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Oct. 7 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 4, 2010
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.  

Music: Sloppy Seconds

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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.  

Sloppy Seconds

May 28 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
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.   

Music: Thee Silver Mt. Zion

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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.  

Better Living Through Rebellion

Thee Silver Mt. Zion excavate Punk Rock on its own terms

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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.  

Music: Cymbals Eat Guitars

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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!  

Cymbals Eat Guitars with Los Campesinos

April 28 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Friday, April 23, 2010
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. Early acclaim did come with a price.  

Music: O'Brother

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
O'Brother shimmers with a thirst for the epochal, as their material is dominated by textured murmurs of guitar that expand into all-encompassing, woozy swirls. Cursive's Emo-bred Indie Rock makes for another excellent comparison point. Aaron Wamack's addition to O'Brother drew in weightier influences like Converge, Deftones and Meshuggah. Classical music, film scores and Brian Eno's Ambient music also affected the group. They play Bogart's.  

Mourning Glory for O'Brother

Resplendent Rock is back on the rise as band steadies its lineup

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
When O'Brother was left without a frontman, the band decided to hold an audition for a new lead vocalist/guitarist. Sadly, the experience wasn't anything resembling 'American Idol': There were no TV cameras, no squealing hordes ready to hear about going to Hollywood, no snarky Brits, no spectacle. "I wish it was like that,' says bassist Anton Dang. "It would probably have been less awkward."  

The Ataris

April 16 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
The Ataris' 2007 album 'Welcome the Night' was quite the departure, swapping straightforward Pop Punk for drifting, atmospheric Indie Rock, a decision not wholly received well by fans. "I always want to throw a curve ball," says vocalist/guitarist Kris Roe. "If I wrote 'So Long, Astoria Part 2,' I would have been telling the biggest lie," referencing the band's big-selling 2003 LP. So keep an eye out for more curve balls.