Sunday, August 30, 2015

Video Of The Day #64: Princess Century

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.

Something about the video for Princess Century's "Sunscream" reminds me of the opening credits for a trashy 80s Euro drama series. Perhaps a detective series. And I like it. The somewhat blurred, sun-drenched images are the perfect foil to a song that blithely and unapologetically slinks along in a synthy, serpentine path just this side of seedy.  






[posted 8.30.15]

The Week In Shows: 8/31-9/6

The last Sunday evening in August 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!

The days are getting shorter, and while most folks out there are probably bummed out about it I'm getting excited for fall. It's a little bit of a slow week, seeing as it's the week before a holiday weekend, but yours truly will actually be out on the town this week, so look for me at the starred show down below. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

TUESDAY, 9/1/15

-Arum Rae w/ Steve West + Mechanical River (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 9/2/15

-Rom + Night Streets + Kickstand Band + Mittenfields (Black Cat)*
-Tamaryn + Gambles (DC9)

FRIDAY, 9/4/15

-19th Street Band (Free at The Hamilton)
-Beauty Pill + Paperhaus + Redline Graffiti (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 9/5/15

-The Dough Rollers + Sleepwalkers + New Boss (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 9/6/15

-Teen Mom + Ghostt Bllonde + No Honeymoon (Velvet Lounge)
-Modest Mouse + Hop Along (Echo Stage - SOLD OUT)



[posted 8.30.15]

Singles Club: Level & Tyson

Sunday evening calls for a double dip of goodness, I do believe. I'm delighted to offer you lovelies not one but too mighty fine songs from Norway's Level & Tyson that I think you might just enjoy quite a bit.

Somewhat akin to the way Yuck successfully rode a wave of 90s revivalism, Level & Tyson has their obvious American indie influences. But they inject no shortage of their own eccentric, undeniable energy into both "No Fun My Head" and "Tied Up," and I think you'll find both succulently scuzzed up songs worthy of much repeated listening.   





[posted 8.30.15]

On The Road Again: Beach House

If you've not yet had the pleasure of seeing Beach House live yet, friends, this might just be your lucky year. The Baltimore-based duo is prepping to tour newest long player Depression Cherry, and will more than likely sprinkle in favorite upon favorite from their prior records while regaling your ears with new levels of gorgeous. 

It's time to cozy up to their slinky, glacial wonderfulness up close and in person, and I guarantee you you'll love every minute. There's no DC date, so pardon me while I get my pout on.  


BEACH HOUSE TOUR DATES

Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman Auditorium **
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18 - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

** w/ Jessica Pratt
# w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more




[posted 8.30.15]

[photo via Beach House Facebook]

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Good Cover Version: Speedy Ortiz Does The Cardigans

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.

This cover actually makes a heck of a lot of sense if you stop and think about it. Grunge revivalists Speedy Ortiz share a dark undercurrent with those deceptively poppy Swedes The Cardigans. The Speedy cover of "Hanging Around" gets good and grimy before really getting down and dirty, a denouement that is both expected and incredibly satisfying.  




[posted 8.29.15]

The Untitled Interview #213: Starring Sean Zearfoss (Small Reactions)

Atlanta has many charms, chief among these charms is a lively music scene (well, it's certainly not the local baseball team!). 

Small Reactions is a name y'all need to keep a beady eye on out of the ATL scene. The four gentlemen of Small Reactions churn out a delightful delirium of hazy grit and poppy fuzz, a charming noise to be sure. Keeper of the beat Sean Zearfoss has kindly answered some queries, which you can read below. Check out how The Kinks, Lynyrd Skynyrd (be still my heart), and Black Sabbath have influenced one quarter of Small Reactions, and make sure you nab their record Similar Phantoms via Bandcamp

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
Sean Zearfoss: Pretty well! We just played a show on Monday and are now taking a break from shows for a while to start working on our second record. I'm battling a pretty serious head cold and ear infection, so I couldn't hear that show, but it felt pretty good!

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
SZ: "Do You Remember Walter?" by The Kinks.

FL: Playing music is:
SZ: Completely necessary.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
SZ: Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
SZ: Stones, for sure.

FL: What’s your first music memory?
SZ: My mom playing standards like "Moon River," "Unchained Melody," and "Alley Cat" on our upright piano.

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

1. Deerhunter - Microcastle

2. Crystal Stilts - In Love with Oblivion

3. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground and Nico

4. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain

5. Wire - Chairs Missing

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
SZ: Mr. Holland's Opus.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
SZ: It depends on who drank the other half...

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
SZ: That Paul McCartney must have written "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime" in 10 minutes because it somehow manages to be both the worst and best Christmas song of all time.

FL: Little-known Small Reactions fact?
SZ: We started our band in an effort to sound as much like Phish as possible. It didn't work out and now we just sound like the complete opposite. No joke.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
SZ: A tie between Criminal Records and Wax N' Facts, both here in Atlanta.

FL: What was your first show?
SZ: A New Year's Eve show at a place called The Warehouse in Kennesaw, GA. The first show I went to was Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top in 1997. Both were a long, long time ago...

FL: Your boots were made for:
SZ: Walking with a purpose.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
SZ: Shaken, it uses fewer resources.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
SZ: The longest flight I've been on was to the U.K. to play a few shows!

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
SZ: Terribly unhappy.

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

FL: Best song ever written?
SZ: "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney.





[posted 8.29.15]

Video of The Day #63: Salad Boys

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.

There's something delightfully obtuse about the clip for "Dream Date," from New Zealanders Salad Boys. In it, boy and his microphone frolic around the NZ countryside, while the jangly machinations of the song steamroll along gleefully. It's a rather dreamy little song, I think you'll agree. 

The Boys are hitting the road in the US this fall, and alas, will not be coming to the DC metro. I still love them, though, despite this oversight. 






[posted 8.29.15]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Video of The Day #62: Ha The Unclear

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 do like a clever fellow, and the gents of Ha The Unclear come across as quite clever indeed in the new clip for "Growing Mould." A little geeky and more than a little tongue in cheek, these New Zealand lads are quite difficult to resist. The song and video kismet is completely perfect, the two belong together almost as much as peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Who among us can resist on point harmonies and some introspective self-deprecation (sung with the absolute darlingest of Kiwi accents)? Not I, friends. Not I. 





[posted 8.23.15]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crossing The Pond: Aaron Wright

It's getting late on a Sunday night, I'm feeling a bit blue, and I'm feeling compelled to share a lovely, rather blue folk gem from Scottish songsmith Aaron Wright.

"Proper Chronic Lonely" is truly troubadour material, dire straits hard times mixed with the ache of lost love in a brutally honest, beautifully gritty song. Oh, and there's legendary Scots musicians all over the place (Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub, for starters). With friends like that, and with a voice like that, Wright feels destined for something special.

And for those of you who enjoyed watching Eastenders, you really ought to recognize the other star of the video below. 





[posted 8.23.15]

The Week In Shows: 8/24-8/30

A Sunday evening that has arrived much too soon 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 the last full week of August. When I was younger, I really resented this time of year, but now I think it's great. For the same reason: kiddos are going back to school. Remember, stay in school kids! 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.

TUESDAY, 8/25/15

-Dead Heavens + Highway Cross (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 8/26/15

-Gregg Allman (Birchmere)
-Fake Palms + The Milestones + Camps (DC9)

THURSDAY, 8/27/15

-King Raam + Smoke Season (Black Cat)
-Shark Week + Flowers of Evil + The Black Sparks + Gnarwhal + Great Deceivers (Sealab)
-The Delta Saints + Tomato Dodgers (DC9)

FRIDAY, 8/28/15

-Screaming Females + Vacation + Give (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Incredible Change + Stronger Sex + Motion Lines (Tropicalia)
-Lighting Fires + Clones of Clones (IOTA)

SATURDAY, 8/29/15

-Shilpa Ray + Linear Downfall + Janel Leppin (Paper Haus)




[posted 8.23.15]

Monday, August 17, 2015

Remix Fix: We Are Temporary Does Ruane Maurice

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

There's something about We Are Temporary's remix of Ruane Maurice's "Peaked" that I just can't stop listening to. Ruane Maurice's vocals totally make me think of the Faithless period I went through years ago, but the We Are Temporary treatment takes Ruane Maurice somewhere less grounded and into more rarified, ethereal air. It's a perfect end-of-summer song, kissed by the hint of a chill and smoldering more than a little. Listen and enjoy, y'all. 




[posted 8.16.15]

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Week In Shows: 8/17-8/23

A beautiful, sunny 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!

I don't know about y'all, but I think Europe has the right idea. Compare their vacation time with ours, and you'll get seriously depressed. But here's a list of some good shows happening in town this week, and that should lift some spirits. 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, 8/17/15

-Shark Week (The Pinch)

TUESDAY, 8/18/15

-Mobius Strip + Booby Trap + Psychic Subcreatures (Black Cat)
-Deer Run Drifters (Hill Country Live)

WEDNESDAY, 8/19/15

-Willie Nelson & Family (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Gravity Lens (DC9)
-Literature + Expert Alterations + The Rememberables (Black Cat) (Extra Recommended!)

THURSDAY, 8/20/15

-The Beach Boys (Ram's Head Center Stage)
-The Coward's Choir + Coconut Milk + Super City (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 8/21/15

-Empresarios + Black Masala (The Hamilton)

SATURDAY, 8/22/15

-J. Flax & The Heart Attacks + Party Dark + Alfajor + Psychic Subcreatures (La Casa)
-Babe City Records Anniversary starring Young Rapids + The Sea Life + Max Levine Ensemble + Den-Mate + The El-Mansouris (9:30 Club)
-Dead 27s (Hill Country Live)

SUNDAY, 8/23/15

-The Beach Boys (Wolf Trap)



[posted 8.16.15]

Video of The Day #61: Crocodiles

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 you've been around here a time or two, you know how hard I crush on Crocodiles. Newest lp BOYS is all sorts of amazing, and the clip for "Foolin' Around" perfectly captures the seedy sexy of the record. The gents find themselves given life in cartoon form (like Peanuts gone to the dark side) performing to a motley crew of cartooned hipsters and miscreants. It's wacky, and it's thoroughly enjoyable.

As an added bonus, check out one of my favorite Crocodiles ditties for your listening pleasure. 








[posted 8.16.15]

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Singles Club: Ember Isles

It's Sunday night, and to me that's a mighty fine time to be listening to this enchanting little ditty from Brooklyn trio Ember Isles

"Love Song (Love Me)" is a tender tugger of heart strings, a wide-eyed, longing plea for lasting love sung in impossibly lovely, honeyed harmonies with spare strumming subtly offering guidance. It's a gorgeous lullaby for the lovelorn, and offers a strong introduction to these ladies. 




[posted 8.9.15]

Video of The Day #60: The Psychedelic Furs

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.

In honor of their show tonight at The Fillmore Silver Spring, I present a video from the one and only Psychedelic Furs. A little bit noir, a little bit camp, and so very 80s, the clip for "The Ghost In You" is a great way to get your Furs fix. It's one of my favorite Psychedelic Furs songs, and the video totally takes me back. What can I say, I'm a sucker for black and white and a crooning Brit.  




[posted 8.9.15]

The Week in Shows: 8/10-8/16

A last gasp of 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!

Along we roll in August, hopefully without any dog days to worry about. I'll be super busy this week and not out and about, but there's plenty to tempt those of you who have the time to venture forth and get your gig on. 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, 8/10/15

-Beach Slang + Title Tracks (DC9)

TUESDAY, 8/11/15

-Seaknuckle + Rom + Soul Low + Breakup Season (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 8/12/15

-Mittenfields + Gender Studies + Social Station + Time Is Fire (Velvet Lounge) (Extra Recommended!)
-Bellows + Sitcom + Bless (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 8/13/15

-Good Old War + Pete Hill + Elliot Root (The Hamilton)
-Brick & Mortar + Calm The Waters (DC9)

FRIDAY, 8/14/15

-Zac Brown Band + The Avett Brothers (Nationals Park)
-Tribe Society + Spirit Animal (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Fellowcraft + Freeform Radio + Fortuna (IOTA)

SATURDAY, 8/15/15

-Sumac + Black Clouds + Sweet Cobra (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound + Shark Week (Black Cat)

SUNDAY, 8/16/15

-Two Inch Astronaut + Fond Hand + Doubting Thomas Cruise Control + Steamy Wolves (The Dougout)
-Ne-Hi + Stereoriots + Alex Tebeleff (DC9)



[posted 8.9.15]

Friday, August 7, 2015

On The Road Again: Screaming Females

It's hard to believe but Screaming Females has already put out six records full of their raucous, rambunctious noise. To celebrate latest release Rose Mountain the band is currently taking their rock and roll antics on the road, and will be hitting this neck of the woods at the end of the month. 

While I've not yet had the pleasure of seeing them live, I've heard nothing but good reports. So make sure you get out there and take in some of the loud shenanigans.


SCREAMING FEMALES TOUR DATES

8/7: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
8/8: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club*
8/9: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey*
8/11: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
8/13: Honolulu, HI @ The Manifest
8/14: Honolulu, HI @ Downbeat Lounge
8/16: Santa Ana, CA @ Berserktown*
8/17: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar*
8/18: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
8/19: El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
8/21: Austin, TX @ Red 7*
8/22: Dallas, TX @ The Foundry*
8/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs*
8/24: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia*
8/25: Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox*
8/26: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
8/27: Durham, NC @ Pinhook*
8/28: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel*
8/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*

* = w/ Vacation




[posted 8.7.15]

[photo by Sean O'Kane]

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Untitled Interview #212: Starring Adrian Olsen (Avers)

My love of Richmond's music scene hasn't ever been on the hush. But the talent down in RVA is undeniable, and gives me plenty to swoon over. 

Very much in the swoon-worthy category is that supergroup Avers, a collaborative effort between some ridiculously talented people that resulted in one of my favorite records of all of last year. If you haven't yet dug in to the Avers brand of enveloping, multi-faceted, all-consuming psych rock, please do so at your earliest convenience. And while you do, check out what Avers-ite Adrian Olsen had to say about all things Avers.  



Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?

Adrian Olsen: Good. Slightly car sick in the van, wishing I was on a beach.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?

AO: "New York State of Mind" - Nas.

FL: Playing music is:

AO: Fun.

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

AO: Tom Petty Damn the Torpedoes.

FL: Beatles or Stones?

AO: Stones.

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

AO: In no order-
Sky Blue Sky
White Album
Sticky Fingers
Kid A
On the beach

FL: Favorite music-related movie?

AO: Stop Making Sense.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?

AO: Half-empty.

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

AO: Twain.

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

AO: Coffee.

FL: Little-known Avers fact?

AO: Charlie (Glenn) is actually over 18.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:

AO: Amoeba.

FL: Your boots were made for:

AO: People with a size 12 foot.

FL: Shaken or stirred?

AO: Shaken.

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

AO: Johnny Brendas in Philly

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

AO: Don't break 2 laws at the same time.

FL: What is it that makes Richmond such a great spot for music?

AO: It's a cheap(ish) city that is centrally located with a growing arts community. Also it's a river city. That seems important for some reason.

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

AO: Doing my day job of engineering/producing records.

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

AO: The Kinks.

FL: Best song ever written?

AO: "Louie Louie."





[posted 8.6.15]

Video of The Day #59: Pulp

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.

When it comes to songs and videos that perfectly encapsulate the "Britpop" era of the mid-to-late 1990s, it doesn't get much more spot on than Pulp's absolute classic "Common People." The video is cheeky, as it would have to be, and features a ghostly pale Jarvis Cocker doing some saucy gyrations and proving with that croon of his why he'll always be one of the sexiest frontman types in all of musicdom. 




[posted 8.6.15]

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Week In Shows: 8/3-8/9

An early 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!

It's been hot out there, and it's gonna keep being hot out there. PSA for the day: hydrate! Somehow August is upon us, but that's pretty ok with me. The good shows are still rolling through town, and if I wasn't so busy with work I'd be going to many of them. But you should go so I can gig vicariously. 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, 8/3/15

-Cayucas + Hibou (Rock & Roll Hotel)

TUESDAY, 8/4/15

-Flesh World + Young Trynas + Gauche (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 8/5/15

-Girlpool + Frankie Cosmos + Airhead (Comet Ping Pong - SOLD OUT)
-Graham Nash (Birchmere)
-Glass Animals + Gabriel Garzon-Montano (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Lucky So & Sos + Gramps the Vamp + Jogo Project (Velvet Lounge)
-Deer Run Drifters (Gypsy Sally's)
-Loudon Wainwright III (Ram's Head Annapolis)

THURSDAY, 8/6/15

-Ezra Furman + J Hernandez (DC9)
-Koshari + Insect Factory (Black Cat)
-Loudon Wainwright III (The Hamilton)
-The Delta Spirit and Friends (6th & I)
-Sara Curtin + The North Country + Stranger In The Alps (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Girlpool + Frankie Cosmos (Comet Ping Pong - SOLD OUT)

FRIDAY, 8/7/15

-The Thurston Moore Band + Chain & The Gang + While (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 8/8/15

-Matthew E. White + Sleepwalkers (DC9)
-Desaparecidos + The So So Glos + The Banddroidz (9:30 Club)
-The Beanstalk Library + Quiet Hollers + Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray (IOTA)

SUNDAY, 8/9/15

-The Psychedelic Furs + The Church (The Fillmore Silver Spring - win tix here) (Extra Recommended!)



[posted 8.2.15]

On The Road Again: Sturgill Simpson

One of my favorite records from last year was Sturgill Simpson's divine for days Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Now, Simpson, the man with the golden voice, has just announced a rather extensive tour that sees him jetting all over the US of A (not to mention the UK and Scandinavia). As they are probably all will, shows are already selling out. I'm devastated I won't be in town when Sturgill and his band roll through DC, but if you're lucky enough to be in the path of this Living The Dream tour, don't you dare miss it. Dates below.   

STURGILL SIMPSON TOUR DATES

August 14—Gothenburg, Sweden—Way Out West
August 15—Oslo, Norway—The Oya Festival
August 18—Edinburgh, U.K.—Liquid Rooms
August 19—Leeds, U.K.—Brudenell Social Club
August 20—London, U.K.—Islington Assembly Hall
August 22—Wales, U.K.—Green Man
August 24—Groningen, Netherlands—Noorderzon Festival
August 25—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso Grote Zaal
August 27—Tonder, Denmark—Tonder Festival
August 29—Helsinki, Finland—Helsinki Festival
September 6—Moorhead, MN—Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre†
September 7—St. Paul, MN—Minnesota State Fair – Grandstand†
September 12—Maryville, TN—The Shed (SOLD OUT)
September 13—Asheville, NC—Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
September 15—Norfolk, VA—The NorVa
September 16—Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater (SOLD OUT)
September 18—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts
September 19—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
September 20—Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom
September 23—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT)
September 24—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
September 25—Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
September 26—Boston, MA—Boston Calling Festival
October 2-4—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 9-11—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 15—Tuscaloosa, AL—Tuscaloosa Amphitheater‡
October 23—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle (SOLD OUT)
October 24—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle (ON-SALE JULY 31)
October 30—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
November 1—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
November 5—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 6—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre (ON-SALE JULY 31)
November 7—Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex
November 10—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory Concert House
November 12—Vancouver, BC—Vogue Theatre
November 13—Seattle, WA—Showbox SoDo
November 14—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
November 15—Eugene, OR—McDonald Theatre
November 18—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
November 20—Los Angeles, CA—The Theater at Ace Hotel
November 21—Los Angeles, CA—The Theater at Ace Hotel (ON-SALE JULY 31)
November 22—San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park

†appearing with Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson
‡appearing with Jason Isbell








[posted 8.2.15]

Video of The Day #58: Secret Club

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 do like an entertaining concept, and Secret Club's video for "I Do What I Want" is pretty amusing. While their gritty muscle guitars churn away, we're treated to a tale of two parties. It's straight-laced soiree versus a raucous fiesta, and while both parties are doing what they want, I'm sure we all know which party we'd rather be attending. 







[posted 8.2.15]

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #11: Small Reactions

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

What is "nerve pop," exactly? Well, in short it's what Small Reactions does pretty well. The Atlanta outfit's export is a nervy, jangling noise, well-shaped and full-bodied and as uplifting as it is grounded in real everyday messes. Y'all might just want to keep an eye on these gents. I sure will.    




[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #10: Seratones

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Steamrolling out of Shreveport comes Seratones, a rollicking, choogling, whiplash-inducing little band. They proclaim themselves to be "experts in the art of rocking your socks off," and I'm certainly not going to argue. The sultry, torch-singer-gone-off-the-rails lady vocals add no small measure of sass to the wonderfully strange brew this band puts together. 




[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #9: Eleven Year Old

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Oh, the sweet, sweet jittery, wiry fuzz of Birmingham's Eleven Year Old. The kind of ever-so-slightly nostalgic fuzz that gets the toes a-tappin' and the kids out on the dance floor. As they themselves say, "sneaky but well mannered." These three foxy gents have all the ingredients to get yours truly pretty darn excited, and one listen ought to have you ready to do a little shimmy shake yourself. Don't mind me, y'all, I'll just be over here crushing.    




[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #8: Raindeer

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

Baltimore never ceases to amaze me with the amount of talent that resides within the city limits. Take Raindeer, for example. The band concocts a breathy, soft sound with clear 50s-60s pop influences that's shot through with a delightful, fuzzy clamor that's a little off the straight and narrow (and is all the better for it). Very much worth spending some time with. 




[posted 8.1.15]

Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #7: Coupler

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

The "deliberate ambient" music of Coupler is an interesting thing to behold. A recently expanded solo project of Lambchop's Ryan Norris, the noises made by Coupler incorporate tension and release through the outfit's cacophony of droning dirges and other engaging electronic elements.  







[posted 8.1.15]


Sounds of Secret Stages 2015 #6: Swampbird

One of these years, by heaven, I'll make it down to Birmingham for Secret Stages. Sadly, it won't be this year, so once again I'll be missing out on the great lineup the festival folks have put together for the fifth iteration of this special event. Nevertheless, your lady friend has done some scoping out of the lineup, and of course I have some recommendations. If you're doing Secret Stages, check these folks out. If you're not, check 'em out anyway!

The sound of Swampbird is the sound of midnight summer wanderlust, of driving down dark roads on sultry moonlit nights in a small town in the middle of anywhere. These Little Rock gents keep it swampy and keep it earnest, and I do so like it. 




[posted 8.1.15]