JuiceheaD is one of the fortunate sorts who struck gold via MySpace. A few years ago, the Chicago Punk band posted a message on the page of Misfits Records, which led producer/Osaka Popstar leader John Cafiero to them. Now they're opening for The Misfits on a tour that stops at the Southgate House on Sunday.
Kylesa's sound has developed from stormy, burly Sludge Metal into something fated for broader classification — something willing to be poppier. Now the Savannah, Ga.-based five-piece chooses to carefully dissect rather than completely decimate. They're part of the "Sanctioned Annihilation Tour" at the Southgate House on Wednesday.
A few years ago, the Chicago Punk band JuiceheaD posted a message on the page of Misfits Records, which led producer/Osaka Popstar leader John Cafiero to them. Soon, JuiceheaD was signed to the label and Cafiero was producing a single for the band. The trio has since played alongside The Adicts and The U.K. Subs, and they're currently supporting The Misfits (their label's owners) on a national run, including a show Sunday at the Southgate House.
In the 1990s, Blake Schwarzenbach established his rep as one of the most mature and incisive lyricists in Punk Rock and early Emo by leading Jawbreaker, then Jets to Brazil. His new band, forgetters (don't forget the lower case "f"), plays MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine on Thursday.
In the 1990s, Blake Schwarzenbach's Bay Area-based breakthrough band, Jawbreaker, explored subjects both dismal and lighthearted over evocative, carefully plotted hooks. He's moved onto his fourth band, this one called forgetters (the "f" sits in lowercase), which finds the guitarist working alongside original Against Me! drummer Kevin Mahon and ex-Bitchin' bassist Caroline Paquita to fuse the taciturn, raw vitality of Jawbreaker with the complicated poetry of Schwarzenbach's Jets days.
The Junk Rock punks of Sloppy Seconds will hit the stage at The Mad Hatter on Friday. The band first formed in 1984 at a house party when the unpolished crew decided to play a few impromptu punk covers for their friends. Their self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek style may be the key to their staying power after all that time.
Forming at a weekend-long house party to run through a few Punk Rock covers, Sloppy Seconds has become known for "Junk Rock," a self-deprecating micro-genre in which Ramones-bred melodies mingle with lyrics tracking why it sucks to be a pizza delivery boy and drunkenly vomiting in inappropriate zones. While the band's body of work does include tracks that are more than jokes, Sloppy Seconds aims for affable simplicity over grand gravitas.
The hallmarks of the Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra's sound — slow-burn mini-orchestral epics, snatches of voice moving in unpredictable patterns, quirky poetic turns — conventionally hold little relation to Punk. Still, they're linked to the genre by way of TSMZMO's DIY sensibility. They play the Southgate House Tuesday.
Since entering pop culture over three decades ago, Punk has become a muddled word with a small army of variations and sub-categories following in its wake. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra now further complicates things, as the hallmarks of its sound hold little relation to Punk. Still, Efrim Menuck links his band to the genre by way of its DIY sensibility.
Soon after Joseph D’Agostino got his band underway, Cymbals Eat Guitars received Indie Rock's most profitable stamp of approval. Pitchfork assigned the 2009 debut 'Why There Are Mountains' album an 8.3 rating and included it on the site’s “Best New Music” list. They play The Mad Hatter with Los Campesinos!