Monday, February 29, 2016

Crossing The Pond: Viola Beach

This next one's a bit of a tearjerker, friends, so please bear with me (and don't hate me for relaying sadness). I recently received an email that was totally horrifying to read, so tragic were the contents. Viola Beach, upstarts out of Warrington, had been in an accident while doing a show in Sweden. And all four band members, along with their tour manager, were killed. Heartbreaking, right? 

The band was so very young and full of promise, and were prepping to bring their good time vibes to SXSW and get the ball rolling on this side of the world. So if you're on social media and happen to see the #ViolaBeach4number1 hashtag floating around, it's because of the movement to get the boys a posthumous bump to the top of the charts. I encourage you to spend some time listening to the band's available music and sparing a thought for the lads.   




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #24: Honduras

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Sometimes you can just tell that a band is going to be pretty dang good live and in person. And I get that feeling about Brooklyn's Honduras. Righteous riffs and a scuzzed sense of throwback pride make this outfit high on my list of bands I'd want to see in Savannah.  




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #23: Mothers

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Holy hell, y'all. If you haven't yet heard of Mothers, I don't expect that to be the case for much longer. Started by Athens artiste Kristine Leschper, Mothers is now a band at full strength imparting some majorly impressive noise. Delightful sonic textures build and weave themselves through Leschper's haunting, passionate vocals, a result which will undoubtedly leave you wanting more.  







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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #22: OxenFree

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Mercy me, there's something so charming about Brooklyn's OxenFree. Whimsy, reminiscences, and the glee of  unabashed energy. That's what OxenFree is made of. 




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #21: Expert Alterations

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

I'm not sure why I'm only just learning of Expert Alterations, but I guess it's better late than never. Shame on y'all for not telling me about these dudes. This Baltimore trio hits a very sweet spot indeed, sounding more than a little like the lovable 80s bands out of the UK and New Zealand who indulged in some infectious jangly noise while at the same time sounding so very now. Don't count on this being the last time I gush about these gents. 




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #20: Ancient Warfare

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

There's something about Ancient Warfare. Something about the Lexington-based outfit feels familiar, comforting almost. And yet there's that unexpected quality, as though you never quite know where their songs are going to take you. What you can expect are some gorgeous, smoky vocals and an instantly appealing psych folk sound. Very nice indeed.  




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #19: Motel Radio

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

There's an ease to Motel Radio's sound. Maybe it's a Big Easy kind of ease. There's a little nostalgia that seeps in, too, the kind you might feel on a sweet Summer night driving around looking for good trouble. No doubt they put on quite a show in the flesh.  




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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Video of The Day #113: Parquet Courts

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 am totally loving everything about this here Parquet Courts video. Scenes of Berlin, a song that gives me Lee Hazlewood meets Elvis Costello vibes, and some serious infectiousness. It's worthy of tons and tons and tons of views. And then some.   




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #18: And The Kids

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

The more I hear from And The Kids the more I like. This all-girl trio from Northampton, MA, kicks out some scrappy, rather enchanting jams. Blending pop simplicity with some cerebral sounds and pretty vocals, these three lasses are poised to make some waves.








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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #17: Washer

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Fresh off releasing their debut record with Exploding in Sound, Brooklyn's Washer is joining the excellent crop of bands convening in Savannah in the very near future. The duo's noise is wonderfully lo-fi and sludgy, equally at home in a DIY house show or onstage at established venues. Highly recommended.
 





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The Week in Shows: 2/29-3/6

A beauteous Sunday afternoon 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 Leap Week! Happy almost birthday to you February 29th babies who get to celebrate your actual birthdays this year. There's a bunch of goodness going on during Leap Week, y'all, so be sure to get out and partake. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 2/29/16


-Radiation City + Deep Sea Diver (DC9)

-Union of The Sun & Moon + Don Zientara (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 3/1/16


-The Lone Bellow + Escondido (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)


WEDNESDAY, 3/2/16


-Wolfmother + Deap Vally (9:30 Club)

-Swmrs + The Frights (Black Cat)
-Tedo Stone + Motel Radio (DC9)

THURSDAY, 3/3/16


-We Were Pirates + Me & Karen + Color Palette (Black Cat)


FRIDAY, 3/4/16


-Loud Boyz + Lilac Daze + Collider + Curse Words + The Maul (Breakin Even Fest) (Songbyrd)

-Drive-By Truckers (9:30 Club)
-Turtle Recall (IOTA)
-Aztec Sun + Staycation + Shining Blade Theory (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 3/5/16


-Quilt + Weekender (DC9)

-Iron Chic + Timeshares + Slingshot Dakota + The Rememberables + American Television + Brick Top + Railsplitter + Oklahoma Car Crash (Breakin Even Fest) (Songbyrd)
-BRNDA + Two Inch Astronaut + Kal Marks + Nice Breze (Above The Bayou)*
-Prince Rama + Time is Fire + Sister Mid9ight (Comet Ping Pong)
-Drive-By Truckers (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 3/6/16


-Ra Ra Riot + Sun Club (9:30 Club)

-Laughing Man + Shilpa Ray + Shirt/Pants (Milhouse)


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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #16: COEDS

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Local Savannahites COEDS sure do hit the spot when it comes to feisty, girl group meets swamp pop meets just a lil bit of fuzz. Not to mention they've got a singer with a heck of a set of pipes. Catchy as all get out, that's for darned sure.   




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #15: Chief Scout

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

What began as the brainchild of Trey Rosenkampff has exploded into a four-piece known to the world as Chief Scout. Rosenkampff and company peddle a mighty fine, high octane rock and roll, punchy and potent. It's got some swagger to it, rest assured these fellas know they're doing it right. No doubt a band not to miss.  




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #14: New Madrid

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

From Athens to Savannah goes New Madrid, a four-headed monster that is sure to ensnare many unsuspecting ears with their potent swamp psych-coated noise concoctions. They can kick out some serious quietude, too, it's not all raucousness. I have no doubt they put on a heck of a show, y'all, so if you're heading to the Stopover don't miss these dudes.   





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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Video of The Day #112: 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.

As big a fan as I am of New Zealanders Ha The Unclear, I was delighted to learn of their latest clip for "Secret Lives of Furniture." Wonderfully irreverent, just as is the song it accompanies, this Simon Oliver-directed gem shows us life through the eyes of furniture, specifically an incredibly loyal (and probably a wee bit obsessive) coffee table. If you've ever wondered what your furniture gets up to while you're not looking, wonder no more. 





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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #13: Wildhoney

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Wildhoney was from UK shores, and not from Baltimore. After all, their washes of undulating fuzzgaze, dream pop verve, and heavenly vocals don't immediately call to mind our neighbors to the immediate North (though the same can actually be said for several of my current favorite bands). Bottom line is, geographical surprises aside, there's an instant appeal to this lot, and an infatuation that will more than likely grow with number of listens.    




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The Week in Shows: 2/22-2/28

A dreary Sunday afternoon 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!

February is ticking away, my friends. Are you getting ready for Spring? I know I sure am. And so too are the bands as they really start to get out there on the road for the start of festival season in the very near future. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 2/22/16

-Leon Russell + Jefferson Grizzard (Birchmere)

TUESDAY, 2/23/16

-Juan Wauters + Baby Bry Bry + Friends + Keeper (Comet Ping Pong)
-Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band + Elephant Revival (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 2/24/16

-The Big Pink + The Heirs (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band + Elephant Revival (9:30 Club)
-Electric Grandmother + Psychic Subcreatures + The Sniffs (Black Cat)

THURSDAY, 2/25/16

-Naughty by Nature (Howard Theatre)
-Color Palette + The Kickback + Technicians (DC9)
-Ty Segall & The Muggers + CFM + Axis: Sova (9:30 Club)
-Den-Mate + Sitcom + Witch Coast (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 2/26/16

-Pissed Jeans + Downtown Boys + Homosuperior (Black Cat)
-Potty Mouth + Stove + Bleary Eyed (DC9)
-The Mayors of Marble Falls + Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers + Braddock Station Garrison (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 2/27/16

-Emmy the Great + Moonlight Mask (DC9)
-Lvl Up + Bad Moves + Princess Reason (Comet Ping Pong)
-Delta Creeps + Higher Numbers + Rex + Distant Creatures (Tree House Lounge)

SUNDAY, 2/28/16

-Picnibus + Those Manic Seas + Flavor Waster (DC9)
-Gully Waters + Cruzie Beaux (Velvet Lounge)
-Great Good Fine Ok + Handsome Ghost (Rock & Roll Hotel)


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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #12: Breakers

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

From the garden of good and evil itself comes Breakers, purveyors of delightfully dark moodiness that is decidedly "not surf-rock." Their songs coil, like fruit-bearing serpents, part of an overall energy that is just the other side of very, very bad. Sure to garner a lot of praise while at their hometown fest.




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Video of The Day #111: GEMS

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.

And now for something completely different. I'm usually more into the video medium itself, but sometimes I can't help but be bitten by the studio session bug. So when former DC duo GEMS visited KEXP, I had to watch. This flawless pair really lays down the law with their ethereal synth pop, and doing two of my very favorite of their songs sealed the deal. A great watch.  






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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #11: Wild Powwers

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Sweet mercy, y'all. That's pretty much all I have to say right about now. But I'll try to do a little better. It's just that Wild Powwers has pretty much knocked me senseless. Powerful, Valkyrie vocals against an endless barrage of noise that caresses while it bruises, this Seattle outfit is laying their collective cards on the table. And my oh my what a winning hand it is. I do believe this band is something pretty special, but don't just take my word for it. 




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #10: Say Brother

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

If ever there was a band to go see with the intention of just being nothing but rowdy, Say Brother is probably the band. Columbia, SC's bawdy, rambunctious outfit plays their own special proof of raucous, steamy Americana, and it's quite possibly going to shake and bake you into a heck of a good night.  




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #9: Mercury Girls

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its six iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Pretty pretty noise is coming out of Philly, y'all. The trio making said prettiness would be Mercury Girls, and may I just say how smitten I am. They call themselves "indiepop-art jangle," and I'd agree whilst adding some major dream pop to the equation. Charming boy-girl vocals pair with perfectly effervescent guitar play to delightful effect, making this three-piece a must. A single release on the divine Slumberland label is forthcoming, and I'm super excited about it. As should you be.  




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #8: Faux Ferocious

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Oh, Nashville. You just know how to show a gal a good time. Once again, here comes a band from Music City with all the right noise to get my ears more than a little interested. Faux Ferocious is all about fuzzed to heck and back bursts of messy rock and roll, and it it music to my ears. I'm sure it's even messier and more enjoyable live, so go find out for me. 





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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Week in Shows: 2/15-2/21

A mercilessly frigid 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!

Happy Valentine's Day, you little cherubs. May you all find delightful ways to keep warm on this cold as fuck day. Naturally, I mean live music. What else would I mean? As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. Make sure you get out there this week, but only if we don't get buried under more stupid snow. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 2/15/16

-Graham Nash (Wolf Trap)
-Dressy Bessy + Old Monk (Gypsy Sally's)
-Caz + Scotch Bonnets (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 2/16/16

-Graham Nash (Wolf Trap)
-Best Coast + Wavves + Cherry Glazerr (9:30 Club)

WEDNESDAY, 2/17/16

-Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Lower Dens (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 2/18/16

-Keeps + Church Girls (Black Cat)
-Des Demoanas + A Different Animal (Wonderland Ballroom)

FRIDAY, 2/19/16

-Seratones + Spirit Animal (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-David Cross (Warner Theatre)
-The Nighthawks (Jammin Java)

SATURDAY, 2/20/16

-Dear Creek + Uptown Boys Choir + Junior League Band (Black Cat)
-Sunwolf + Savak + Super!Silver!Haze! (Songbyrd)
-Tone + Time Columns + The Orchid (Velvet Lounge)

SUNDAY, 2/21/16

-Ghastly City Sleep + Polyon + Broken Grids (DC9)
-Rhett Miller + Salim Nourallah (Jammin Java)
-Ms. Fridrich + Noise (Galaxy Hut)


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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #7: The Gotobeds

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Hailing from the Steel Curtain city, The Gotobeds is not for the faint of heart. Their taut, rambunctious post punk punk noise is enough to shatter eardrums, but hey, if it happens, it happens. These dudes are set on making loud the new loud (a mission I heartily approve of). 




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #6: Mass Gothic

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

As a fan of the dearly departed Hooray for Earth, I was thrilled to learn that one of the band's braintrust, Noel Heroux, had started up a new project. Mass Gothic is new on the scene but is already doing big things. Like a darker, grittier HfE, the Mass Gothic sound is instantly likable and, despite having only debuted live in October, probably sounds devilishly good live.




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #5: Acid Dad

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Blustery and boisterous, that's Acid Dad. These NYC upstarts are music to my ears with their raucous psych garage, full of boundless energy and more than enough catchiness to break down the will of even the staunchest crossed-arm concertgoer. These gents will undoubtedly show one and all a heck of a good time.   




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #4: Dear Tracks

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

There's just so much dreaminess to be found in the dream pop of Dear Tracks. What started as a solo bedroom project has bloomed into a full blown band, and one that crafts impeccable, glacially cool waves of perfectly sugary gems. Highly recommended.  




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #3: Chrome Pony

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

What began as a two-headed monster of brothers born on the same day two years apart has emerged into the supernatural force that is Chrome Pony. Their sound is steeped in nothing but the best; heavy psych and experimental 70s jamming and straight up Southern-infused rocking out. These dudes are sure to be some of the show stealers of the 2016 festival circuit as a whole.   





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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #2: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

Maybe it's easy to write off Rainbow Kitten Surprise as a party band by virtue of their name. But I assure y'all, as much as they probably enjoy a good time, that's far from the case. These Boone, NC gents aren't messing around. To start with, they've got a singer with one of the most engaging voices I've heard in quite a while. Musically, they're hard to pin down, shifting from lively to weighty and back again. Another band I have every confidence in being a must-see live.   




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Sounds of Savannah Stopover 2016 #1: Grand Vapids

A funny thing has been happening on the way to SXSW, y'all. A whole lot of bands have been making a pitstop in Savannah, Georgia, on their way to the musical motherland of Austin. And the city best known for its history is making waves with this here shindig known as the Savannah Stopover, about to enjoy its sixth iteration. My head has been turned enough to give y'all some recommendations from said Stopover for your listening pleasure. And if you happen to be free from March 10-12, maybe you ought to just venture on down to Savannah for yourself.

There's a whole lot to dig about Grand Vapids besides their killer name (which, let's face it, is darned clever). These Athens fellas seem to inhabit a sonic space that's much akin to the sludgy, scuzzed up creations of 90s indie mainstays, but with plenty of nuance lifting each song. And if I had to hazard a guess, I'd bet their noise sounds mighty fine live and up close.      

  




[posted 2.14.16]

Sunday, February 7, 2016

On The Road Again: Twin Limb

Twin Limb, those Louisvilleian makers of mercurial, mesmeric dream pop with a psychedelic undertone, are preparing for a long US tour, which means it's time to rejoice! The jaunt sees them stopping all over the place, so plenty of chances to get out there and experience their beautiful noise for yourself. 


TWIN LIMB TOUR DATES

02/27 Louisville KY - The New Vintage

03/05 Jacksonville FL - Jack Rabbits


03/06 Okeechobee FL - Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival


03/08 Orlando FL - The Social


03/09 St Petersburg FL - Local 662


03/11 Bluffton SC - Roasting Room Lounge and Listening Room


03/12 Savannah GA - Savannah Stopover Music Festival


03/14 New Orleans LA - Gasa Gasa


03/15 Austin TX - SXSW 2016


03/21 Dallas TX - Three Links*


03/22 Birmingham AL - Saturn Birmingham*


03/24 Nashville TN - High Watt*


03/26 Asheville NC - Grey Eagle*


03/28 Raleigh NC - King’s Barcade*


03/29 Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel


03/30 Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle*


04/01 New York NY - The Bowery Ballroom*


04/02 Cambridge MA - The Sinclair*


04/03 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square*


04/04 Burlington VT - Higher Ground*


04/06 Indianapolis IN - The Hi-Fi


04/07 Chicago IL - The Empty Bottle


04/08 Covington KY - Madison Live


04/09 Knoxville TN - Rhythm N Blooms Music Festival


05/12 Louisville KY - Iroquois Amphitheater^


05/13 Louisville KY - Iroquois Amphitheater^


05/14 Atlanta GA - Shaky Knees Festival

* w/ Basia Bulat
^ w/ My Morning Jacket




[posted 2.7.16]

Video of The Day #110: Tiger Tooth

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 not often you'll see a video with a Pomeranian in an Adidas (excuse me, Adidog) hoodie and a creepy doll out at the club, but in Tiger Tooth's clip for "Tiger Asylum" that's just what you'll get. Dark, rabbit hole techno beats crawl menacingly through the four minutes of the song, adding just a hint of doom. 






[posted 2.7.16]

Singles Club: CeaseTone

Iceland. Even the mere thought of that small island seems to conjure notions of magical, mystical legends and landscapes. It follows, then, that many a band that emerges from Iceland seems to have something otherworldly about them. 

The latest torchbearers for the unique noise from our Northerly neighbors is CeaseTone, a four piece that successfully endeavors to make "big worlds of sound" with their chilly, electronic-tinted pop. High drama indeed.  

   




[posted 2.7.16]

Remix Fix: Ra Ra Riot/Dim Sum

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.

Two seconds in to the Dim Sum remix of Ra Ra Riot's "Absolutely" and I almost managed to forget that tomorrow is Monday. The Parisian producer definitely adds a certain something to the song, adding sticky sweet beats while keeping hold of the liveliness of the original. A great way to savor the waning, last gasp hours of the weekend. 




[posted 2.7.16]