WINDIAN RECORDS MEMORIAL SHOW, 3.28 at the Gold Bar
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Travis Jackson, father, husband, and founder of DC’s Windian Records, was killed in a work accident January 15th in DC. This is a benefit for his memorial fund, to assist his wonderful wife Ashley and 1-year old child Link. Come party and donate to the founder of an excellent label and a great dude.
DIRTY OL LAZ & BIG BOY
& more TBA
plus RAFFLE ITEMS!!!
doors at 8pm
suggested donation $5-$10
If you’re interested in donating to the raffle, please get in touch. You can also donate HERE
CONFIRMED! 3.21 at The Gold Bar
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BURNT ONES (SF noisey garage pop on Burger/ Castleface Records)
RAW MCCARTNEY (psych punk from Indianapolis)
GOLDEN GURLS (bmore pop)
Doors & pre-show hhr @ 9
Bands @ 10
Sterling Brothers (Geroge, Andrew & Eric of the Sterling Sisters) have been added to the Marissa Nadler show on 3.16 at Metro Gallery!
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PROTOMARTYR (Detroit post punk on Hardly Art Records)
SPRAY PAINT (Austin no wave)
BIG CHRIST (Bmore punk)
Show at 10PM
2-4-1 DRINKS ALL NIGHT!!!!
In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters, playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter.
There’s a temptation to call it garage rock, but that doesn’t quite fit. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn’t the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges’ greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is “stuck between the cracks.” If that’s the case, though, they aren’t alone. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. In other words, to “fuck around a little bit more.”
This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right. Where 2012’s No Passion All Technique favored comparatively straightforward punk structures, Under Color takes a more exploratory approach.
Recorded in a single weekend with Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (Wolf Eyes, Cass McCombs, Lower Dens, Six Organs of Admittance) at Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, MI, the album straddles studio professionalism and punk impulse. Shades of the band’s less obvious pop and R&B influences can be glimpsed in the sinuous grooves of songs like “Maidenhead” or “Violent.” Elsewhere, “Tarpeian Rock” places punk vitriol against a minimalist backing and “Scum, Rise!” casts shadows with guitars that alternately chime and clang.
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TWEENS (Ohio Trash pop, Frenchkiss Records)
EXPERT ALTERATIONS (Baltimore pop)
QUITTER (new, mem. Slow Jerks, Sick Thoughts, Gutterhooks)
ET AL (Bmore pop/ rock)
Doors at 8, show at 9
2-4-1 drinks all night!!!!
Write up on Baltimore music with pictures from 2 of our shows and a shout out to us, via myspace.com!
Charm City has more to offer than The Wire. A meeting place for up-and-coming creatives, the city boasts a DIY community thats proud of its hometown heroes. Jamie Peck spent four days there, partying like a local.