Provided your eardrums haven’t reduced to shrapnel after last week’s onslaught of new metal, you’ll be pleased to hear this week brings yet another home-brewed batch of sonic insanity. Stuffed to the stitches with death, doom, occult, and all forms of extremity in between, today reinforces what we all already knew: There’s no rest for wicked fucking awesome.
Output has been absolutely killing it on the lineup front lately. No, seriously. Did you go to Pete Tong’s packed show there last Thursday? Talk about impressive builds. I haven’t seen a crowd go HAM like that since Electric Zoo. Plus the light show was just epic. Okay, I’ll stop rubbing it in.
No worries if you had to miss it, because there’s another great house show hitting Wythe Ave. this Friday. Catch West Coast Doc Martin (Sublevel Music) at Output with support from H-Foundation, Joeski, and Nikola Baytala (Keep it Movin VS. Hidden Roots). Martin’s retro throwbacks and varied set list will give you plenty with which to werk. Meanwhile Dave Turk, Mike Terra, Brian Best, Da Groove and Pablo Romero will be keeping things hot in The Panther Room. Now I’m really going to blow your mind. Admission is FREE before midnight with RSVP. Yep, that means you’re definitely doing this thang.
Having seen Tampa’s Merchandise all over Brooklyn and Manhattan, at venues as small as Home Sweet Home, 285 Kent (RIP), Saint Vitus and Glasslands, and as big as Bowery and Villain, it’s fitting they’re finding some middle ground at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. To my knowledge, they’ve never played the North 6th venue, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it; they’re excellent live.
The post-punk turned ’80s new wave-influenced band had their major label debut, After the End, on 4AD this year. While it was somewhat expected to contain pop singles that break away from the relatively unpolished “DIY” sound of Merchandise‘s previous efforts, these tracks are complimented by sprawling ballads. Carson Cox’s swoon-inducing vocals wash over lush, smooth, percussive backdrops, particularly perfected on album closer “Exile and Ego.”
The playful, poppier tracks – “Little Killer,” “Enemy,” “Telephone” – have all been released by the band with dizzying and psychedelic video accompaniments. Alert: multiple Carson Cox’s on screen at once. Watch all of them below.
Tickets for tonight are still on sale. Copenhagen punks Lower open, as do Ninos du Brazil, who just remixed another After the End standout “Green Lady.” You can hear that below, too.
Former Lower East Side music venue The Living Room closed on October 26th of last year. This year on October 21st the venue will reemerge with a soft opening for CMJ. The new venue is located on 134 Metropolitan Ave (Between Wythe and Berry) in Williamsburg. Check out their website for the schedule of events.
If you missed out on one of American Football’s three sold out Webster Hall reunion shows this weekend… well, you may have lucked out. The influential emo band just announced a surprise late night set at St. Vitus at 12:30 tonight! Tickets are just $5 at the door, first come first serve.
See ya there…
King Tuff serenaded his audience with some good old fashioned rock and roll on Wednesday night.
Shows at Baby’s are so effortlessly easy due to their decent happy hour until 8pm, $5 drafts coupled with a $7 burger/salad make your evening plans a no-brainer (you can also get a miller for $3 but really, that’s just an expensive water).
I asked the lead singer of The Orwells Mario Cuomo what the band’s goal was, and his response – “It might not be good to have one. If you reach that, then you’ll be totally fucked.”
And going from garage band to world tour in just a few years, I think I’ll take that advice. And even so, the band doesn’t have any delusions of fast fame; they just want to keep getting better, playing music for themselves and anyone else that enjoys it and make being in a band a little cooler in their hometown.
They aren’t perfect. Far from it. And only one of them is (barely) old enough to drink a beer. But the music is real and that is what makes it so good. They aren’t taking you on a trip to outer space, it’s a rock and roll show, influenced by the Black Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The Orwells band members met in high school, two of them brothers, and gradually gained attention. Next week, these kids take the stage at Irving Plaza October 15, supporting their latest album Disgraceland. According to Cuomo, the eleven tracks are a “good representation of the last couple of years,” surfing through themes of the lust and angsty politics of bored teenagers in the suburbs of Chicago.
But there won’t be a Disgraceland part two. Cuomo called the album a closing point and wants to start a new chapter, switching the focus of his lyrics.
“I don’t want to talk about high school anymore. I don’t want to talk about politics. Now it is time to talk about other things I’m interested in. Like bullshit, like stories, like fiction. I’d rather write a song about a horror movie or a samurai – it’s not personal, I’ve never been a samurai, but I think it is interesting. How boring would movies be if everything was written about something that happened in the director’s life.”