Memphis garage-punk gals the Nots hit the Hideout on Wednesday.
Punk-rock perennials Down by Law take the Soda stage on Super Bowl Sunday!
Dave Smalley and his Beantown punk band Down By Law set up at Soda Bar after Pulley, Skipjack, and Hurricane Kate blow through the Normal Heights nightspot. Smalley had a chat with the Reader’s Dryw Keltz in this week’s “Punk-rock Patriots” Blurt. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and Smalley’s a diehard Pats fan — can you guess where that conversation ended up?.... Your team (the Atlanta Falcons) lose? Yeah, well, Til-Two is hosting a six-hour cavity rattler with several strains of heavy metals to douse your blues, including Copenhagen-based death-metal heads Phrenelith, SanFran punk-metal band Necrot, as well as occult-metal Cali crews Impure Consecration, Skeletal Remains, and Morfin.
Thirty-years strong shoegaze group the Lilys play Soda Bar on Monday.
Kurt Heasley’s shoegaze-y indie-rock band Lilys has had 72 musicians since forming in 1988. Heasley, for our convenience, has broken down his band's oeuvre into three epochs: the DC days of My Bloody Valentine–style songs; his years in Boston when he went all British Invasion and actually played hit UK TV show Top of the Pops; and his latest from his life in Philadelphia, where Heasley revisits his dream-pop roots and re-releases 1994 high-water mark Eccsame the Photon Band. Lilys takes the stage at Soda Bar after Dead Heaven, featuring guitarist/singer Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand and Travis Trevisan of San Diego faves Tape Deck Mountain.... Miss the door at the Soda, Seattle stoner-metal band Witch Ripper hits the Tower Bar after likeminded locals Old Man Wizard and Cryptic Languages...while Casbah stages Drew Andrews’s five-piece “postmodern electronic pop” band Bit Maps with Subtropics and Night Lapse.
Nawlins roots rocker the Revivalists set up at Belly Up on Tuesday.
Seven-piece touring and recording unit the Revivalists includes sax, pedal steel, piano, with the usual guitar-bass-drums backbone and, according to Reader writer Dave Good, “is bursting at the seams with musical ideas, from reggae beats to Al Green funk to anthemic U2-like stuff.” The Revivalists are touring in support of their chart-topper, Men Amongst Mountains, and will split a bill with L.A.-based indie folkies Magic Giant at Belly Up on Tuesday. Read the rest of Dave’s write-up in this week’s Of Note.... Also upthataway, Muna and Lo Moon split an electropop bill at the Loft at UCSD...while uptown, Irata, Freedom Hawk, Lord Howler, and Nebula Drag fill a hard-rock bill at the Soda Bar.
The Nots hit the Hideout Wednesday night. The Memphis garage-punk band is touring in support of their last Goner release, Cosmetic, which finds the four ladies “moving beyond minute-long blasts of hooky punk and experimenting with new textures and art-damaged noise...songs dripping in sarcasm and spite,” according to Pitchfork. The tastemakers dropped a respectable 7.8 grade on the sophomore release and drew lines from Gang of Four to Sleater-Kinney — good company.... Best of the rest Wednesday night finds French post-metal band Alcest headlining sets by the Body and Creepers at Brick by Brick...synthpop Canada band Austra plays Casbah behind this year’s well-received Future Politics release after the Range and Warsaw...“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” rapper/producer Juicy J’s at the House of Blues behind this year’s Rubba Band Business...while Chicago-based indie artist Tim Kinsella (Owls, Cap’n Jazz, Friend/Enemy) and his other other other band, Joan of Arc, plays Ché Café in La Jolla.