have to do with it. 


Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?

James Barreto: I'm great, just on the road right now for our new album Keeper of the Dawn.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?

JB: Heard "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis at a truck stop.

FL: Playing music is:

JB: A chance to escape to another world.

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

JB: Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.

FL: Beatles or Stones?

JB: Ha! The Beach Boys.

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

JB: 5) Obscured by Clouds 4) Meddle 3) Wish You Were Here 2) Dark Side of The Moon 1) Piper at The Gates of Dawn

FL: Favorite music-related movie?

JB: Live at Pompeii.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?

JB: Hall-full.

FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?

JB: Peers? I don't consider us to be a part of any class or scene... but we are big fans of Dead Meadow and Flavor Crystals.

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

JB: My wife and my family.

FL: Little-known Ancient River fact?

JB: The band name comes from the Neil Young song "Thrasher."

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:

JB: Hear again records in Gainesville, Florida.

FL: Your boots were made for:

JB: Stomping on effect pedals.

FL: Shaken or stirred?

JB: Shaken.

FL: Favorite venue (either to play or to visit)?

JB: Well it was the Bottletree in Birmingham, Alabama. Amazing venue and sound. They recently closed, so we need to find a new one.

FL: Best piece of advice you've ever been given?

JB: Use your mind, your body will only perform well for so long.

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?

JB: A track and field coach or a psychologist.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?

JB: Mercury Rev.

FL: Best song ever written?

JB: The Delfonics "La La La Means I love You."







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Singles Club: Heathers

Heathers the movie is one of my favorite movies. Almost an anti-Hughes kind of movie, this gleefully black comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater lampoons high school and is a must-see for anyone. Why am I bringing up Heathers, you might wonder? Well friends, it's the name of our next Singles Club band. 

This LA trio shows off their delightfully fuzzed power pop intentions with "Tanker," a song about obsession, what else. Big chords and slightly throaty vocals give the song plenty of character, and the subject matter adds just the right amount of darkness. Well played, Heathers. 

The three Heathers are gearing up for a road trip pretty soon, so check their schedule to see if they're coming to your burg. 








[posted 6.4.15]

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Video Of The Day #47: Eternal Summers

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 always gives me great pleasure to see a Virginia band doing well, and Eternal Summers (hailing from those talent-making mountains of Roanoke) is indeed doing well. Somehow they're on album number 4, and the title track for said record, "Gold and Stone," happens to have a pretty great little video. I can't help but think of "Silver," from their first record, and how, while they've definitely matured, there's still the same Eternal Summers vibe that first hooked me years ago. 

Enjoy the understated black and white clip (with occasional cameos by bright colors) and enjoy the song, filled with Nicole Yun's airy, wood nymph vocals and the band's irresistible popness. 







[posted 6.3.15]

The Untitled Interview #209: Starring Stephane Senecal-Tremblay (Pet Sun)

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is a pretty big place. So it stands to reason that there's going to be some pretty good music coming out of that city. My new favorite Canadian stoner fuzz makers, Pet Sun, are one such example.

I quite like their penchant for swirling, heavy fuzzed-out noise with trace elements of pop hidden just under the surface. Or as they call it, "death garage." Whatever you feel like calling it, it's loud, it's got some psych undertones, and it's pretty dang fun. The four dudes are currently taking their show on the road, and will pull their wagon into DC on the 7th with a stop at the Electric Maid. To whet your appetite, read on to see what Stephane Senecal-Tremblay has to say about all things Pet Sun, The Darkness, and where he loves to plug in for a show.  

Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?
Stephane Senecal-Tremblay: We're great. Laying by a lake drinking coffee in the sun.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
SS-T: "Suicide" by Dust.

FL: Playing music is:
SS-T: Surprisingly erotic.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
SS-T: Cliche as fuck but probably Nevermind.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
SS-T: Stones but preferably Zeppelin.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
SS-T: Slaves and The Darkness are releasing new records today. Any greatest hits record like Queen or Marvin Gaye.

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
SS-T: Detroit Rock City for sure. Inside Ilwyn Davis or whatever was the worst movie we've ever seen. Horrible.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
SS-T: We are half-full kinda people.

FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
SS-T: Red Lines. "I like rough sex" is awesome.

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
SS-T: What time is it? Or I need water.

FL: Little-known Pet Sun fact?
SS-T: We like to spend time with our families.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
SS-T: Tidal. Our record is up there. Shout out to Jay Zed!

FL: Your boots were made for:
SS-T: Oxfords not brogues. We are honorary Kingsman. Great flick.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
SS-T: Both pls!

FL: Favorite venue (either to play or to visit)?
SS-T: We always have fun at Baltimore House in our hometown of Hamilton.

FL: Best piece of advice you've ever been given?
SS-T: Live slow. Die whenever #sloth.

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
SS-T: A Kingsman.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
SS-T: The Cranberries.

FL: Best song ever written?
SS-T: Sweeney Todd soundtrack.




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Monday, June 1, 2015

The Week In Shows: 6/1-6/7

A muggy, first day of June morning 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 already June, and I don't know how it happened. But! June is your blogstress's birthday month, so that's pretty rad. You've got exactly two weeks to do birthday shopping.  Here's some picks for the next few days. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. This week, however, I just couldn't decide. I have to say, this might just be the best week of shows thus far in 2015. So there's multiple extra super recommended shows. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 6/1/15

-The Tallest Man on Earth + Madisen Ward + Mama Bear (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Cemetery (Galaxy Hut)
-Other Lives + Riothouse Royale (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Red Paintings (Black Cat)
-Catfish & The Bottlemen (U Street Music Hall - SOLD OUT)
-Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (DC9)

TUESDAY, 6/2/15

-Dreamers + Gringo Star + Shantih Shantih (DC9) (Extra Recommended!)
-The Woggles + Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness + The Stents (Black Cat)
-Cold Beat + Olivia Neutron-John + Sneaks (Comet Ping Pong)

WEDNESDAY, 6/3/15

-Hutch & Kathy + Baby Bry Bry (solo) (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 6/4/15

-Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT) (Extra Recommended!)
-Bells & Hunters + Hank & Cupcakes + Uptown Boys Choir (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Decemberists + Father John Misty (Merriweather Post Pavilion)

FRIDAY, 6/5/15

-Refused + Puff Pieces + Creepoid (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Hot Chip + Sinkane (Echo Stage) (Extra Recommended!)
-The Rememberables + Teen Death + Dirt City + Collider (Black Cat)
-Calexico + Gaby Moreno (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 6/6/15

-Chris Hardwick (9:30 Club - both shows SOLD OUT)
-Tame Impala + Kuroma (Echo Stage) (Extra Recommended!)
-Dawes (Warner Theatre)
-Wire + Julian Lynch (Black Cat)
-Cruisr + Suburban Living (DC9)

SUNDAY, 6/7/15

-The Vaccines + Little May (9:30 Club)
-Eternal Summers + Greenland + Governess (Comet Ping Pong)
-Pet Sun (Electric Maid)
-Holdfast + Insubordination + The Scotch Bonnets + Thirteen Towers (Velvet Lounge)
-Algiers (Black Cat)



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