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June 14, 2010 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
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Music writers are suckers for geography. Tying up groups of bands in neat little localized bows makes for easy copy, with the added benefit that once you pigeonhole a bunch of quasi-related groups — the “Seattle Sound,” say — you have that touchstone to deploy next time you feel like phoning in some cheap comparisons.
Seattle bands are the order of the day today, though the comparisons will hopefully be hewn from finer stuff. Specifically, two Seattle bands that have recently released new records: The Melvins, and Black Breath.
The traditional route here would be to slap these two groups down side by side and make a bunch of comparisons — to bands they both sound like, or to the way the weather in Seattle (rainy, natch) informs their interpollinated styles. In this case, that’s totally impossible. Though they both fall under the general aegis of metal, and play music that is down-tuned, loud, and heavy, the similarities end there. When you put Black Breath and The Melvins side-by-side, all you see is contrasts.
For one thing, The Melvins are roughly six times older. Formed in the early 80′s, the band is now something of a hard rock institution, weathering a generation of music and still out-rocking many of the bands they influenced. A pre-Nirvana Kurt Cobain famously auditioned on guitar, but botched it — a bad case of nerves made him temporarily forget all the songs. Though generally a trio, in 2006 the band absorbed both members of the cult metal duo Big Business, taking the stage with two drummers (right- and left-handed) and a bolstered vocal attack.
Though the music is still built around muscular, inventive drumming and guitarist Buzz Osbourne’s bottom-heavy riffs, the band’s maturation has seen them become increasingly digressive. More and more, they flex their musical muscle during wild excursions into the bizarre and sometimes borderline self-indulgent outer reaches. New release The Bride Screamed Murder features some plutonium-heavy sections that recall the band’s classic material, along with the ever-listenable percussion prowess of drummers Dale Crover and Jared Coady, but it’s hard to wrap your mind around the drill sergeant chanting in “The Water Glass,” the squeaky balloon solo at the end of “Hospital Up,” or the impressionistic “My Generation” cover.
June 14, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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If you’ve seen James Riotto accompany John Vanderslice, then you know he’s a very talented bass player and vocalist. You may not, however be aware of Riotto’s own band, The Moanin Dove. The Moanin Dove have been in the studio recently, working on a new EP, and they’ll headline at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, June 17th (9pm, $10, 21+). They’ll be supported by Geographer and Leopold and His Fiction, with a DJ set by John Vanderslice.
June 11, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Lady Lazarus, the musician, not the poem, is San Jose’s Melissa Ann Sweat, and the demos we received earlier this year definitely put her experimental folk-rock on our radar. Last September, Sweat filmed/recorded an intimate solo session for One Night Music in front of a small group of people in a Mission District dining room. The session features songs from Lady Lazarus’ Home Recordings, available on CDBaby, and you can download all four songs (and see more videos) at OneNightMusic.com.
Lady Lazarus has a full length album called Mantic that is scheduled to come out this summer. Here’s a song from that record:
Two Lady Lazarus shows this month: one at Rasputin Music in Berkeley on Sunday, June 13th (2pm, Free), the other at Caffe Trieste as part of the Left Coast Live festival in San Jose on June 25th (9pm, $15 for one night/$25 for two nights).
June 11, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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The Rickshaw Stop will host not just two stellar Bay Area bands and one band from San Diego on Friday, June 11th (8:30 pm, $10). The Rickshaw Stop will host one local country-rock mainstay, one relatively new surf-pop outfit, and one clever Beatles reference all at once.
June 11, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 1 Comment »
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Literally, before the first verse could end on Magic Bullets’ Magic Bullets (currently up to stream on Spinner), the new batch of songs was a hit. Out next Tuesday on Mon Amie Records (Brooklyn), Magic Bullets is, without much shock, a danceable conquest fit for Smiths lovers. This second full-length comes after surviving major lineup changes, and yet the Bullets sound as vibrant as ever.
Magic Bullets’ record release show will land on July 4th in a most appropriate environment: Part Time Punks at The Echo in Los Angeles. Their summer tour dates include shows with Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls and stops all over the state.
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June 10, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · 1 Comment »
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The all-ages event will take place at the Swedish American Music Hall starting at 8:00 pm, and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
June 10, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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When we got word of a show going down at Serra Bowl on the Fourth of July weekend, we were intrigued. When we saw the lineup, we were ecstatic. You’ll want to stick around the Bay Area for this one…
Eddy Current Suppression Ring (AUS)
Thee Oh Sees
The Fresh & Onlys
Saturday, July 3, 2010
8pm, FREE, All Ages
About the bands:
Melbourne’s Eddy Current Suppression Ring conclude their US tour with this Serra Bowl show. The band’s third album, Rush to Relax, came out earlier this year domestically on Goner Records. “What can we say, everybody should be cranking these guys on their system. So if you aren’t already down with one of Australia’s best exports, get involved quick.” (Raven Sings the Blues) “Without a doubt one of my favorite bands…They overtly state everything we’re thinking with simplicity and rage.” (Music For Robots)
Thee Oh Sees‘ latest record, Warm Slime, captures the band in all of their live fury, and it’s yet another great release from one of the Bay’s best bands. “Warm Slime is an intuitively-conceived, addictively impulsive lesson in peculiarity.” (NME) “Much like Suicide, this is the sound of Thee Oh Sees returning to the roots of rock & roll and punching it in the gut.” (Drowned in Sound)
Sic Alps have been relatively quiet on the recording front lately, but they recently returned from a month in Europe that included playing at the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. “As far as I’m concerned, this band is prepped for greatness.” (Weekly Tape Deck) “There’s been such an embarrassment of riches coming from the lo-fi garage rock/psych duo of Mike Donovan and Matthew Hartman that I can barely bring myself to finish reviews on time.” (Pitchfork)
We’ve got quite a bit of anticipation for The Fresh & Onlys‘ next full length, which will be coming out on In The Red later this year. “[O]ne of the best new bands out of the San Francisco scene. And one of the few bands whose quality nearly matches their hyper-prolific output.” (Brooklyn Vegan) “Really, people should pay more attention to these folksâ€¦” (Stereogum)