It feels more like July in Brooklyn this week, as record highs offer a preview of the summer months to come. Our very own Aputumpu festival similarly alludes to the warmer months ahead as we kick off the summer concert season with four nights of music from some of the hottest up-and-coming acts in Brooklyn.
We profiled a couple of ’em last week, Brooklyn-based (via Minneapolis) electro-producer Mux Mool and Brooklyn institutions, Japanther, but they’re not the only acts we managed to book for our weekend of debauchery. Although, maybe it would not be beyond the conceptual realm of Japanther to attempt to play an entire festival BY THEMSELVES. But yeah, we’ve booked over twenty bands that should get you psyched for another summer here in Brooklyn. Oh, and the fun starts TONIGHT.
So So Glos have become a staple of the Brooklyn scene for both their high-energy punk shows and for curating one of the best DIY spaces in the borough, Shea Stadium. They won’t have home-field advantage at Aputumpu (they’re playing Friday night at Public Assembly), but they’ve become a controversial, can’t miss act, coming off a year highlighted by a bunch of arrests (what’s the official count now guys?) and playing alongside Titus Andronicus and Ted Leo at the Occupy Wall Street benefit show at Shea last November. Word on the street is they’re in the studio working on a follow up to their 2010 7 inch, Low Back Chain Shift, so head to Public Assembly Friday for an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to hear some new tracks.
SPEAKING OF NEW ALBUMS, our Saturday night headliner, Violens, have one due out in May on their new label, Slumberland, which also features such high-profile acts as Frankie Rose, Dum Dum Girls, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Veronica Falls (none of them are playing, MAYBE NEXT YEAR.) This goth-leaning outfit fits in nicely alongside their label-mates, and it’ll be interesting to see what direction their first Slumberland release will take. They’ve straddled the lines between post-punk, shoegaze and indie pop on past releases. I’m thinking their upcoming album will have more focus… but will it be more Pains of Being Pure At Heart or more Crystal Stilts? Saturday night at Cameo Gallery will be your first chance to find out.
An eclectic mix of artists will open for Violens on Saturday, ranging from the psych-pop of Friend Roulette to the chill, tribal vibes of Snowmine, and last but not least, the full on noise assault of Life Size Maps.
So So Glos may not be absent from the stage at Shea tonight, but never fear, punk rock kids, Radical Dads should more than fill that void with their 90’s-inspired shoegaze. Seems like we can’t get enough of that around here lately, eh? After that, be sure to stick around for headliners, The Suzan, a Japanese riot-girl band. Oh, and as if you needed another reason to come by later, we’ve got a FREE OPEN PBR BAR from 8-9, so get there early before we run out, I’m not sure how many cases we’re picking up…
If you can’t head out on a school night, there’s ANOTHER all Japanese girl group playing Friday night – Hard Nips. They “rock a bit harder” than The Suzan, and their live show can be kind of unpredictable, so don’t miss em. Friday is our most stocked night, at least in terms of number of acts as we’ll be taking over both stages at Public Assembly with acts like U SAY USA, Bosco Delrey and the slept on Celestial Shore, who play a genre-mishmosh that I would probably describe as Post-math space punk, and yes, with a straight face.
We’re inviting you across the East River on Sunday night for a punk rock showcase at (le) Poisson Rouge, headlined by Japanther and Cerebral Ballzy, who play Black Flag-inspired skatepunk. They cut an album last summer and released it off of Adult Swim’s label. You gotta wonder where THEIR Adult Swim show is, now that Odd Future’s got one. They’re also known for their energetic live show and penchant for girls and skateboarding. As a sidenote… I’m PRETTY SURE this is the only time anyone’s ever compared them to Odd Future in any capacity.
Liquor Store playe earlier in the night with more of a garage punk sound that isn’t too far off from Titus Andronicus, for whom they have opened for in the past. The folk rock of Ghost Mice will provide a much needed breather and ensures Sunday night also has a “little something” for everyone.
Hope to see you all later on… oh, yeah I think I mentioned FREE PBR TONIGHT. Again, tickets for this extravaganza are just $7-$10 for individual night and can be found at Aputumpu.Eventbrite.com.
– Peter Rittweger of My Social List