I opted for the A Place to Bury Strangers show over Cadence Weapon/Woodhands last night. I've already seen the latter, but the Biltmore is also way closer to my house.
Anyhow, I was intrigued by the headliners after listening to a couple of songs on their Myspace. And, true to my expectations, they came out, cranked up their amps and almost blew my head off with a wall of distortion and feedback... but then they did the same thing for another five songs and the charm diminished as they went. You can buy up all of the Jesus & Mary Chain's effects pedals, but you can't buy their knack for melody, it seems. A little attention to dynamics wouldn't hurt either.
Sian Alice Group, who were the main reason I showed up, were wonderful. Shoe gazey and reminiscent of Mazzy Star at some points and shoe gazey and reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine the next. Like the headliners, they weren't terribly original, but they executed well.
Japandroids opened up the show. Seeing that I saw them a week ago, I don't have much to add, except for noting that the guys' spirits were a bit low after hearing the news that their friends in the Hotel Lobbyists were in a pretty bad car accident earlier in the evening. I hope you'll join me in wishing all four of the Hotel Lobbyists a speedy recovery.
To follow that terrible news, here is some happier news. Congratulations go out to Rose, who won the Tiny Vipers contest. Thanks to the guys at Twee Death for hooking up the prize.
Ora Corgan kicks off her tour on Sunday at the Sweatshop with Adult Books, Frazey Ford (from the Be Good Tanyas), and Anju (from i/i).
October 2nd and 3rd sees the Accordion Noir festival at Spartacus Book and the Railway (respectively). Full details on their webpage.
Colourbook are at the Peanut Gallery on October 4th with No Gold, Greenbelt Collective, and Candles.
Bend Sinister play a very special performance on October 25th at the Rio Theatre to celebrate the release of their new LP, Stories of Brothers, Tales of Lovers. The band will be joined extra musicians, including a horn and string section. the Green Hour open.
Soulwax is at the Plaza on October 29th to show their documentary Part of the Weekend Never Dies and play a "Soulwax Live" set. Paul Devro opens.
Eagles of Death Metal are at the Commodore on November 2nd.
El Guincho are at the Red Room for an early show on November 22nd.
And last, but not least, congratulations to Rob, who gets married this weekend.
Esthero is playing an acoustic gig at The Biltmore on Oct. 17
Just read your comments about the A Place to Bury Strangers show. I'm from brooklyn and have seen the band play a few times.
Your comments about effects pedals is not accurate. As far as I know Oliver Ackermann has over a dozen pedals, all of which he built and engineer himself.
By 7:13 AM, at
Uh, you're missing the point. They're a highly derivative band and a one trick pony to boot.
By the way...the Wedding Present at the Media Club last night: show of the year.
By 4:11 PM, at
Did you go to the White Lung/ Defektors Record release show?! I wanted to go but have no idea where the venue is?? Does anyone know where the ER is? I really wanted to see White Lung and Vapid play ;(
By 1:02 PM, at
Hey anonymous, I think the point was that a band needs *more* than 12 different effects pedals, handbuilt or not, in order to be "interesting".
By 1:14 PM, at