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Rebels Of An Older Mold

Night Beats blaze their own trail by following a few already blazed

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Carving your own upward path in the perpetually congested music biz is an intimidating enough prospect on its own. Yet Danny Lee — the driving force behind Seatlle Psych Rock trio Night Beats — has opted to one-up this great dare: He wants not just to create his band’s own fanbase but also his own scene. Kinda. Maybe.

Strung Out

Aug. 10 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Monday, August 6, 2012
Strung Out's current tour is dedicated to revisiting those solidly melodic, Heavy Metal-influenced albums, as they'll be playing both front to back nightly — a performance that's sure to fill every thirtysomething dude who still wears cargo shorts and oversized Pulley T-shirts with gooey nostalgia.  

Kendrick Lamar

July 26 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
Having friends in high places never hurts and Kendrick Lamar has the fascinating fortune to boast a friend in a really high place. In a recent interview, the Compton, Calif.-cultivated rapper described Lady Gaga as “a good friend” — a connection solidified by the Pop bigwig making an appearance during Lamar's set at the recent Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.  

Fuck Knights

July 6 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 2, 2012
 Even when spoken slurred and quickly, “Fuck Knights” and “Dark Knight” sound only vaguely alike. But do you think we'd let a thing like that derail us from comparing this gang of Garage Punk hellraisers to Batman? Hell no! Let's begin by assessing drinking habits. When ol' Bruce Wayne does alcohol, he likely sips the finest bourbon in Gotham. The Knights seem more likely to be all about dive bars (the ideal venues for their sound) and finding the cheapest well hooch available.  


June 19 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2012
  While Metal shows are havens for certain physical behaviors — headbanging, throwing the horns, grasping for an invisible orange during a particularly juicy guitar solo — smiling while you're playing is not one of them. But that hasn't stopped Steve Brooks. Torche's ringleader doesn't just crack a hint of a happy face during concerts but practically beams.  

Little Dragon with Red Hot Chili Peppers

June 6 • U.S. Bank Arena

0 Comments · Monday, June 4, 2012
In July 2011, Esquire writer Andy Langer argued that Little Dragon's sound bears great resemblance to Prince's.But even with those similarities, Little Dragon is far too capable and confident to ape another artist without showing its own personality. They are careful both when they go fiery and when they chill out, and with an extra dash of the right je nais se quoi, their sound has legit potential to be big on the right radio stations.

Caribou with Radiohead

June 5 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Thursday, May 24, 2012
Electronic music generally feels more machine-like than the product of conventional guitars-and-drums setups, but that doesn't mean every electronic artist is inclined to create work that's cold or inhuman. Dan Snaith exemplifies this idea in Caribou.   

Up from Under the Sun

Orderly California quartet The Donkeys examine their past and present

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Based on sound alone, The Donkeys come off as pretty mature. The San Diego band plays a tender, starlit kind of Rock with a folky side that isn’t too sleepy, an AltCountry side that isn’t too twangy, a Blues side that isn’t too reverb-heavy and a Psych Rock side that isn’t too psychedelic.   

Carolina Chocolate Drops with the Dave Matthews Band

May 29 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Friday, May 18, 2012
Talking about race is always a dodgy premise, but Carolina Chocolate Drops and their music practically encourage such discussions. “It's a very strong statement to say that you're a black string band musician,” said Drops' Dom Flemons in an interview with Fairfield Weekly. “That helps people open up the article or what-not and then they get to find out a whole part of the Folk music history that they might not have known before.”


Shearwater with St. Vincent

May 9 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, May 7, 2012
Flora and fauna have long been Jonathan Meiburg's most beloved fixations. The leader of the Austin-based Shearwater has populated his work with natural imagery of all kinds — especially birds. The band name (which comes from a species of seabird) and the 2004 and 2008 albums Winged Life and Rook are also tributes. February's Animal Joy continues the course on the imagery front, but the music cracks surprising new ground.