November 25, 2014
Written by Patrick McNamara
These are the best shows this week. 93.742% sure.
Please enjoy quickly scrolling through this list and maybe even deciding to possibly perhaps see one of these good times.
Happy Thanksgiving. What time is dinner and what should I bring besides my dog?
If you don’t know Gates you should get to know them. The euphoric post- _______ rockers put out one of my very favorite albums of 2014. Consider getting into it. It’s a grower in heavy and regular rotation at Rockness HQ (that also serves as my bedroom). Definitely see Gates play Jewels Cach One tonight. Live, well, they just destroy. I won't steer you wrong with this one. You can count on me.
Toronto’s Alvvays always bring the sweet jingle-jangle fuzzy lo-fi heat. Two chances to see this completely catchy (and dare I say goddamn delightful) band this week. You might want to so some day you can say you saw them when you did before they became huge and took over the world to run it with a fair iron fist.
If brutal sludge metal is more the relaxing vibe you want to cozy up to, consider seeing L.A.’s Obliterations. All members claim to love both Black Flag and Black Sabbath. Therefore, think Iron & Wine meets Tycho. JK! Bring earplugs to this one and nobody gets hurt.
The Regent is finally open and eccentro-popster-provocateur Ariel Pink is playing it. As of this writing, Madonna is not scheduled to open. I’d be disappointed....... if this were 1983.
If you went to Obliterations and still can’t get enough local sludge, you can show up the next night at the same place for Zig Zags. They work best when you're being blasted. Bet.
November 24, 2014
Written by Patrick McNamara
Wouldn’t you want to listen to a band named Elvis Depressedly? Of course you would. That name rules. It may even be up there with ScotDrakula. Luckily, these soft-sparse-sad songs (except when they’re funny) also happen to be good. Who would listen to a band just because they have a sick name? That would be so dumb. You gotta have the songs, son.
Elvis Depressedly (born circa 2011) is from the mind of one guy - South Carolina's Mat Cothran. He also records under the name Coma Cinema. That band is worth exploring, too. But some other time perhaps. Live, Elvis Depressedly is a band and not just a person. Cothran has a whole crew to bring his sad but also kind of funny songs to life.
To give your ears a small taste of what this dude can do for you I have taken the liberty of posting a sad song for you below that’s also kind of funny. It's called “No More Sad Songs” but the Elvis Depressedly diehards refer to this one simply as “N.M.S.S.” It’s got a chill, contemplative vibe. Expect more goodness like this when the band (yes, it really is a band) releases their upcoming full-length on Run For Cover Records (home to: Whirr + Modern Baseball + Pity Sex + Crying* + on and on the goodness goes) sometime in the future when the fighting stops and everybody is confident and happy. I hope you like it.
*Elvis Depressedly should TOTALLY tour with Crying - that one would be a real laugh riot - because neither band is really all that sad.
November 24, 2014
Written by Patrick McNamara
Washer are two dudes (that guy is Mike Quigley and that other guy is Keiran McShane) who play bendy slacker punk sprinkled in sludge sauce. But perhaps that concise description alone isn’t going to get you where you need to be. You need other bands as reference points and you needed them 5 minutes ago yesterday. Sure thing. I can do that. Take one part of _______’s guitars, mix in a bit of ________’s drums, and add a splash of ____________’s kewl rock'n roll ‘tude and you’re left with Washer and one helluva band description.
It’s funny I’m writing this band profile today of all days. It's really hilarious. It's truly laughable. Ah ha-ha-ha-ha. Ah ha-ha-ha-ha. Because today (this very day, man) Washer released an EP with their brothers from a different mother but of the same planet, Big Ups. HYSTERICAL. Maybe I’ll post the whole EP after I finish writing this. I haven’t decided yet. I only blob in the moment always.
Another important thing to remember is that Washer are also related to Flagland - another good sludge post-something band I totally also wrote about. But I don’t really want to get into the specifics of the nature of their relationship because Wikipedia doesn’t know anything about it..... yet. Don’t worry, though. I’ll get the answers you needed 5 minutes ago yesterday concerning this important issue very, very soon. I won't let you down. You can count on me.
Because Washer are a good band and I’m feeling like mixing it up a bit (slacker bendy punk sprinkled in sludge sauce has that effect on me), I have decided to not only post that split EP with Big Ups I already mentioned two dynamic paragraphs previously, but I will also post the band’s “Bighead” EP that they released a lonnnnnnnng time ago (what was March of 2014 even LIKE, man?).
Please enjoy both. But don't bother playing either unless you are committed to blasting them. There are no half measures.
File Under: pizza
November 21, 2014
SELECT SHOWS ADDED TO THE SITE THIS WEEK
12/05 Flight Facilities (DJ Set), Cosmic Kids (Daniel T), Cooper Saver @ Jewels Catch One
12/08 Action Bronson @ The Observatory
12/12 Soft White Sixties @ The Lyric Theatre
12/13 Bush, Fall Out Boy, Incubus, Linkin Park, New Politics, Rise Against, Royal Blood, System of a Down, Walk The Moon @ The Forum
12/14 Alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Interpol, Modest Mouse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, U2, Vance Joy, Weezer @ The Forum
12/23 Earl Sweatshirt @ The Observatory
12/26 Blackalicious @ The Echo
12/31 Social Distortion, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, The Mastersons @ Fox Theater Pomona
12/31 Banks @ The Observatory
01/01 Star Slinger, Trippy Turtle @ The Observatory
01/24 The Wombats @ Bootleg
01/24 Mates of State @ The Observatory
01/31 Nothing, Tony Molina @ Jewels Catch One
01/31 Kishi Bashi @ Luckman Fine Arts Complex
01/31 Bush, Theory of a Deadman @ The Wiltern
02/01 Nothing @ The Observatory
02/09 Catfish and The Bottlemen @ Troubadour
02/12 Babes In Toyland @ The Roxy
02/13 Hundred Waters @ El Rey Theatre
02/13 The Dodos @ The Roxy
02/13 Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake @ The Satellite
02/14 Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake @ Alex's Bar
02/17 The Parlor Mob @ The Echo
02/18 Over the Rhine, William Fitzsimmons @ Troubadour
02/22 HTRK @ The Echo
02/27 The Church @ El Rey Theatre
02/27 Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers, Letlive @ Hollywood Palladium
02/27 Six Organs of Admittance @ The Echo
02/28 Taking Back Sunday, Letlive, The Menzingers @ The Observatory
03/01 No Joy, Girls Names, Flaamingos @ The Echo
03/05 Swervedriver @ The Roxy
03/06 Marco Benevento @ Bootleg
03/06 Viet Cong @ The Echo
03/07 The Districts, Pine Barons @ Troubadour
03/08 Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Tyga @ The Forum
03/10 The Pop Group @ The Echo
03/12 Bayside, Senses Fail, Man Overboard, Seaway @ The Observatory
03/15 A Place to Bury Strangers @ The Echo
04/02 Public Service Broadcasting @ The Roxy
04/24 Damien Rice @ The Greek Theatre
06/02 The Script @ The Wiltern
09/18 Foo Fighters @ Honda Center
09/21 Foo Fighters @ The Forum
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