Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quick Notes: Queens of the Stone Age, Stephen Brodsky, Mastodon + Tidal Arms

*[theprp.com] Pro-shot (though sadly not HD) footage of Queens Of The Stone Age‘s return to the stage yesterday, March 30th, has been uploaded below. The set took place as part of the 2013 ‘Lollapalooza Brasil‘ festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As previously reported, it saw the group perform with expected new drummer Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta). The bands new album “…Like Clockwork” will receive a June release date on Matador Records.



*[theprp.com] Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky‘s new solo track ”Thing In The Spring” can be previewed online below. His new EP “Hit Or Mystery” will land in stores April 16th on Little Black Cloud Records.



*[theprp.com] Mastodon‘s coming overseas run will see them joined by The Ocean at a total of four shows. Here’s how the bands schedule will run:

05/31 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik (feat. The Ocean)
06/01 Nijmegen, NET – Fortarock Festival
06/02 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier (feat. The Ocean)
06/04 Warsaw, POL – Impact Festival
06/05 Berlin, GER – Lido (feat. The Ocean)
06/06 Dresden, GER – Beatpol (feat. The Ocean)
06/08 Milan, ITA – Sonisphere Festival
06/09 Amneville, FRA – Sonisphere Festival
06/10 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
06/12 Dublin, IRE – The Academy
06/13 Dublin, IRE – The Academy
06/16 Donington Park, UK – Download Festival

Mastodon will spend their summer in North America as part of the 2013 ‘Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival‘.

*Tidal Arms recently recorded a cover version of the Game of Thrones theme song while recently in the studio working on their sophomore album. No word just yet on when that record will surface, but we'll keep you posted. Check out footage below...

Fat History Month's "Bad History Month" Available Tomorrow!

That's right, Fat History Month's long awaited and heavily anticipated sophomore full length record Bad History Month is out tomorrow, April 1st aka April Fool's Day. Brooklyn Vegan recently premiered the first single and title track "Bad History Month" and Gimme Tinnitus were on hand for the debut of "Bald History Month". Now the fine folks at Stereogum have shared their thoughts...

"Yesterday, I wrote a piece for Stereogum discussing some of the difficulties associated with running an underground music space in Boston. Sometimes keeping house show culture vibrant in this city seems like more trouble than it’s worth, but then you hear something like the new record by Fat History Month – probably the most championed band of the Boston basement-show circuit in recent years – and it’s enough to squash your cynicism for a while.

While the backstory of Fat History Month — a guitar and drum duo who seem to take inspiration from Slanted & Enchanted-era Pavement, Modest Mouse, and other similarly self-deprecating indie-rock bands — is one of off-the-grid smoke-filled basements around Massachusetts, none of that history is even really necessary to appreciate the series of painfully overlooked experimental rock records and tapes they’ve released since 2009. Fat History Month’s 2011 debut full-length Fucking Despair (comprised of “redemption songs of freedom” with names like “Free As a Cat”) was marked by the singer’s perpetual deadpan, and distorted guitar lines that shift between the tight/angular and the droney/cyclical. Now, that’s followed up by songs in a similar vein on a second full length, Bad History Month, out on April Fool’s Day via Sophomore Lounge and Exploding In Sound Records. Below, hear a song from that album, “Bald History Month,” and check out their tour dates HERE [also below]."



ORDER BAD HISTORY MONTH HERE!!

Tour Dates:

3/31 MISSOULA MT - OLE BECK VFW POST 209 w/ Boys and St. Elias fb
4/2 SEATTLE WA - THE BLACK LODGE w/ Devotion and St. Elias
4/3 PORTLAND OR - THE EAST END w/ St. Elias
4/4 ARCATA CA - CRESCENT HOUSE
4/5 DAVIS CA - PEER PRESSURE PALACE
4/6 SAN FRANCISCO CA - HEMLOCK TAVERN w/ Michael Beach and Cum Stain fb
4/7 OAKLAND CA - THE TREES w/ Big Long Now and Buzzmutt fb
4/8 SAN LUIS OBISPO - CROSSROADS
4/9 ISLA VISTA CA - BIKO GARAGE w/ Fell To Low and Blasting Concept fb
4/10 LOS ANGELES CA - ORIGAMI VINYL (early show)
4/10 LOS ANGELES CA - THE SMELL (later show) w/ Stab City and LA Font fb
4/11 SAN DIEGO CA - TIN CAN ALE HOUSE w/ Takahashi and Small Talk fb
4/12 TEMPE AZ - TBD
4/13 FLAGSTAFF AZ - email us for address
4/14 ALBUQUERQUE NM - THE IRON HOUSE
4/15 AMARILLO TX - THE 806
4/16 DENTON TX - J & J’S PIZZA w/ Burnt Sienna
4/17 AUSTIN TX - HOTEL VEGAS w/ Cartright and Sur
4/18 HOUSTON TX - NOTSUOH
4/19 NEW ORLEANS LA - ONE EYED JACKS w/ Y’all, Native America and Woozy this thing
4/20 PENSACOLA FL - THE HANDLEBAR (Clusterfest) fb
4/21 BIRMINGHAM AL - THE FORGE /w The Urns and Holy Youth fb
4/22 NASHVILLE TN - THE OWL FARM w/ Gnarwhal and Cy Barkley fb
4/23 LOUISVIKLLE KY - HAYMARKET WHISKEY BAR w/ Mote and 1 TBA fb
4/24 BLOOMINGTON IN - SOUND WORKSHOP w/ Dust from 1000 Yrs and Ponyboy
4/25 ATHENS OH - LOBSTER FEST
4/26 PHILADELPHIA PA - GREAT INDOORS w/ Ghost Light and 1 TBA
4/27 NEW BRUNSWICK NJ - COOLER RANCH w/ Eternal Fuzz and Wild Rice fb
4/28 BROOKLYN NY - DEATH BY AUDIO w/ Porches. and Bennio Qwerty
4/29 ALLSTON MA - GREAT SCOTT w/ Florida=Death and Grass is Green

Shellshag Debut "Forever" Video + More

[press release] In Shellshag's new video for the song "Forever" off of the band's 3rd full length album "Shellshag Forever" you get a glimpse of what it's like to be at a Shellshag show before the curtains open. Watch Jen Shag set up her stand-up drums and John Shell assemble the band's home made stage set-up that consists of a light-up tower amp and a v-shaped double microphone stand that they use to sing "Face to Face". You haven't experienced Shellshag until you've seen their rambunctious live show. Catch them all over the east coast this Spring!

Listening to Shellshag is like listening to a 15-year story of punk love and DIY tours, a sentiment that is summed up all over the Brooklyn-via-San Francisco band's new record, Shellshag Forever. The album follows 2010’s Rumors in Disguise – a record marked by huge hooks and a fuzzy balance of sweet and sludgy pop punk. That all surfaces on Shellshag Forever, except that here Shell and Shag’s songs sound clearer and more fully-formed than ever. “We’ll raise a family, building lots of memories /and grow old together, what could be better?” asks the lead single, “Face to Face”, an apt title for the sort of punk band who plays every show facing each other, with John Shell on guitar and Jen Shag standing playing drums, wearing a belt full of sleighbells for added percussion, both singing into a Y-shaped mic. “We’ll keep playing shows from Brooklyn to ole ‘Frisco / and grow old together, what could be better?” It’s a song about Shellshag, about crisscrossing the country together since the 90s, about keeping punk dreams alive.

Jen Shag and John Shell play seemingly bare-bones guitar-and-drunks pop-inflicted punk songs, but listen closely and the simplest of lyrics are embedded with meaning. “Sweet Hoodie” seems like a song about Shell’s old sweatshirt but is actually the story of their entire relationship and the memories worn and torn into it; it’s about meeting and being young, playing punk rock shows, about forgiving yourself and others, making mistakes, falling in love.

Shellshag Forever is a microcosmic glimpse into the life of Shell and Shag. This record also showcases their individual songwriting, with some of the strongest tracks being the Shell-sung “Come Down” and Shag-sung “I Love You Anyway”. The most resonant moments are always when they sing together though. Mid-way through, the duo sings in harmony on “Forever”, over the hum of Shell’s fuzzy riff and Shag’s steady minimal drum, summing up this record and the general essence of Shellshag: “I just can’t picture me and you in any other life, this is what we are meant to do forever.”

“This album is very Shellshag,” says the band. “The themes, as usual, are unique to our personal experience in the world we have created for ourselves, from our homemade gear, to us pleasing ourselves and playing for each other. We have developed a consistent sound now and have really let the vocals fly on this record. This record falls in right in line with were we left of with Rumors from the artwork to the content.”

“We can’t picture any other life,” they continue. “We get what we choose and we choose Shellshag and we both know it. We are sure. We are Shellshag forever.”

TOUR DATES:

4/13 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool w/ RVIVR
4/19 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells !
5/9 Boston, MA - Middle East ! @
5/10 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio @ $
5/18 Manhattan, NY - Mercury Lounge w/ JEFF The Brotherhood and Hunters
5/25 Brooklyn, NY - Party Expo w/ Moira Scara
6/5 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio ^
6/8 Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge ^
6/21-23 Chattanooga, TN - Do Ya Hear We Fest

! = w/ Screaming Females
@ = w/ Black Wine
$ = w/ Swearin' & comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard
^ = w/ Apogee Sound Club

Gun Outfit Debut "Lau Blues" + Extend Tour Dates

[press release] Next Tuesday, April 2, Gun Outfit returns with Hard Coming Down, their third album on PPM. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Gun Outfit shared the second single, “Lau Blues,” which premiered on Fader [stream below]. Gun Outfit hit the road this month and added even more dates including the original shows with The Men and Milk Music. With this album also comes "WHERES ANTON", a short film surrounding Gun Outfit from Joe DeNardo, shot on 16mm, blending the shared narratives of document and artifice. Watch the trailer HERE.

Overwhelmed by the rising sea of garbage seeping in through every crack in the earth and mind, Gun Outfit respond by playing human music. Their new record, Hard Coming Down, is the first one with bass, and it is a dark opening in a wall of artificial light. They think they are playing folk music because rock is folk music now, and anyway… they’re country educated. Warm tones, heavy vibes. Although they drink the same water as the real believers of the past 40 years like Great Society, Relatively Clean Rivers, Meat Puppets and Lucinda Williams, Gun Outfit don’t get too comfortable with the past, because they’ve got their own strange moment to capture.

It’s not an easy task to shake up a scene famous for the twee groups of the K Records catalog, but with Gun Outfit barreling through hundreds of shows in the late 2000′s, they were key in the renewal of the loud and plaintive to the historically vibrant scene of Olympia, WA. In Hard Coming Down they have created something more serene, bold, and confident than anything in their prior output.

TOUR DATES:

4/1 Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
4/2 Tempe, AZ - Topaz Tundra *
4/5 Austin, TX - Beerland w/ Versus
4/6 Houston, TX - Mangos Cantina
4/7 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
4/8 St Louis, MO - Blank Space
4/9 Cincinnati, OH - House Show
4/10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom @
4/11 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall @
4/12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue and 7th Street Entry @
4/13 Northfield, MN The Cave (Carleton College) @
4/14 Omaha, NE - House Show
4/15 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
4/17 Baton Rouge, LA - Mud + Water
4/18 New Orleans, LA - Dorgenois House w/ Curved Dog
4/23 Atlanta, GA - 529
4/24 Athens, GA - Farm 255
4/26 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light ^
4/29 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
4/30 Washington DC - Black Cat
5/1 New Haven, CT - BAR
5/2 New York, NY - Cake Shop w/ Piano Movers
5/3 Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
5/5 Montreal, QC - O Patro Vys
5/6 Ottawa, CA - Zaphod Beeblebrox
5/7 TORONTO, CA The Silver Dollar
5/10 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium $
5/13 Calgary, CA - Lux Laundromat

* w/ Milk Music
@ w/ The Men
^ w/ Apache Dropout
$ w/ UV Race

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood Debut "Cold Molly (Romain Remains Remix)"

[press release] Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood’s remix of “Cold Molly,” featuring guest vocalist Leila Moss (The Duke Spirit), is streaming now via Paste HERE.

The pair’s debut collaboration, Black Pudding, is available May 14 via Ipecac Recordings.

Lanegan, never one to shy away from unique collaborations, has previously worked with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell, The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli and as a member of The Screaming Trees, Soulsavers and Queens of the Stone Age.

"Duke Garwood is one of my all time favorite artists," said Lanegan. "Working with him has been one of the best experiences of my recording life." Lanegan and Garwood met a few years ago while playing on the same bill and Garwood was again a frequent opener on Lanegan's recent European tour.

Garwood has often been described in the UK press as Lanegan's "spiritual cousin across the Atlantic waters." He is praised in his home country as a master bluesman, with The Quietus saying "The combination of Garwood's murmured vocals and the sound he gets out of his guitar - which ranges from a rolling, loose finger-picking to shuddering howls of feedback - has a hypnotic effect" and The Mirror dubbing him as "London's leading exponent of the wheezy broke-down blues."

Lanegan's most recent release is Blues Funeral, which Mojo extolled as an "outstanding piece of work," Paste said "his fearlessness remains devastatingly affecting" and Dusted said Blues Funeral was one of "his strongest, and certainly his oddest, albums."

Black Pudding was recorded at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, Calif. by Justin Smith (Tegan and Sara, The Hives) and mixed by his Queens of the Stone Age associate Alain Johannes.

Black Pudding track listing:

1. Black Pudding
2. Pentacostal
3. War Memorial
4. Mescalito
5. Sphinx
6. Last Rung
7. Driver
8. Death Rides a White Horse
9. Thank You
10. Cold Molly
11. Shade of the Sun
12. Manchester Special

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Quick Notes: Double Dagger, Helms Alee, Ttotals, The Black Angels, + Snapped Ankles

*A message from Double Dagger... "In case you haven't heard, our posthumous final record 333 is coming out on Record Store Day... aka April 20, 2013!

333 is a limited-edition LP that comes packaged with a DVD of Gabriel Deloach's If We Shout Loud Enough, a 96-minute documentary about the last days of the band and the making of the last record. It's packed full of interviews with us, some local music luminaries, lots of incredible live footage, and more! Check out our site and Thrill Jockey for more info on the record, the DVD and some preview clips. The official trailer for the film is coming in the next few weeks, plus some other exciting news about related events... stay tuned.

333 is a Record Store Day exclusive. This means only independent record stores that participate in RSD will be stocking it. Call or visit your local record store(s) today and request that they order Double Dagger "333" from Thrill Jockey immediately to make sure it's in stock on Record Store Day. Then show up early on Saturday, April 20 (most record stores open early that day) to make sure you get your mitts on a copy."

*A message from Hydra Head Records... "Next up on the agenda is the new album in the works from Hydra Head alumni Helms Alee. Saddened as we are by our inability to participate in the release of this album, we're happy to announce the band themselves are shouldering the duty of releasing it. In an effort to raise the necessary funds to make the record happen they've launched a Kickstarter pre-sale campaign with some pretty sweet packages on offer for potential backers. To watch their superbly crafted promo video and score a copy of what is sure to be one of the best albums of the year go HERE to pledge your support for Helms Alee's Sleepwalking Sailors"



*A message from Twin Lakes Records... "We are beyond psyched to announce the latest addition to our catalog. Nashville’s outer blues duo Ttotals create dark, brooding twisters of sound, downing power lines with leagues-deep drums and haunting vocals, scorched-earth guitars, and flashes of sampled electronics... a careening vortex performing a muddy dance stomp along the Mississippi Delta as it flings the blues up to the heavens. The band will be hitting the road on April 19 in support of Spectrums of Light, which sees its official release on April 26, the day Brian (guitars/vocals) and Marty (drums/electronics) arrive in Austin, TX to make their first appearance at the always awesome Austin Psych Fest.

Tour dates:

April 19th - Kansas City, KS, Art Closet
April 20th - Denver, CO, Sidewinder
April 21st - Denver, CO, In-store at Wax Trax Records
April 24th - Albuquerque, NM Gold House
April 25th - Lubbock, TX TBA
April 26 - 28 - Austin Psych Fest
April 29th - New Orleans, LA, TBA
April 30th - Memphis, TN, Murphy's

Spectrums of Light was recorded and mixed by Tate Eskew and mastered by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum). It will be available in both vinyl and digital formats from our website and most online stores on April 26.



*A message from The Black Angels... "Everyone! Our new album, Indigo Meadow, is streaming in full on Pitchfork Advance. The stream features lyrics and images from the winners of the Indigo Meadow Instagram contest. Listen now HERE!"

*[press release] London post-punk outfit Snapped Ankles released their debut single 'True Ecology (shit everywhere)' on Ears Have Eyes this week. To celebrate the release, Snapped Ankles have shared their self-made video for the track.

Snapped Ankles throw together a fusion of searing off kilter post-punk but with a healthy blend of dance floor rhythms, synthesized noise and jagged aesthetics.

Snapped Ankles are a London based band who make way out punk music appearing in weird, shamanistic costumes in their incredible live performances. Their music is a collision of art-punk and noise with raw analogue synthesizers and drum machines augmenting the standard guitars and drums setup. Live dates to be announced soon.

Sic Alps Ready "She's On Top" EP for May

[press release] Sic Alps are back! and they have burst onto the scene in a positively ebullient mood and with new tunes to boot. Following their self-titled full length of last year, She’s On Top is a 12" single, a B-12-booster shot extract straight from the heart of Sic Alps.

This is how the other half lives, laughs and loves. It’s fun and exciting, a picture from the airplane. Sic Alps are like you. They’re your friends — the better, smarter, faster, stronger ones. When they get back from their run, they’re friendly and will show you how the guitar works. Whoops, they picked it up and three songs fell out. Time for a 12" single, and time to show the world the steel-plate resolve and wide, sparkling decks of the good ship Sic Alps. These three guns is all they need and now they’ve maneuvered into the power position.

"She’s On Top" will send you up shaking, laughing so hard you’re crying, and how you come down depends on your chemistry. Shards of pop... we may need pincers. “Carrie Jean” is a noirish creeper, another one about girlish allure. Now, “Biz Bag” blew the door open, jet-blast style, finishing with a bitter kiss ‘n’ giggle. And on this song, a new genre is spawned: power-brisk.

To sum up: all three songs = one solid blast and threaten to start and end parties with their vitality and charms. And you can’t stop playing them, that’s what records are for after all.

Drag City will release She's On Top on 20 May 2013 and it’s all wrapped in a 12" single sleeve inspired by and incorporating a Digger’s photograph.

Geronimo! Release "Buzz Yr Girlfriend Vol. 3 - The Metal David Byrne"

A message from Geronimo!...

"Tomorrow marks the 5 year anniversary of our first show (as well as the release of our newest tape). In these past 5 years we've done these things:

- Played 164 shows in 51 cities in 25 states
- Released 6 recordings comprising 44 songs
- Spent approximately $500 at Taco Bell as a band
- Consumed approximately 1000 beers from drink tickets
- Rescued 1 kitten from the side of the road
- Enduring 1 stolen van
- Recorded half an experimental album that nobody knows about
- Broken 5 guitar amps (only 2 of which belonged to us)
- Left high-hat stands, thrones, and cymbals across the US

But most importantly, we've met a lot of really wonderful people. Thank you so much for all the years of support and love. We are continually humbled by your kindness."

Exploding In Sound Records is thrilled to be working with our favorite Chicago trio as we've been pretty obsessed since their debut record first reached our ears all those years ago. So, without further ado, we present you with Buzz Yr Girlfriend Vol. 3 - The Metal David Byrne, the latest in their cassette EP series. A must listen. A must own. Tapes are available for $5 (includes shipping) HERE or as a "pay-what-you-want" download as well. We think you should give them some money. Recording amazing EPs isn't free, and we love Geronimo!.

Check out the album and their tour dates below. Tell your friends about the album and the tour dates. Your friends will be glad. The tapes are even cheaper if you buy one from the band in person! Lastly, don't forget to check out their latest full length record, last year's fantastic Exanimate HERE.



Tour Dates:

4/04/l3 - Otto's Nightclub - Dekalb, IL - Bloodsport the Movie the Band, Meat Wave, Evasive Backflip
4/05/l3 - Pat's in the Flat's - Cleveland, OH - Daylight is the Dream, Track Morgan Freeman
4/06/l3 - Tree Bar - Columbus, OH - Speed Governor, Big Game
4/07/l3 - The Shit Brick - Pittsburgh, PA - Bryan McPherson, Partly Sunny, Ex-Plants, Black Jesus
4/09/l3 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA - Brown Rainbow, Snoozer
4/l0/l3 - Fort Flesh - New Haven, CT - Ovlov, Pachangacha, Flat Swamp, Pools Are Nice
4/ll/l3 - O'Brien's - Boston, MA - Ovlov, Kal Marks, Idiot Genes
4/l2/l3 - Big Snow Buffalo Lodge - Brooklyn, NY - Ovlov, Low Fat Getting High, Advaeta, The Hot Flood
4/l3/l3 - Spiral Scratch Records - Buffalo, NY - Teenanger, White Whale, Space Wolves, Mallwalker
4/24/l3 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL - Speedy Ortiz
5/l8/l3 - Saki Records - Chicago, IL
5/l8/l3 - Quencher's - Chicago, IL - Meat Wave, Hospital Garden, Destroy This Place

Dad Rocks! Offer Free Download, Tour Dates + More

A message from Dad Rocks!...

We've been quite busy with the album recordings, although I've still found time to talk to my kids about tractors, princesses and not getting pets. All very important subjects these days.

We've spent a healthy amount of time in the studio. We've been working on 10 new songs, and they are coming along nicely. We've had the pleasure of working with many incredibly talented musicians on this one, and we're just about done with the recordings. We're recording a whole brass-band for a song next month, and next week we'll be recording a local choir on a couple of songs too. We'll start mixing the album in April/May, and I'm really looking forward to getting it out there.

We're hitting the road soon, and I sure hope that we're not going to hit more birds on the german autobahn. We're still sorry for being responsible for the death of that bird that was flying somewhere between Berlin and Hannover. We've been dedicating the song Take Care to that bird ever since.

Here are the dates:

04.04.13 - DK - Røvovre - Kulturhuset Viften
05.04.13 - DK - Næstved - Vershuset
12.04.13 - DK - Aalborg - Huset
17.04.13 - DK - Odense - Dexter
18.04.13 - DK - København - Huset i Magstræde
19.04.13 - DK - Roskilde - Gimle (solo-concert)
24.04.13 - DE - Hamburg - Molotow (support for The Rumour Said Fire)
25.04.13 - DE - Osnabrück - Kleine Freiheit (support for The Rumour Said Fire)
26.04.13 - DE - Berlin - Ackerstadtpalast
27.04.13 - DE - Münster - Hans Dampf Festival
28.04.13 - DE - München - Milla
29.04.13 - CH - Winterthur - Portier
30.04.13 - CH - Zürich - Henrici Bar
03.05.13 - DK - Aarhus - SPOT Festival

We're celebrating the spring with a little deal at our Bandcamp. At the moment you can download our debut-album 'Mount Modern' for whatever sum of money you want to pay. We'd also like to take the chance to thank all of you who've been so kind to buy our album, one way or another. Your support means a lot to us. Remember that you can share the album with friends legally, as the whole album is licensed under Creative Commons, which enables everyone to share and remix.

Thanks so much for your attention. We hope to play for you in the near future!"

T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) Announces Solo Debut

[press release] T. Hardy Morris is set to release his debut solo album, Audition Tapes this summer on Dangerbird Records.

Morris is best known for his work with Dead Confederate, a band that he co-founded and has recorded and toured with since 2006. More recently, Morris formed Diamond Rugs, the raggedly righteous gang of rockers that also includes members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips and Los Lobos.

Audition Tapes finds Morris abundantly inspired, oftentimes invoking the grand spirits of Elliot Smtih, Alex Chilton or fellow Georgian Vic Chesnutt. Listeners are treated to intimate, fragile performances, so informal that we are invited to hear creaks and count-offs, finger taps on guitar strings and other warm and extraneous studio noise.

You can catch Hardy at The Twilight Americana Festival in Athens on April 25th with Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers), and again at Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta on May 5th. Tickets for both events are on sale now.

Follow T. Hardy Morris on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

In related news...

The third full-length from Dead Confederate, In The Marrow, will be making it's long-anticipated appearance on April 16, 2013 via Spiderbomb Records/Redeye. Check them out at The Earl in Atlanta on April 19th or at 40 Watt in Athens on Record Store Day, April 20th.

Stream "Vacations" on MTV Hive HERE and pre-order In The Marrow today HERE.

Bunny's A Swine Release New Single + More

A message from Bunny's A Swine...

"Welcome to the world TR-06-AA, a digital 7" which features two brand new songs! You can download it for free (though we will take your money should you want to give it to us). Listen, stream and download HERE [or below]. You can also check out the nice things that the folks at Allston Pudding had to say about it HERE.

The A-side, TV, is for you sentimental types. The B-side, Greetings From the Bottom, is our collective feelings on the slops state of the music industry. Do with them what you will, but we recommend downloading them to your devices and then playing them. Loud.

These traxx are a sneak peak of what's to come on our new album -- out in June on TinyRadars (of course).

There's a lot of cool stuff coming up in the next few months. June marks our 5th year as a band and we've got some big plans for this next record. More on that soon.

If you have great ideas about places we should play, album titles we should use, or people we should meet, hit us up at bunnysaswine@gmail.com. We love talking!"

Upcoming Shows:

03.29.13 | The Dreamaway Lodge (Beckett, MA) *** with Emperor X
05.02.13 | The Sierra Grille (Northampton, MA) *** with Merchant Bankers (record release!) & Bring It To Bear
05.24.13 | Flywheel (Easthampton, MA) *** with Broken Water (Olympia, WA)
06.08.13 | Thing in the Spring: RECORD RELEASE!!!! (Peterborough, NH) *** with Banditas

The Coathangers Debut "Merry Go Round" Music Video

[press release] Atlanta’s reigning garage rock daughters, The Coathangers, are set to take their devil-may-care attitude and rowdy house-show vibe over to Europe for a tour with ...Trail of Dead.

The Coathangers released a split 7” with labelmates Nü Sensae as the third installment in their series of split 7”s on Suicide Squeeze. Today, The Coathangers share the video for the song "Merry Go Round," on which the quartet swap instruments and knock out their most solid and catchy number to date. Watch the video below & listen to “Derek’s Song,” on Soundcloud HERE.

THE COATHANGERS TOUR DATES:

3/27: Vera Groningen, Holland $
3/30: Leipzig Germany, Conne Island $
4/1: Düsseldorf Germany, Zakk $
4/2: Bielefeld Germany, Forum $
4/4: Sankt Hanshaugen Norway, John Dee $
4/6: Umea Sweden, Umea Open (Applet stage)
4/7: Stockholm Sweden, Debaser $
4/9: Berlin Germany, Astra $
4/10: Warsaw Poland, Proxima $
4/11: Wroclaw Poland, Firlej $
4/12: Munich Germany, Theaterfabrik $
4/13: Vienna Austria, WUK $
4/15: Wil Switzerland, Gare de Lion$
4/16: Zurich Switzerland, Mascotte $
4/17: Paris France, La Maroquinerie $
4/19: Manchester UK, Academy 2/3 $
4/20: Glasgow UK, SW3 $
4/21: Wolverhampton UK, Slade Rooms $
4/22: Cardiff UK, The Great Hall 2 $
4/23: Bristol UK, Academy $
4/24: Nottingham UK, Rescue Rooms $
4/25: London UK, Islington Academy $
4/26: Brighton, UK Green Door Store !

$ = w/ And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
! = w/ The Growlers

Bleached Debut "Dead in Your Head" + More

[press release] Bleached share second single "Dead In Your Head" from their much anticipated full length album debut, Ride Your Heart. In the new song, the duo sing about loosing a lover, but despite the dark topic maintain a poppy effervescent sound. The track is fun, light-hearted and will make you dance, but never looses that classic rock and roll edge.

On the heels of three well-received singles comes Ride Your Heart, the bombastic debut album out April 2 via Dead Oceans. LA sisters, Jennifer and Jessie Clavin match their ability to blend a mix of freewheeling '77 punk with vintage sunny Southern California melodic rock and roll; creating blindingly bright hooks and dark heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and the crazy fun moments in between. That's the goal: the sugary and sour, re-purposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters.

TOUR DATES:

4/12/13 @ Red 7 - Austin, TX !
4/13/13 @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX !
4/14/13 @ Circle Bar - New Orleans, LA !
4/15/13 @ The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL !
4/16/13 @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA !
4/17/13 @ The Pinhook - Durham, NC !
4/18/13 @ DC9 - Washington DC !
4/19/13 @ Kenyon College - Gambier OH !
4/20/13 @ Haverford College - Philadelphia, PA !
4/20/13 @ The Fire - Philadelphia, PA !
4/21/13 @ TT & the Bear's - Cambridge, MA !
4/23/13 @ Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY !
4/24/13 @ Il Motore - Montreal, QC !
4/25/13 @ The Silver Dollar - Toronto, CA !
4/26/13 @ Metro Times Festival - Detroit, MI
4/27/13 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL #
4/28/13 @ Turf Club - St, Paul, MN ^
4/30/13 @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209 - Missoula, MT ^
5/01/13 @ Chop Suey - Seattle, WA ^
5/02/13 @ Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, BC ^
5/03/13 @ Star Theatre - Portland, OR ^
5/04/13 @ Blank Club - San Jose, CA ^
5/07/13 @ Casbah - San Diego, CA ^
5/05/13 @ Independent - San Francisco, CA ^
5/08/13 @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA ^
5/17/13 @ Area 51 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
5/18/13 @ Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, Netherlands
5/20/13 @ Brudenell Social Club - Leeds,UK
5/21/13 @ Art School - Glasgow, UK
5/22/13 @ Corsica Studios - London, UK
5/23/13 @ Fleche D'Or - Paris, FR
5/25/13 @ Magasin 4 - Belgium, Brussels
5/26/13 @ Molotow - Hamburg, Germany
5/28/13 @ Debaser Slussen - Stockholm, Sweden
5/29/13 @ Pustervisksbaren - Gothenburg, Sweden
5/30/13 @ Landmark - Bergen, Norway
5/31/13 @ Revolver - Oslo, Norway
6/01/13 @ Stengade 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark
6/02/13 @ Festaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany

! w/ Hunters
# w/ Hunters & Ex-cops
^ w/ Ex-cops

Wire Release "Change Becomes Us" + Stream Available

[press release] Wire's new album Change Becomes Us, out this week on PinkFlag, is streaming in its entirety at Pitchfork Advance HERE. The album is available for purchase (including special limited edition bundles) at the PinkFlag web store. Rolling Stone recently caught up with Colin Newman and said "[Change Becomes Us] Like everything else in their varied discography, it's lyrically challenging, melodically and rhythmically accessible and texturally contemporary. For the first time since the Seventies, though, this one feels like a genuine band album, as if Wire's previous stops and starts never happened." The band has just announced a U.S. summer tour in support of the album, which will include a performance the Pitchfork Music Festival. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

In spring 2012, Wire's plan had been to convene at Rockfield Studios in Wales to review the rudimentary blueprints of songs that had never made it beyond a few live performances in 1979 and 1980 - a time when the band-members were in creative overdrive yet the band itself was disintegrating. The aim wasn't simply to resuscitate and record old songs; in fact, many of them hadn't become proper songs in the first place, existing only as basic ideas or undeveloped parts. Rather, the objective was to approach that unrealized work as an oblique strategy, a potential springboard for Wire's contemporary, forward-looking processes - a possible point of departure for new compositions.

This took place with Wire firing on all cylinders, as a four-piece studio entity again, the core line-up of Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey now enhanced by guitarist Matthew Simms. Simms had played a key role in helping the band to cultivate and shape its new sonic landscape throughout the preceding year's live work. Out of the exploratory Rockfield session and subsequent, extensive development and production at Newman's Swim Studio, the ostensible source material became, in the classic Wire tradition, something quite other than what it may have once been - or what it might have become if it had been pursued in 1980.

"Love Bends" is a case in point. Its roots lie in "Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)" - the raucous, octave-hopping number performed in February 1980 at the Electric Ballroom in Camden and preserved on Document and Eyewitness. But it's now morphed, improbably, into an irresistible, totally modern pop song. "It had to be turned into something else," explains Lewis, "because it only really had one bit." Just as improbably, the gently lilting "Re-invent Your Second Wheel" is tangentially connected to the notorious "Zegk Hoqp," which was more of a one-time happening than a song at the Camden gig: mostly shouting and banging, executed by a stage- full of Wire cronies in funny hats. "It was written for performance, around people with newspaper headdresses; not with music in mind," Lewis emphasizes.

Newman's songwriting and production on Change Becomes Us reimagines the past in ways that ultimately break any substantive connection with it, making entirely new pieces - and these songs themselves enact Wire's restless drive to become other, often thriving on a fundamental tension between opposing sonic characteristics. With its stop-start, soft-hard, quiet-loud structure, "Adore Your Island" veers between what Newman describes as "prog and unhinged punk rock," never quite resolving itself; the drama of "Attractive Space" hinges on a progressive splitting of the song's personality, between its calm, expansive, anthemic orientation and an increasing sense of intensity and claustrophobia.

Change Becomes Us encapsulates the paradoxical essence of Wire's creativity. The tendency of these new songs to refuse a single, settled identity is emblematic of the band's ever-evolving aesthetic - one that's always hinged on sustained tensions and oppositions: between the familiar and the unfamiliar, the comfortable and the unsettling, the melodic and the brutal, the cerebral and the visceral, the smart and the moronic, the obvious and the inscrutable, the rational and the absurd. This intrinsic, core ambivalence generates the essential otherness that has characterized Wire's most memorable, distinctive work - from the epochal innovations of Chairs Missing and 154 to the electronic-pop deconstructions of A Bell Is A Cup to Send's postmodern-punk expressionism and the widescreen lyricism of Red Barked Tree. Change Becomes Us is an undeniable part of that illustrious lineage. Definitely more than just a good idea at the time. - Wilson Neate (Author of Read & Burn: A Book About Wire)

Wire Tour Dates:

07.09 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art
07.12 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
07.13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
07.14 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
07.16 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
07.19 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

White Lung Extend Tour Dates

[press release] After knocking out this year’s SXSW as one of the most talked about and must see acts, Vancouver’s furiously melodic punk band, White Lung, will perform at Pitchfork and NXNE Festivals this summer. White Lung are currently out on an extensive spring tour which includes dates with METZ, Iceage, Pissed Jeans and Merchandise. Sorry (Deranged Records), their second LP, was released last year and pushed the band to a wider audience receiving critical acclaim from SPIN, Pitchfork, Bitch and gained Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Albums Of The Year” for 2012. Listen to Sorry HERE.

ON TOUR NOW:

3/29: Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club – Calgary, AB
3/30: Rock Against Easter – Edmonton, AB
4/1: Negative Space – Winnipeg, MB
4/2: Slowdown – Omaha, NE
4/3: Mission Creek Fest, Iowa City, IA
4/4: Middle Of The Map Fest - Kansas City, MO %
4/5: Bryant St. Tavern – Dallas, TX
4/6: Beerland – Austin, TX
4/7: Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
4/8: Siberia – New Orleans, LA #
4/9: The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL #
4/10: 529 Bar – Atlanta, GA
4/12: Black Cat – Washington, DC ^
4/13: Culture Shock Fest – SUNY: Purchase, NY @
4/16: Monkey House – Burlington, VT %
4/17: TT The Bears – Boston, MA %
4/18: Lilly’s Pad – New Haven, CT %
4/19: First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA %
4/20: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY %
4/21: Il Motore – Montreal, QC
4/22: Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
4/23: Magick Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI
4/24: Kobo – Columbus, OH
4/25: Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/27: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ @
4/28: Casbah – San Diego, CA @
4/29: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA @
4/30: Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA @
5/2: Holocene – Portland, OR @
5/3: Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC @
6/14-6/15: NXNE - Toronto, ON
7/20: Pitchfork Festival - Chicago, IL

# - w/ Merchandise
^ - w/ Pissed Jeans
% - w/ Iceage
@ - w/ METZ

Kylesa Debut "Quicksand" + Tour Dates

[press release] Kylesa kick off their first North American tour in support of Ultraviolet (May 28, Season of Mist) on May 10 in Gainesville, Fla. at the High Dive.

“It’s been a while since we’ve done a headlining tour in the US or Canada,” explained singer/guitar player Laura Pleasants, referring to the near two-year gap since the Savannah band’s last run. “We are looking forward to doing a proper tour supporting Ultraviolet. It will be good to see friends and fans (old and new) and hit these once familiar landscapes again.“

Spin premiered “Quicksand,” a new song from the 11-track album HERE, earlier this week describing the song “joins the melodies of ‘90s shoegaze with the churn of modern sludge.” Ultraviolet pre-orders are available now via Season of Mist’s e-shop HERE.

Tour dates:

April 19 Savannah, GA The Dollhouse (Free show)
May 10 Gainesville, FL High Dive
May 11 Orlando, FL Backbooth
May 12 Miami, FL Churchhill’s
May 13 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
May 15 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
May 16 Houston, TX Walters
May 17 Dallas, TX Trees
May 18 Austin, TX Mohawk
May 20 Albuquerque, NM Blackwater
May 21 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
May 22 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
May 24 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
May 25 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 27 Portland, OR Star Theater
May 28 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
May 29 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
May 31 Calgary, AB Dickens
June 1 Regina, SK The Exchange
June 2 Winnipeg, MB The Pyramid
June 3 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
June 4 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s Oasis
June 5 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
June 6 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
June 7 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
June 8 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
June 9 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies
June 11 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
June 12 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
June 13 Montreal, QC Il Motore
June 14 Brooklyn NY Northside Fest (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 15 Albany, NY Bogie’s
June 16 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
June 18 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
June 19 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
June 20 Asheville, NC Asheville Music Hall
June 21 Atlanta, GA The Earl
June 22 Savannah, GA The Jinx

Opening for Kylesa will be Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf. “I think the package will deliver the goods as well; a little mix in the stew for everyone who digs our sound,” commented Pleasants. Tickets are available next week.

Floor to Release Brand New Record + Tour Dates!

[press release] Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the widely-respected underground rock band FLOOR. FLOOR (Steve Brooks - Guitar, Vocals, Anthony Vialon - Bass, Henry Wilson - drums) recently reunited on the heels of their career retrospective 'Below and Beyond' boxset, and are preparing to enter the studio to record a new full-length album.

FLOOR was originally formed by Brooks and Vialon in 1992, and issued singles on respected underground punks labels like No Idea, Bovine, Rhetoric and more. The band released their wildly influential self-titled full-length album in 2002, before splitting. Brooks went on to form another critically-acclaimed band: TORCHE, while Wilson formed DOVE.

Additionally, the reactivated band will hit the road for short run of dates before they enter the studio. The run will begin on May 27th in Charlotte, NC and conclude on April 10th in Birmingham, AL. Support on all dates comes from Joe Preston's THRONES. A full list of dates can be found below.

Updated FLOOR news and tour information will be available at the Season of Mist website and the FLOOR Facebook page.

FLOOR tour dates:

Mar 27 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Mar 28 Washington DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 29 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
Mar 30 Providence, RI - AS220
Mar 31 Allston, MA - Great Scott
Apr 1 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
Apr 3 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
Apr 4 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Apr 5 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
Apr 6 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
Apr 7 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Apr 8 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
Apr 10 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe

Odonis Odonis Debut "Intelligence" + Tour Dates

[press release] Toronto-based industrial surfgaze trio Odonis Odonis share the second single from their upcoming Better EP, out April 16 on Buzz Records. The track is entitled "Intelligence," and can be heard over at Stereogum [or below]. Stream the band's cryptic EP teaser video HERE.

The band will be hitting the road in Spring providing main support for METZ, as well as playing this year's Austin Psych Fest (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers). Full tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

03/30 Hamilton, ON - Homegrown Hamilton
04/03 Toronto, ON - Drake Underground (Rituals EP release party)
04/04 Guelph, ON - Kazoo! Fest
04/11 Burlington, VT - Monkey House *
04/12 New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine *
04/13 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #
04/15 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04/16 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium *
04/17 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04/18 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
04/19 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
04/20 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
04/22 Atlanta, GA - 529 *
04/23 Birmingham, AB - Bottletree *
04/24 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
04/25 Austin, TX, - Austin Psych Fest @ Mohawk's ~ *

* w/ METZ
~ w/ A Place to Bury Strangers
# w/ Skaters

SXSW 2013 HIGHLIGHTS: The Numerators, Eagulls, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Bloody Knives + More


The Numerators are from Brooklyn, Texas as they like to say. A band who originated in Texas, now live in Brooklyn, and have a sound that isn't particularly native to either. The trio play a scuzzy garage rock filled with noise and nuance. The vocals are generally buried under the chaotic guitar noise and solid rhythms but still find a way to draw out each song's melody. The PA's reverb was shot from a week of SXSW mayhem, and the vocals remained clean, allowing for more clarity which I actually really enjoyed.



Athens, Greece's Acid Baby Jesus play some of the most convincing space rock tinged psychedelic music I witnessed all week.  The quintet's paisley vibe and swirling mix of organ and guitars were delightfully tripped out. Unfortunately there were problems with the organ's amp, and the band became strictly guitars, bass, and drums for the last few songs after a great start.  Their music is subdued while busy, the perfect juxtaposition for getting spaced out and soaring the cosmos.



After seeing Eagulls for my first time during our very own show Friday at The Grackle, I knew I had to see them again. The Leeds quintet play post-punk with ferocious precision in the vein of Iceage or Holograms, only catchier. Their sets were truly mesmerizing, a visceral display of punk aggression and visceral energetic clamor of jagged guitar work. Vocalist George Mitchell has a terrific stage presence, barking out anthemic vocals while constantly moving and twitching without overexerting himself. I was thrilled to hear "Coffin," the lead track from their EP, and one of my absolute favorite songs of the year, hands down.







Brooklyn punk quartet Hunters appeared to be pretty tired from a very busy week for themselves, but as soon as they began playing there wasn't the slightest sight of sleepiness. Their sludgy industrialized post-punk sound is always radiant live, brought to life with riveting energy and good punk charm.





I first heard When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth randomly in 2008 when I purchased their CD Not Noiice for $1 at a used CD store because I thought the cover was cool. Turns out the music was pretty damn great too. Loud as all hell noise rock that blasts through corrosive riff after riff. Five years later and I finally got to catch them live and it was all I hoped it up. Abrasive, loud, and down right impressive, I was thrilled to see the Austin quartet in their hometown.






Our pals Bloody Knives have shifted personnel since we last saw them and the now quartet are sending better than ever before. The Austin shoegazers are at once noisier and calmer, more refined and more textured. The tempos have slowed, adding a dreamy haze to their usual pummel. The band's industrial edges blur together with Jesu's dreamier work and the whole thing pretty much destroys.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SXSW 2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Mikal Cronin, The Polyphonic Spree, Parquet Courts, The Black Lips, Protomartyr


Saturday started off with another free show at Waterloo Records, this time for the always fantastic Mikal Cronin. Joined by a new band (aside from Cronin/Segall drummer Emily Epstein) the now five piece group added synth and female vocal harmonies to their mix and the change offered a full sound, though Cronin still does all the heavy lifting. As a songwriter, few can match Cronin's sense for glistening pop hooks tucked under psychedelic flourishes and a jangly garage rock soul. While the band are getting ready for their sophomore release (and first for Merge) this summer, they played primarily from the debut including hits, "Situation," "Gone," "Apathy," and "Is It Alright". The early morning rise and shine with Cronin and co. is easy on the ears and wonderful for the mind.



I've been a fan of Tripping Daisy since I was back in elementary school, and yet I never got the chance to see them live before their untimely demise. Determined to catch Tim DeLaughter is some capacity, I decided to check out The Polyphonic Spree at 1100 Warehouse for The Big One party. Arriving early to the massive warehouse space I had sadly just missed Junius, and if that wasn't unfortunate enough, it meant I was just in time to catch two bands/artists I had absolutely no interest in seeing. This gave me plenty of time to sit down and rest my feet though, a rare occasion during SXSW and much welcomed by this point in the week.

When The Polyphonic Spree began, it was every bit as epic as I had hoped for. While the entire 23 piece band was not in attendance but there were atleast sixteen or seventeen of them on stage thanks to the six choir members and the massive section of instrumentalists. Their syrupy joyful psych pop was soaked in happiness, matched by the bands matching vibrant tunics and ear to ear smiles. The whole thing was far more cultish than I would have ever imagined, but the vibe worked wonders with their music as the audience chanted along with every word. The band played through hits, songs from their upcoming album, and closed with a glorious cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" that had the entire audience jumping and moshing along with DeLaughter and co. The Spree's keyboard player took the opportunity to stage dive from the speaker and the audience passed him around as the happiness in the room rose to near sickening heights. There is something very strange about witnessing such positivity in a rock show, but the set was absolutely exceptional and DeLaughter is as engaging and bizarre a frontman as I'd always hoped he'd be.



Every time I see Brooklyn's Parquet Courts the size of the audience has doubled. I saw them in small DIY venue last summer, then a larger spot in the Fall, and by the winter of this year they had sold out Death By Audio and moved on to sold out shows with The Men at Bowery Ballroom. The hype transfered to Austin and it's safe to say Parquet Courts truly have become one of the biggest punk bands in the country, and we can say that the success is well deserved. The band's winding post-punk is addictive. The songs are catchy and energetic, humorous yet chaotic, and doused is sarcastic charm. The band played Viceland's closing party and after waiting in line for over two hours (thanks mostly to the fact that Kendrick Lamar and Bauer were headlining) I got in just in time to see the second half of their set. The band ran through album cuts "Master of my Craft," "Borrowed Time," "Light Up Gold II," before ending with a rather epic drawn out rendition of "Stoned and Starving". The audience wasn't exactly there to see a rock show, but Parquet Courts might have made a few believers that night.



Still at Viceland, still with an audience that was not there for rock, The Black Lips offered a more abrasively loud set and the audience became increasingly polarized. This didn't prevent the Atlanta quartet from doing their thing, grooving with their psych tinged garage rock and anthemic gang vocals and jangly hooks. The band played through hits including their ode to New Orleans, "O Katrina," "Family Tree" which eventually started a pit in the crowd where the diehards had congregated.  The saxophonist left after just one song, leaving the guys to do their thing without the extra layered noise, but the band sounded absolutely fantastic throughout the set.



I had waited all week long to see Protomartyr, one of few bands that were an absolute "must see while in Austin" for me. The Detroit post-punk quartet had been in Brooklyn last summer and I missed them, but determined to make things right. I was able to catch their official showcase at The Hideout, a coffee shop with an improve theatre in the back, complete with stadium seating. It seemed very strange to watch a punk show sitting down, but when I asked the person next to me if people were going to get up when they began she quickly said, "I've seen some heavy bands here, everyone stays sitting." On a normal evening, this may have bothered me, but due to SXSW having beat the living hell out of my feet, I figured a nice relaxing show might not be the worst thing. My expectations were high and no atmosphere issues were going to stand in the way of that.

High expectations can be dangerous, but in the case of Protomartyr there was absolutely no reason for alarm. They were every bit as good as I hoped, and then significantly better. On first appearance the band instantly stand out, as their vocalist looks about twenty years older than the rest of the band, and sort of gives off the vibe the guys found him sitting alone in a bar somewhere. As the band dove into explosive post-punk rumble of tightly wound chords and jagged rhythms, the vocalist showed no signs of emotion or interest in the music, only making things that much better. His vocals ranged from a spoken word croon to a deranged shout as the band unwound their tangled riffs only to rewind ever tighter. Stage banter was kept short and hilarious with comments including, "this song is about creeps," "this one is about getting beaten up in a bar," and the highlight, "this song is about the biggest problem in Detroit, cats. Just kidding, it's crime."

Protomartyr were one of my most anticipated sets of the week and without a doubt one of my absolute favorites. I only wish I had seen them more than once.