Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Deer Tick @ 9:30 Club, 11/30/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

Rhode Island's finest, Deer Tick, just released their first newness in four years this past September, and now they're taking their act on the road to bring some of those new sounds to good folks hither and yon. 

The band's Twice As Nice tour will roll in to DC on 11/30, stopping at the 9:30 Club. The band will forgo an opener and play both a quiet-is-the-new-loud/loud-is-the-new-loud set. In other words, for Deer Tick fans it's kind of a big deal. 

 You're in luck, too, because I just happen to be giving away a pair of tickets to this very show. Talk about nice, eh? To win the tickets, drop me a line and tell me how much you'd like to see Deer Tick on this special tour. Piece of cake, right? Make it good, y'all. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Tuesday, 11/28/17. 





[posted 11.15.17]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Video of The Day #368: Boy Azooga

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.

From Cardiff comes the prismatic, percussion-centric odyssey of Boy Azooga and their dandy "Face Behind Her Cigarette." The new Heavenly Records signees, led by mastermind Davey Newington, let loose a heck of a racket with this unrelenting fiend of a track. It's a far out, fuzzed-up vintage space funk nugget with an absolutely diabolical monster beat. The video's green screen hijinks play into the throwback feel, and are appropriately kooky. Very nice, very nice indeed.  





[posted 11.14.17]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Video of The Day #367: Makeup Girl

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.

Take a lovely little visual tour of this here city of ours in Makeup Girl's video for "Something New," won't you? It's a sharp-dressed mannequin's point of view (and questionable choices) we follow along on a sunny blue afternoon in the District of Columbia as the hazy, dreamy fuzz pop of these DC dudes cuts loose. 

If you're in town tonight, head over to DC9 to see Makeup Girl in person (with Shame).  





[posted 11.13.17]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Cut Copy @ 9:30 Club, 11/29/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

Having seen Australia's Cut Copy a time or two, I can assure you that seeing them live is a heck of a good time. Their evocative, textured songs are great for getting lost in, and for cutting a rug to. 

The band is currently on the road here in the States, touring new record Haiku From Zero, and one of their stops just so happens to be here in DC. You could win a pair of tickets to the 9:30 Club show, my friend. 

To win the pair of tickets that I have up for grabs, simply send me a message letting me know just how much you'd love to see Cut Copy live. Best entry gets the goods, so make it count!  

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Monday, 11/27/17.    







[posted 11.13.17]

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Singles Club: Bee Bee Sea + Krief + Slow Magic

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

With a twitching, shaky intensity, Bee Bee Sea is rather hard to ignore. This Italian outfit harnesses a chaotic, uninhibited sort of rock and roll, as gleeful as it is shambolic. "Sonic Boomerang" is a party and a half, and requires listening to at high volume.    



Patrick Krief was once part of the dreamy Canadian ensemble The Dears, and continues making dreamy noise these days as Krief. "Ordinary Lies" is a spectral, levitating concoction, swells of immense, bittersweet loveliness ebbing and flowing so very elegantly.  



I'm a fan of the "Sunset Edit" of Slow Magic's "Belong 2 Me," because it's got the added bonus of Peter Silberman of The Antlers on vocal duties. Those shadowy, supernatural vocals fit perfectly with the song's eerily ethereal energy. There's something unfulfilled here, and a sense of expectation heightens each note.  



[posted 11.12.17]

Good Cover Version: Widowspeak Does Neil Young

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.

Capturing more than a little of the original's moonlit magic, Widowspeak add their own wonderful witchery to Neil Young's "Harvest Moon." Underneath all the gauzy vocals and guitar lurks no small amount of yearning, burning embers. Well done indeed by these New Yorkers.    



[posted 11.12.17]

Singles Club: Cones + HOLY + NVDES

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

With "Later," California boys Cones wanted to harness "that moment in a breakup when you finally start to find peace, but some of that bitterness is still hanging around." This sentiment has certainly connected with me, and with the shimmery, dappled sunshine dreaminess this duo creates it's easy to get lost in that maddeningly magical middleground.    



Listen to this one loud, y'all. Swedish stargazer HOLY (Hannes Ferm) has tapped into all things wacky and wonderful with his new nugget "Heard Her," a prismatic pendulum of psych rock with a bounty that knows no bounds. Listen more than once, as you'll definitely hear new sounds each time you do. Keep an eye on this celestial PNKSLM signee, without a doubt.   



The more I hear from NVDES, the more I like. With "D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)," the LA outfit recruited REMMI to provide salacious, nasty gal vocals that get good and steamy against big, throwback beats. And really, don't we all need someone who can hit the spot? It's sass with style, and it's catchy as all get out.   



[posted 11.12.17]

Video of The Day #366: Escape-Ism

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.

Local legend Ian Svenonius is at it once again, making some serious sonic sturm und drang with his Escape-Ism venture. This is Svenonius flying solo, and in "Walking In The Dark" his ghoulishly catchy, spookily sinuous undulations are peppered with thunderstorm effects for a kooky kick. The video's mod noir effects in black and white are just perfect to go along with this gem.    



[posted 11.12.17]

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Sweet Little Rock & Roller Collectibles

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

Does your favorite music loving lady or gent love stuff? As in, are they more of a maximalist and not so much a minimalist? If so, they may be the type to appreciate one of these super cute collectible figures. 

Funko has several vinyl figures on offer, my favorite is the Jimi Hendrix model. Joey Ramone, Lemmy Kilmister, and several members of Guns N Roses are also available to delight your friends and loved ones. I'm pretty much obsessed with their David Bowie as Jareth from Labryinth figure, if anyone is interested... 

For those with an interest in punk with DC roots, look no further than this fantastic Press Pop statuette of H. R. from Bad Brains. I love the fact that this one isn't your traditional statuette, and that it captures H. R. in motion. Press Pop also has a ridiculously awesome Public Enemy action figure set for sale.

Pop! Rocks (Funko) also has all manner of options in their range of vinyl figures. I'm a fan of 1970s Elvis, resplendent in white jumpsuit, but you could snap up Tupac, Johnny Rotten, a Blue Meanie...and so much more. 

Happy hunting, my little elves. 

[posted 11.11.17]

Video of The Day #365: Maps & His Mothball Fleet

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 Veterans Day here in the US, so today's video pick comes from FL's favorite vet, Maps & His Mothball Fleet. "A Lot Becomes a Little" is a lovely piece of 90s-infused lo-fi jangle. The song is full of questions and seeking answers, always searching for something. It's a sentiment that applies to the album Fighting Season as a whole. The video itself is a rather pretty thing to look at, full of scenic shots and meaningful glances.   





[posted 11.11.17]

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Mixtape Mania

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

While the Millennials among us may not have experienced the multitudinous joys of mixtape making, that's not to say they still can't get a kick out of the mixtape itself. Suitable for all age groups, this bunch of mixtape-centric goodies should make any music fan feel like a kid again. 

Witness the cuteness of a personalized mixtape pillow!

What about having a beverage out of some adorable mixtape glasses?

Why not break out this mixtape game at your next gathering?

Welcome friends to your crib with this sassy personalizable mixtape welcome mat!

And finally, share the gift of the moving read from Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape.

As an added bonus, why not revive the art itself and make your favorite folks their own personal mixes? Long live the mixtape! 

[posted 11.11.17]     

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Eddie Argos Artwork

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

This isn't the first year I've recommended some custom artwork by Art Brut's delightful Eddie Argos. But this year I'm putting my money where my mouth is, as I've actually ordered myself a custom piece from Argos, which I'll gush about when it arrives. 

This year, Eddie's done something really, really cool, which is to offer up vouchers that you can gift if you don't happen to know what record would make someone the happiest. If you know your special person's special record, you can go ahead and place an order here. Argos listens to the record while he paints, and does a brief review of the record, as well. You can also follow Eddie on Instagram to see what sort of things he's been painting. I do strongly suggest you order sooner rather than later (as in, no time like the present for this particular present). Really, though, what music lover wouldn't want a painting of their favorite album? 

[posted 11.11.17]   

The Week In Shows: 11/13/17-11/19/17

A rather chilly Saturday morning in November 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 cold out, friends. I know I always complain about the heat, and I'm probably going to complain about the cold at some point over the course of the next few months. But still, there's too many good gigs out there to stay home! And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Bonus: catch yours truly at any show with an asterisk next to it.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 11/13/17

-Foul Swoops + Aquarian Blood + Glue Factory (Black Cat)
-Shame + Makeup Girl (DC9)
-Pale Waves + Hazel English (Songbyrd Music House)
-Casper Skulls + Bottled Up + Kid Claws (Comet Ping Pong)
-Annie Stokes + Lucas Roy (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 11/14/17

-Bob Dylan & His Band + Mavis Staples (The Anthem)
-Merge Records 2017: A Listening Party (Songbyrd Music House)
-Silversun Pickups + Minus The Bear (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Howard Ivans + Machine Drift + Teething Veils (Galaxy Hut)
-Luna + Eleanor Friedberger (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 11/15/17

-Bully + Aye Nako (U Street Music Hall - win tix!)*
-Hot Snakes + Duchess Says + Suicide Pact (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Soccer Mommy + Julian (DC9)
-National Symphony Orchestra (The Anthem - SOLD OUT)
-Guerilla Toss + PC Worship + Mock Identity (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Revivalists + Southern Avenue (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-Elizabeth II + Little Coyote + Ménage À Garage (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 11/16/17

-The Drums + Methyl Ethel (Black Cat)*
-The Revivalists + Mt. Joy (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-The Frights + Vundabar + Hockey Dad (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Elliott Brood + The Shandies (DC9)
-Five of The Eyes + Larry (Velvet Lounge)
-Oliver Francis + Big Baby Scumbag (Songbyrd Music House)

FRIDAY, 11/17/17

-Yonder Mountain String Band + The Last Revel (9:30 Club)
-City of The Sun + Satellite Mode (Songbyrd Music House)
-Roxsplosion Presents: Rocket City Riot + Radar + Stereoriots (Comet Ping Pong)
-The Story So Far + Turnstile + Drug Church (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 11/18/17

-Arkells + Irontom (U Street Music Hall - win tix!)
-The Black Heart Procession + Sam Coomes (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-The Ballroom Thieves + Frances Luke Accord (DC9)
-Bleachers + Bishop Briggs + Amy Shark (9:30 Club)
-Take Me Out: 2000s Indie Dance Party (Black Cat)*

SUNDAY, 11/19/17

-Alex Lahey + Dude York (DC9)
-Hot Chip open-to-close DJ set (U Street Music Hall)
-Eyelids + Jay Gonzalez & The Guilty Pleasures + Humble Fire (Black Cat)
-Alex The Red Parez and The Hell Rojos + Fake Manners (Galaxy Hut)

[posted 11.11.17]

Friday, November 10, 2017

Good Cover Version: Walt Wagner Does My Bloody Valentine

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.

Once upon a time, yours truly was a student of piano. I was probably moderately passable for a novice, but my Geminian lack of commitment meant the piano and I soon parted ways. To this day, however, I am fascinated by the piano, and those who tickle the ivories. So when I heard about newly-retired pianist Walt Wagner doing a record of covers for Sub Pop, I was naturally intrigued. Wagner's rendition of the My Bloody Valentine treasure "I Only Said" is in itself a modern classic. Played with tenderness and lightness, there's something spritely in the way Wagner touches upon each note. It's playful at times, while still retaining that sense of majestic expanse that MBV was so adept at crafting on Loveless. Very well done indeed.    



[posted 11.10.17]

Video of The Day #364: Husky Loops

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 a touch of the maniacal about "Fading Out," so naturally this Husky Loops video had to be a bit kooky. As the song's cutting riffs and nervy, live-wire energy runs rampant, the central story of these visuals centers on shots of the video's star confounding Londoners with all manner of movement akin to nervous tics and spontaneous dance moves, shouts, and crawls. A headscratcher to be sure, this is manic, done quite masterfully.     



[posted 11.10.17]

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Arkells @ U Street Music Hall, 11/18/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

It's a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming IMP show.

From Hamilton, Ontario, comes the raucous yet refined song stylings of Arkells. To see this enthusiastic outfit up close and personal on a Saturday night would be a special thing indeed, and if you're a DC area resident you'll have just that very opportunity when the band comes through on November 18. It may be chilly outside, but the U Street Music Hall will be nice and toasty thanks to these dudes. 

If you'd like to go see what the fuss is all about, you'll want to email me and tell me all about it. If you make a compelling case, you'll win a pair of tickets to see Arkells do their thing. 

FINE PRINT: This here contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Thursday, 11/16/17.  



[posted 11.9.17]

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Video of The Day #363: Curtis Harding

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Y'all, this week has been giving me the black-and-blues, especially today. Something special is required to turn this frown upside down, but thankfully, there's Curtis Harding. For three minutes and twenty one seconds (give or take an intro), the world makes sense again thanks to Harding's smoked velvet vocals and the vintage soul stylings of "Need Your Love." The song's video is all about love in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and that's a heck of a beautiful thing. A song to cherish, no doubt about it.

As an added bonus, check out another unmissable moment of Harding's - "Go As You Are."      





[posted 11.8.17]

Monday, November 6, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Bully @ U Street Music Hall, 11/15/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

It's a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming IMP show.

For a riotous, shouty good time, look no further than Bully. This Nashville trio is currently tooling around the US, playing songs from their newly-released sophomore release Losing (Sub Pop).

Happily, this particular tour happens to include a DC stop at the U Street Music Hall. Wanna go? Of course you do, silly question. I can help you, my friends, as I have a pair of tickets to this very show. 

To win, simply send me an email telling me that you're interested in this particular show. Bonus points are awarded for creativity, but earnestness is appreciated, too. So have at it, y'all! 

FINE PRINT: This here contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Monday, 11/13/17. 

     



[posted 11.6.17]

Video of The Day #362 (Premiere Edition): Bohemians

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.

Mondays are rough. At best, tedious; at worst, brutal. What most Mondays need is a pick-me-up, something to take away the bitter sting of the start of yet another work week. Something, for example, like Bohemians' "Painted Faces." 

"Painted Faces" is an exercise in escapism, a breathless burst of tender, deliriously giddy energy. With all that dizzying, unbridled enthusiasm, the song has the potential to help you forget, and to elicit may well instead the need to get up and do some serious living room shimmying. They may be tenderfoots, but the members of Bohemians are already well on their way. 

The (lyric) video, premiering right here and now, captures the essence of the song quite well. Of the song, Bohemians opine: "'Painted Faces' is actually one of the first songs we ever wrote as a band. Our lead singer, Luke, went to a concert at the Bowery (NYC) where everyone in the crowd painted each other’s faces with shapes and symbols. After the show, to make his train back to our farmy hometown on Long Island, he had to run through Chinatown, looking like a neon cultist. It was a very surreal experience as a teenager and it fanned out into this song shortly after." 

In the video, you'll see an ever-changing main visual of the band members, with some undulating colors and other effects cavorting all around them. And speaking of cavorting, this is definitely a song to cavort to. So go forth, friends, and cavort away.

For the New Yorkers among you, be sure to head to DROM this Thursday, where you can check out Bohemians doing their thing live.      





[posted 11.6.17]

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Good Cover Version: Street Joy Does Van Halen

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.

Street Joy's version of "Hot for Teacher" was initially done for a surprise birthday party. Happy birthday, indeed. But this sassy, party hearty cover wasn't meant to be a one-and-done kind of thing. 

The LA duo took over one of the seminal hair-tossing songs of the impossibly decadent decade and whipped it into dancefloor-readiness in sensational ways. While it may rest firmly on the synthy side of the spectrum, Street Joy hits 80s levels of indulgence and over the top camp. Perhaps so much so that even David Lee Roth would smile his devil-on-the-shoulder smile of approval.     



[posted 11.5.17]

On The Road Again: Snail Mail

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Very bright young thing Lindsey Jordan, otherwise known as the lass behind buzzy Baltimore project Snail Mail, is not content to rest on all those critical laurels coming her way these days. Oh no. Now signed to Matador, Jordan's Snail Mail will be releasing a long player in 2018, and will also be heading out on the road to slay many a city. Go on and get out and join the converted, my friends.    

SNAIL MAIL TOUR DATES

1/18 - Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar ^
1/20 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
1/22 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern ^
1/23 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha ^
1/24 - Ithaca, NY - The Chanticleer Loft ^
1/25 - Allston, MA - The Great Scott ^
1/26 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right ^
1/27 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA ^
3/6 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount #
3/10 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway #
3/11 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room #

* w/ Bat Fangs
^ w/ Lomelda
# w/ Ought



[posted 11.5.17]

Video of The Day #361: Oh Sees

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.

Reminiscent of a particular type of 1980s video game featuring knights and quests and hordes of grotesque creatures, the video for "Nite Expo" is a fantastical, kooky ride. Animated and directed by Alex Theodoropulos, the misadventures of our green-eyed protagonist are in tune with the technicolor psych noise of the wonderful Oh Sees. John Dwyer may have dropped the "Thee" from the project's name, but the smart, shambolic racket is still going strong.   





[posted 11.5.17]

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Video of The Day #360: Ought

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.

Montreal's Ought has been busy. They've just been signed to Merge, are out on tour as we speak, and are readying for the release of their third long player, Room Inside the World, hitting shelves on February 16 of next year. But wait, there's more. The video for "These 3 Things" is out, and the reality-versus-ideal concept fits the song's lean but luxe, exaggerated eccentricity like so many gloves. Impeccable.    





[posted 11.4.17]

The Week In Shows: 11/6/17-11/12/17

The first Saturday in November 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!

Halloween has come and gone, and the stores are already pimping Christmas stuff. A special time of year indeed. Once again, this week looks mighty fine for some shows, so feel free to look forward to the week ahead. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of the shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area. Bonus: catch yours truly at any show with an asterisk next to it. 

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 11/6/17

-The Mountain Goats + Mothers (9:30 Club)
-Mister Heavenly + Anna Burch (Black Cat)
-Thick Paint + Anna McClellan + Staffers + Weston Smith (Slash Run)
-Kishi Bashi + Tall Tall Trees (6th & I - SOLD OUT)
-The Rural Alberta Advantage + Yukon Blonde (Rock & Roll Hotel)

TUESDAY, 11/7/17

-The Mountain Goats + Mothers (9:30 Club)
-Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile and The Sea Lice + Jen Cloher (The Anthem)*
-White Reaper + Post Animal (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Diane Coffee + Peach Pit (DC9)
-The English Beat (Lincoln Theatre)
-Joey Sprinkles + Brick Top + Collider (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 11/8/17

-EMA + The Blow + ESCAPE-ISM (DC9)
-Space Captain + Peyote Pilgrim + Mr. Daywalker (Black Cat)
-Grizzly Bear + Serpentwithfeet (The Anthem)

THURSDAY, 11/9/17

-John Cleese/Monty Python Screening (Warner Theatre)
-The Sherlocks + Pinkwench (DC9)
-Sun Parade + Venn (Black Cat)
-Iron & Wine + John Moreland (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-Mystery Skulls + Phone Call + hey! dw (Songbyrd Music House)

FRIDAY, 11/10/17

-The Lone Bellow + The Wild Reeds (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)
-A. Savage (Parquet Courts) + Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting) (DC9)
-Overcoats + Gordi (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Derider + Another Heaven + Tölva (Slash Run) 

SATURDAY, 11/11/17

-The Lone Bellow + The Wild Reeds (9:30 Club)
-Shilpa Ray + Elmapi (Comet Ping Pong)
-Lee Ranaldo + The Messthetics (Black Cat)
-Sannhet + Tone + Cavern (Rock & Roll Hotel) 
-Dead Winter Carpenters + Two Ton Twig (Pearl Street Warehouse)

SUNDAY, 11/12/17

-No Age + Psychic Subcreatures (Comet Ping Pong)
-David Bazan + Michael Nau (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Mipso + The Brothers Comatose + The Lil Smokies (9:30 Club)

[posted 11.4.17]

Friday, November 3, 2017

Good Cover Version: Feist Does Leonard Cohen

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.

I'm such an emotional masochist that I'll listen to Leonard Cohen on repeat for hours, just because. And I know I'm not the only one. It brings me great joy to hear a good cover of a classic Cohen song, and many noteworthy folks have given that very challenge the old college try. 

Most recently, Feist has taken on the daunting task of making the heart-wrenching heaven of "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" sound Feist-ian. With a refreshing simplicity, she captures the naked honesty and truths of Cohen's lyrics, her voice breathing new life into the words of the fallen poet's. The misty gray morning delicacy of Feist's voice on this cover is both ethereal and earthbound, and does justice indeed to this treasured song. You'll probably want to buy this one.       



[posted 11.3.17]

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Video of The Day #359: Six by Seven

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

It's been roughly five years since I last gushed a little bit about Six by Seven, which I'd say makes it about time to gush a little bit more about Six by Seven. As much as I appreciate the way Six by Seven could create sonic havoc for upwards of seven minutes at a time, their more single-friendly "Candlelight" holds quite a special place in my heart. It's got an urgency to it, a breathless expectancy. Black and white and a rush of slightly awkwardly angled closeups, the video for this impeccable nugget picks up on the underlying impatient jitters of the song and amplifies them. And yes, "open your eyes/close the door/take what's yours" is still one of my favorite lyrics around.   



[posted 11.3.17]

Video of The Day #358: Shana Falana

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 didn't think I could possibly adore Shana Falana's "Cool Kids," a jubilant ode to the misfits among us, anymore than I already did, but then along came the video. The lush, lo-fi dreamgazing song's message of empowerment is clear, and it's echoed loudly in the rainbow-draped scenes in the clip. If I was a betting lass, I'd say you might just hear this gem at tonight's Paperhaus show.






[posted 11.2.17]