Heavy Friends (Baltimore Heavy pop.. No internet presence) $5/ 10pm Presented by U+N
Raven Sings the Blues; We were fans of Chicago’s undersung Brain Idea here, and their Kiwi-laden pop seemed a perfect fit with some of the actual So. Hemisphere crowd we’d been digging over the past couple of years. Alas the band dissolved but in their stead a new project under the name Outside World has sprung with Brain Idea’s Ben Scott at the helm. A softer, and more well rounded affair than Brain Idea, their new tape on the venerable Night People is a soft focus sugar rush of later period Kiwi influences but with a massive melodic touch up courtesy of the bass and background vocals from the band’s Hazel Rigby. The EP is full of stripped back candy nibs that deserve to be on repeat until the tape unspools in a fit of desperation; a blur of colors that collapses in dizzied bliss. Seriously interested to see where these three go from here but for now we’ll just have to love what they’ve put down on Seaside Nowhere. (RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES)
Thee Shutdowns (Philly/ Baltimore Garage, ex Dactyl… FACEBOOK )
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King Louie Bankston is kind of a legend. In the past 20 years, this Louisiana native has played in over 20 bands. His impressive roster of influential power pop and garage punk groups includes The Exploding Hearts and The Persuaders. He’s played alongside Jay Reatard and members of The Oblivions. “When we were young and needed someone to look up to,” says Cole Alexander of The Black Lips, “he was one of the only ones out there.” King Khan calls Louie “a natural born, rock-n-roll steam engine who can never be stopped.”
Painted White is the debut LP from his latest band, King Louie’s Missing Monuments. It’s a cleaned up version of the music Bankston’s known for. Missing Monuments sound a lot like power pop godfathers The Nerves, with a few glimpses of Hot Water Music when the gruffness in King Louie’s voice kicks in. Lyrically, there are a lot of retro pop themes that are sometimes delightfully dark and twisted
Every dog has their day. The Jacuzzi Boys are most certainly having theirs. The JB’s have just released a woofer of a vid for their sweet punk jangler Automatic Jail from their sensational new LP Glazin’.
The video highlights a day in the life of Taco, doggie Esq….