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Written by Patrick McNamara
There are many good shows in LA this week. But there are only 5 shows that are worth your time, patience, money and energy. If a show you’re interested in is NOT on this list below it stinks!
JK I luv u, bb bae bae boo boo. And, like, what does “subjective” even mean, man?
This Brooklyn band has been slinging the hits since 2001. Pick one of two venues (or both if you’re a hardcore TVOTR head) and go see them this week. They’ll most certainly play songs off their upcoming album - their first in 3 years. But be sure to stick around for the deep catalog cuts, too. TV on the Radio: 13 years of staring at the sun.
Speaking of Brooklyn and bands that are good, Big Ups and LVL UP play a couple shows together and I appreciate that for more than just name symmetry. Big Ups play aggressively fun “smart” shreds for punker rockers and those who love them. LVL UP will lo-fi up your fuzzy heart and fix that murmur of discontent STAT. Two bands for one = a good deal.
Consider heading over to UCLA (pronounced: YOU-CLAE) tonight if you like Andy Warhol and mostly famous people playing songs from the super famous soup man’s unreleased films. Mostly famous people participating = Tom Verlaine of Television + Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 + Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces + Bradford Cox of Deerhunter. Also. Wanna watch an Andy Warhol documentary now? You do? Great! Here ya go!
Perhaps the emo-ist band of the emo ‘90s have reunited, don’t you know. I already saw Mineral on this "Hello Again - Let's Cry Some More Tour" and they sounded better than when they were around the first time. I love when that happens. Don’t forget to bring your tear stained diary from 1997 to get signed. Also. You can sing along to the choruses, of course, but let Chris Simpson handle the verses, will ya? He’s better at it. Cool. Thanks. The following is the best Mineral song that they didn't play when I saw them. :(
HEY BU-DDY. This one had me at “Hosted by Pauly Shore.” And if The Encino Weasel Man approves of something/anything, who am I to say otherwise? There are a lot of good bands playing this thing, actually. Would you like to know some of their names? Great! Try The Drums + Joyce Manor + Cherry Glazerr + Foxgyen + Com Truise + Bleached + DIIV on for size. And I totally didn’t just list them all. That’s so Totally Pauly! I always believed The Weasel, even after the Hollywood missteps of “Son in Law” + “In the Army Now” + “Jury Duty” + “Bio-Dome.” Good to have you back, BU-DDY.
Written by Patrick McNamara
No Devotion is a new band fronted by Geoff Rickly (Thursday + United Nations) and the remaining members of Welsh band Lostprophets (Lee Gaze + Luke Johnson + Mike Lewis + Stuart Richardson + Jamie Oliver - no, not that Jamie Oliver). You can look up what happened to Lostprophets and why they are not a band anymore. I don’t want to tell you.
"So what kind of goodness are we looking at here, Whoa My Blobness?" Well, I'm so glad you asked that because I have a ready reply. Imagine if Thursday sounded like The Cure and called themselves No Devotion. That’s not a bad daydream, right? Not a terrible thing to contemplate as you’re sitting and staring out your window, yeah? Sure. Thursday meets The Cure is not a perfect comparison because I spent approximately 5 seconds pondering it. But it’s something to pass the time, anyway. And it's a way better comparison than Thursday meets United Nations because this is totally not that.
The band will be making their live US debut in a few weeks in conjunction with the release of their debut EP (October 27th - 2014 A.D.) on Rickly’s label, Collect Records. You can also get the single “Stay” right now if you want. It's already out. But maybe you want to listen to it first? OK. Here you go. Be careful though. It's a pretty big time jam.
SELECT SHOWS ADDED TO THE SITE THIS WEEK
10/19 Spoon, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Plague Vendor, Rainbow Jackson @ Los Globos
11/04 Thee Oh Sees @ Permanent Records
11/08 J:Kenzo, Thelem, Sleeper, ESHONE @ Jewels Catch One
11/08 La Hell Gang @ Permanent Records
11/10 TOPS @ Acerogami
11/10 Wartime Recitals, Prism Tats, Hi Ho Silver Oh, Dark Furs @ The Echo
11/11 Shakey Graves, Rayland Baxter, Esme Patterson @ El Rey Theatre
11/13 MSTRKRFT @ The Observatory
11/15 Scotch Apostles @ Permanent Records
11/15 Busdriver @ The Echo
11/17 Wartime Recitals, Forebear, Decorator, Archer Black @ The Echo
11/18 Nick Hakim @ The Lyric Theatre
11/21 Jon Brion @ Largo
11/22 TTNG, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mylets @ The Echo
11/24 Wartime Recitals, Jag Sun, End of Summer, Figs Vision @ The Echo
11/24 Minus the Bear @ Troubadour
11/26 tba @ Secret Location
12/01 Ben Watt, Itasca @ Troubadour
12/05 Seahaven @ The Glass House
12/06 Sebastien Tellier @ The Roxy
12/08 Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existence, Witchhaven @ The Echo
12/08 Madi Diaz @ Troubadour
12/09 James Blake, Airhead @ The Roxy
12/11 Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis @ Fox Theater Pomona
12/12 Jail Weddings, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ The Echo
12/13 Jacques Greene @ Los Globos
12/19 Jon Brion @ Largo
12/19 Fishbone, Mike Dillon @ Troubadour
12/20 Toh Kay (of Streetlight Manifesto) @ The Art Theatre of Long Beach
12/27 The Aggrolites @ The Echo
01/14 The Wood Brothers @ El Rey Theatre
01/28 The Vaselines @ The Roxy
01/31 Mayhem, Watain @ The Fonda Theatre
02/19 Billy Idol, Broncho @ The Wiltern
02/20 Cursive @ The Echo
02/20 Wild Child @ The Roxy
02/21 Cursive @ The Glass House
02/26 Caribou @ The Fonda Theatre
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Written by Patrick McNamara
So I hear you like going to see good bands at CMJ 2014? Well, if the rumors circulating in the scene about you are true, then you’re in for a real dynamically digital treat. The following are 14 bands you should see at CMJ 2014. I picked 14 because the year is 2014 A.D. Isn’t that cute? I thought so. I’m probably the first person to have ever been so cute like that on the World Wide Intra-Sphere.
Two important disclaimers. #1 I did not include any of the 5 bands (PINS! SEPTEMBER GIRLS! MANNEQUIN PUSSY! VASUDEVA! AMANDA X!) playing the Rockness CMJ show because I’m going to talk about why they are way better than any of these 14 bands (jk! i luv u!) in a separate dynamic digital article. #2 These bands are listed in no particular order - except that those bands listed first are better than those bands listed last - jk! again! - they were listed in stream of consciousness “On the Road” one scroll style - I love Foxes in Fiction just as much as Girlpool - 4 we R all 1 in the eyes of this music blob.
Let’s get the goodness started.
#1 Girlpool (but remember - not really #1 - because we're all #1)
Vocalist/bassist Harmony Tividad + vocalist/guitarist player Cleo Tucker = Girlpool. No. They don’t have a drummer. It’s just the two of them and they met at The Smell. The two play singer/songwriter punk. Now, if you’re going to pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say singer/songwriter punk, that’s fine. It’s your journey. You do you. But that’s what this is. The songs are catchy and simple (not to be confused with simplistic) and honest. Many of these jams seem wrapped in some pain. I get that. We’re all just trying to deal out here. Just trying to make it.
Detroit’s Protomartyr are a band of four (Alex! Greg! Joe! Scott!) that make bleak, punked out garage for thinking men and women and mature children. This is scuzzy. This is melodic. This is scum rising to the top of the pops on the wings of a dirty dove about to get eaten by a great feral cat in the sky.
#3 Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks (formerly known as Fire Walk With Me - ssssssike!) are four dudes (Cadien! Clay! Connor! Jack! And why you gotta screw up the C name symmetry, Jack!?) from Chicago (props, my hometown*) that make bluesy grimy glam-y power pop garage rock. They are a muscle car kind of band. The Camaro meets the Barracuda meets the Charger. Maybe Twin Peaks can be compared not just to cars but to other kinds of bands too. Like Big Star meets KISS. Or, maybe they just sound like a damn fine cup of coffee and an incredible slice of cherry pie.
#4 Future Punx
Brooklyn’s Future Punx are a merry band of four (Chris! Jake! Brit! Jason!) who make synth happy post-something fun. You should go see them. Have a good time. And then say thank you very much to the bartender Mr. Roboto as you saunter on out. As for comparisons, think that movie Electric Dreams (whose soundtrack featured this standout ‘80s synth pop jam - god I love that song - please note - Future Punx don’t really sound like Human League - at all) meets Max Headroom meets a sound bath at the Integratron meets the beeping of a calculator watch meets a time machine that YOU invented meets deja vu presently having a daydream about the future life of past memories.
#5 The #1s
Dublin’s The #1s rock the rowdy power pop that jingles and jangles its way straight to your punk rock loving heart. These four dudes (Goucher! Eddie! Cian! Conor!) have the hooks to make the whole world dance - or at least the lucky liquored up patrons of the dank basement club where these jams likely sound the best. If other band comparisons are your thing, please compare The #1s to your favorite 1977 punk band meets your favorite 1978 pop band meets your favorite current 2014 band. Hope that helps!
Brooklyn’s Beverly play distorted pop goodness that swirls towards a breezy kind of musical transcendence. Here’s what you’re going to get when you get into Beverly’s goodness. Smooth harmonies. Sweet melodies. And steady riffs that aren’t afraid to get a little dirty. It’s a bright sound that bends towards the night. Does that make sense? No? Good. Because it’s a cracked-up world. And the test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott said that. And maybe he knew a thing or two.
If you're interested in hearing good hook-heavy swirl gaze - good news! You've come to the right place. You've landed on the right band page, man. Montreal’s Heat are five dudes (Sharma! Sherritt! Perri! Neufeld! Fiorentino!) who make just that. I don't know them personally (I had to research their first names) but judging them by the music they make (always a wise thing to do), Heat seem to be super chill. In that laid back Lou Reed battitude type of way. Heat influences = Gun Club + Jesus and Mary Chain + Velvet Underground (badditude) + Guided by Voices + The Strokes + Sonic Youth + Echo and the Bunnymen + Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Recommended if you like good songs and you're the type that likes going to see good bands.
Philadelphia’s Cayetana make lo-fi pop punk folk emo. I’m serious. That’s exactly what they make. And no, I am NOT just throwing out genres to see what sticks. Just wait. The band’s decidedly DIY-sounding guitars (that’s the lo-fi part) often go that delightful jingle-jangle route (that’s the pop), but every now and then some straight power chords will crush on through to give you a good-hearted rush (that’s the punk). I also like singer/guitarist Augusta Koch’s voice. It’s kind of warble-y (that’s the folk part) and it makes me bet she’s seen some things. And when Augusta reaches way up there for some of those notes, I do believe she means it. And that, dear Rockness reader, is the emo.
#10 Prom Body
Tucson's Prom Body is a catchy fuzzy lo-fi goddamn punk delight. This started as a one-man band. That man’s name is Mike Fay. But now he’s got three other buds to shred this shit live. And shred this does. Prom Body is a sweaty fun good time and you'll come out of their shows a happier person. I know you love playing the Band Comparison Game. You want to know what other emerging alt bands Prom Body sounds like. You couldn't leave "catchy fuzzy lo-fi goddamn punk delight" alone. You need names. And you needed names yesterday. OK. You want your precious names? Here I go. Watch me spin the wheel on the Band Comparison Game. PETER CETERA MEETS FRANK STALLONE MEETS SUFJAN STEVENS MEETS SLASH MEETS HOAGY CARMICHAEL. There. There are your goddamn names.
Geronimo! are three pleasing punker rockers from Chicago (once again, go Bulls) that would like to rock you out, please. I mean, if that’s cool with you. No worries either way. So tell me, Whoa My Blobness. What does this band sound like? So glad you asked! Geronimo! sound like shredders. That’s what they sound like. And though they like it loud, Geronimo! can also throw around some pretty guitar melodies too. And I love them for it. After all, anyone can go noisy. But let's see you go noisy AND sing song-y at the SAME TIME, man.
#12 Beach Slang
Philadelphia’s Beach Slang are James Snyder + Ed McNulty + JP Flexner. And perhaps these three dudes said it best when they said on their Facebook page, “Guitar, bass and drums. Played loudly.” Sounds good to me. But I should probably add to that succinct and perfectly accurate description. Because with a great blob comes great responsibility. James Snyder was in the underrated ‘90s Bethlehem, PA sing-song pop punk band Weston (highly rated by those who rated) that sounded maybe like Misfits in a better mood. Beach Slang's triumphant hard-working "don't bullshit a bullshitter" sound is closer to something like early Johnny Cougar (seriously... I'm talking way before the “Wild Night” era obviously... god that song that gives me the howling fantods) meets Buffalo Tom meets Jawbreaker (there are singing similarities, for sure) meets another current PA fav Restorations. How's that sound?
#13 Pity Sex
Ann Arbor’s Pity Sex (singer/guitarist Britty! singer/guitarist Brennan! bass player Brandan! drummer…. Sean? Where’s your “B” name, bro?) rock fuzzy punk that will leave you feeling like life is often better than bad. Please don’t misunderstand. You won’t walk away from this with a smile plastered to your face. But you might leave with a slight bounce of betterness in your step (unless that’s just a limp - as you hobble away from a lost love that will never again be found - either one - i always gets confused with emo - it’s like am i happy or am i sad? - i just don’t know!). Pity Sex’s crunchy vs. noodle-y guitars playfully wrestle as male/female harmonies propel these noisy choruses towards something resembling contentment. But this pop comes straight from the heart - and that ain’t always a happy place. Their lyrics suggest some members of Pity Sex might perhaps be a TAD depressed. Someone done got themselves involved in some bad lovin’, I reckon. But who isn’t a little bit down these days? In this economy??? I tell ya. Zoom. Bam. Boom. Middle Class! Straight to the moon!
#14 Foxes in Fiction (LAST BUT 10000% NOT LEAST)
Brooklyn’s (by way of Toronto) Warren Hildebrand makes some of the prettiest pop you’ll hear. And believe me. That’s not faux Intra Blob authority I’m throwing down. I put the period at the end of that first sentence with authority. I straight smashed my keyboard when I said that. I’m not backing down. No way. No how. Prettiest pop. You’ll hear. Bet. Zoom. Zoom. BOOM. Foxes in Fiction has been Warren Hildebrand’s warm, synth-driven project for a few years (his full-length debut came out way back in 2010 - whoa - what was that year even LIKE, mannn?) but I’m only getting around to profile the band’s grace and beauty on Whoa My Blobness now. Please tell me not my flaws. For I already know them. Good thing it’s never too late to get into something new. Even if it’s only new to you.
We have a pair of tickets to give away to see MASSIVE ATTACK with TV ON THE RADIO at Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, October 17th!
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We have a pair of tickets to give away to see RAY LAMONTAGNE with THE BELLE BRIGADE at Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, October 18th!
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