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Weekend Show Preview

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetYup, it’s everyone’s favorite time of the week once more: the freakin’ weekend. Time once again to rejoice that regardless of the time of year, you still live in a rad city that has a plethora of options for ways to spend your free evenings. So before you totally check out for the eminent feasting that awaits you in Turkey Day, figure out what shows you’ll be checking out this weekend. Lot’s of local options, so get your butt out there and support your city and the bands that make it one of the raddest ones around!

 

Friday (11.21): 

Alvvays, Absolutely Free, Alex Napping @ Red 7 // Doors: 9pm

Modern Medicine, Young Mammals, Ruby Fray @ The Mohawk // Doors: 9pm

Saturday (11.22):

Xetas, Fea, Prince, New China @ Beerland // Doors: 9pm

Major Major Major @ Holy Mountain // Doors: 9pm

Sunday (11.23):

Caribou, Jessy Lanza @ The Mohawk // Doors: 6:30pm

The Halfways, Corey Cross @ Hole in the Wall // Doors: 9pm

 

 

 

 

 

Nerd Pop from Quarterbacks

qbsThis song’s been all over the Internet the last few days, so why not let your week get wrapped up with this undeniably catchy little bit of pop from Quarterbacks.  At first listen, the vocals imply that the track prescribes to modern jangle-pop touches, but the guitars aren’t quite that clean and angular, allowing for the band to create their own little musical space.  Honestly, the tune reminds me of the music I listened to during my early college years when I was a young uber twee fan, though the band still has tricks up their sleeve with the slow drawn closing. Look for their debut LP on February 10th via Team Love Records.

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Download: Quarterbacks – Center [MP3]

New Split from Joyce Manor and Toys That Kill

borsSome bands just get a bad rap, and you know what, shame on me.  I always lumped Joyce Manor, and Toys That Kill for that matter, in that late-wave emo punk genre.  I was a second wave emo kid, so I really just discarded it by and large, but I just got in their new split for Recess Records, and these are just some really good rocking tunes.  Honestly, I don’t even know if I’d got so far as to call them punk rock; the TTK tune almost sounds like a bar band approach to the garage stylings of Jay Reatard.  Enough about me and my half-ass assumptions; stream these two jams.

Touch of the Gaze from The Black Ryder

blackieThere are a ton of artists that have been able to rehash the shoegaze efforts, and some have done it quite well, though my ear thinks that this tune from The Black Ryder is precisely what I think of when I recall the genre.  Guitars craft this huge wall of sound that wraps itself tightly around the dense haze of Aimee Nash’s vocals.  That wall of noise echoes and rings while a deep drum beat pounds in the far off world the band created.  Look for them to release their new effort, The Door Behind the Door, on The Anti Machine Machine on February 24th.

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Download: The Black Ryder – Santaria [MP3]

The Delphines Now Named No/No + New EP

dragEarlier this year I wrote about a discovery that really excited me, the Delphines.  Sadly, that group is no more; they had some line-up changes, namely in the vocal/lyricist department. Now the group, with new member Cat Ries are going by No/No, but the music they’re crafting is every bit as exciting as the old act, if not more so.  You’ll still hear indiepop tropes, though it seems to be spun in a darker manner, which adds another layer that should quickly gain the group a nice following. Help the band out by donating some funds when you grab the Drag EP from them on HERE.

A Place To Bury Strangers Announce New Album

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Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers are back with the announcement of their newest addition to their extensive collection of work, Transfixiation. Apparently, this new album is supposed to be a step in a new direction for the band, as they recorded it with the mentality of keeping things pure and not too over-processed. This album is slated to come out February 17th of next year via Dead Oceans, but they’ve given us a taste of what to expect with single “Straight” that’s below. If you listen, you’ll still find the dark gutter rock that this band has mastered, but the squall of the guitars and the ferocious drum beat gives it a garage-y, lo fi vibe. If this is the precedent for what’s to come with this new album, I’m ready to see just what they have in store for us.

Colleen Green Returns with New Album

clogreenA few years, Colleen Green was a hot commodity; she created quite a buzz rocking things out at SXSW as I remember.  Since then, things have been quiet for her, though I have a feeling that will change, as her new single is already being played left and right.  It’s definitely got that same playfulness that made her so endearing, playing to some distorted guitars that pulse and throb throughout the track.  You know that her new album, I Want to Grow Up, will be filled with infectious singles just like the one below; it comes out on February 24th via Hardly Art.

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Download: Colleen Green – Pay Attention [MP3]

Two Show Preview: Gotobeds and Alvvays on Friday Night (11.21)

alThe weather’s been cold, and it’s not likely to get any better on Friday, but you’ll find some solace knowing there are two different shows indoors worth attending.  Those of you in the need for rock n’ roll, make your way over to Beerland for the Gotobeds.  They come into town having released the excellent Poor People Are Revolting, which you should have gotten. They’ll be joined by Mystic Inane and local heavyweights Empty Markets.  But, some of you look for a little bit of pop in your life, and you’ll be lucky to know that Alvvays and Absolutely Free bringing some joyous sounds to Red 7; it’s a $12 and indoors as well, so you can keep warm while you enjoy your tunes.  Just be sure to enjoy yourself, wherever you find your fun.

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