Top 5 shows of the weekend

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This wretched month will finally come to an end by the time the weekend is out, but February does leave us a nice parting gift in the form of some fantastic shows that should get you out of whatever hopefully warm abode you call home.

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Over the Counter: This Week in New and Interesting Music

pile“Over the Counter” is a column by our music editor focusing on new and interesting music that isn’t featured so prominently. In this edition: new releases from Pile, Container and ADVAETA, plus Ukiah Drag, Uniform and more. [Read more...]

TICKET GIVEAWAY: 2:54 and Honeyblood at Rough Trade

This Friday, Rough Trade hosts a fierce female line-up of Okay Kaya, Honeyblood and 2:54 and we’re giving away TICKETS!

The band I have my eye on is Honeyblood from Scotland. I first heard of the band, formed with Stina Tweeddale on vocal and guitar and Cat Myers on drums, when their 2014 self-titled album was named as a staff pick at Rough Trade. And the duo reeled me in with their song Super Rat, which is the world’s best break-up/I hate you song. “Scum bag sleaze, slime ball grease?” What is not to love?

Honeyblood was the brainchild of Stina, who brought the idea to her friend Cat to help bring it to life. They started out doing small time DIY shows, peddling their two-track cassette “Thrift Shop.” Stina describes there sound as “a bit of garage rock vibe with a pop core.” And with catchy songs like “Bud” and “Killer Bangs,” it is easy to see how the band has made a name for themselves in Glasgow and beyond.

If you want to see these ladies live, show your love in the comments. We’ll pick the winner on Thursday! Or, if you can’t wait, you can purchase tickets here.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

cryptsermonIn a fit of domestication (and, in this case, transparency), I spent this past Sunday assembling IKEA furniture for my girlfriend. And as anyone who has ever spent their weekend assembling IKEA furniture can tell you, the only thing it makes you want to do is throw on something caustic and smash that pile of Swedish voodoo back into the splinters from whence it came. So here’s to that caustic something and the perhaps foolhardy hope that I can find solace in sonic destruction alone.

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Sofar Sounds invades living rooms in North Brooklyn

Photo by Max Rolon

Photo by Max Rolon

February 24 and 25, Sofar Sounds will turn apartments into music venues for a night, bringing strangers together to witness eclectic bills of local musicians.

Born in London in 2009, Sofar Sounds expanded to world living room domination, with locations peppering cities across six continents. The premise is simple. Friends sick of people talking over the music at shows decided to ditch traditional venues and bring musicians into homes for an intimate setting dedicated to enhancing the listening experience. No talking allowed. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Greetings, let’s cast aside these tenebrific last few days and look to that which brings the most effulgent of feelings: the weekend. I can’t say I’m being terribly helpful at this point, given that three of the best five options are already sold out, but I don’t make the rules.

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Over the Counter: This Week in New and Interesting Music

gloss“Over the Counter” is a column by our music editor focusing on new and interesting music that isn’t featured so prominently. In this edition: new releases from G.L.O.S.S., Ra and Eula, plus shows from Obliterations, Sick Feeling and Anasazi. [Read more...]

New Sun Kil Moon record takes a snarky dig at Williamsburg

Sun Kil Moon; credit: The Quietus

Sun Kil Moon; credit: The Quietus

The king of snark Mark Kozelek has apparently moved on from poking fun at War on Drugs. He’s got a new record coming out in June, Universal Themes, which contains a track hilariously titled “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” From Stereogum:

The Benji follow-up was recorded over this year and last in San Francisco and Hoboken, and features percussion from Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. The album will contain last year’s one-off “The Possum,” and its B-side “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” And the tracklist also contains some more Kozelek gems like “With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry” and “This Is My First Day And I’m Indian And I Work At A Gas Station.” Thankfully, no War On Drugs diss tracks made the cut. The album artwork appears to be of a payphone in the middle of nowhere.

Here’s the first track, “The Possum:” [Read more...]