Diva 93 is the lo-fi, experminetal ambient/pop project of Jess from Dust Buns. She released a tape in August called Disappear, which you can stream below. It is a great fall record, all tape hiss and wobbly instruments, spooky keyboard lines and rattling percussion. Kind of like the Knife if they stripped everything down to the bone. Diva 93 are going on a tour this fall, with the kickoff show tonight at the Hexagon Bar in South Minneapolis with The Velveteens, Larry Wish & His Guys and Hastas. Check out some local music and grab a Diva 93 tape and send her on the road with a little cash in her pocket.
Within a genre (ambient/noise) that itself can be seen as “out there,” Blues Control are a group unafraid to venture even further into the pysched-out woods to reach their musical nirvana. On their outstanding 2012 release Valley Tangents, the group incorporates textural patterns to bring to life their jazz/fusion/classic rock/ambient concoction. The duo of Russ Waterhouse (guitar, electronics) and Lea Cho (keyboards) have been releasing albums for over five years, and have been part of some of the best labels around (Not Not Fun, Woodsist, Holy Mountain, Slitbreeze, RVNG Intl) before hooking up with Drag City for their latest. They wander into the abyss, but it never feels aimless or without reason. If you’ve missed this great band until now, check out the track “Iron Pigs” from Valley Tangents below, buy up all their great records that aren’t out of print and see them tonight when they roll through town for a show at The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge.
Listen to the noisy dissonance of Seattle band Darto in preview of their show tonight at the Seward Cafe. “Oikos” is from their brand new LP in difference, a six song 12″ that weaves ominous melodies through overcast, kraut leaning post-rock. Crawling out from a haze of feedback, the track hopes on a sparse bassline before breaking into the clear with a jangly guitar and tambourine groove. Stream and purchase in difference from the bandcamp link below and see the band tonight with American Cream and Animal Lover for what should be a great, noisy show at the Seward Cafe.
Los Angeles based garage rocker Hanni El Khatib, will be playing the Triple Rock Social Club tonight, Sunday, September 29. He’s on tour to support his sophomore album, Head In the Dirt, which was released this year and produced by Dan Auerbach. Check out the single “Family” below.
Hanni El Khatib
with Bass Drum of Death
Triple Rock Social Club
September 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Door Open: 7:30 PM Buy tickets here
While nothing in life if guaranteed, if the last few years of Totally Gross National Parties (the annual bash for local label Totally Gross National Product) are any indication, this Saturday at Icehouse will be a blast. The label continues its no-holds-barred style of welcoming a diverse group of musical genres into its proverbial family, and the show Saturday should highlight the labels musical dexterity. Set times are below and even further down the page are some tunes from the aritsts/groups/bands/collectives/cults that will be throwing down tomorrow at Icehouse. Tickets are a steal at $10 ($12 at the door)—buy one HERE.
3:00- NASA Space Recordings Listening Party
4:00- DJ Channy
4:30- Tender Meat
5:30- Allan Kingdom
7:20- Moonstone Continuum (record release)
8:45- Pony Bwoy
9:25- Marijuana Deathsquads
10:00- Jonathan Ackerman + Plain Ole Bill
+ more DJ action until close
Burger Records is a great record shop/label out of California that is the Robert Pollard of indie record labels. Prolific, talented and always well–intentioned, they have brought us everything from Ty Segall tapes to compilations benefiting animal shelters. Their latest endeavor (in addition to all their regular stuff), is the Burgerama Caravan tour, which grabs a bunch of bands who are associated with the label and takes them on the road. Their stop tonight is at the Turf Club, and you can sample a song from most of the bands who will be gracing the stage. Like the label, it skews garage-pop with variations between fuzzy, a little surf and some power-pop for good measure. Don’t miss out tonight—not sure you’ll see so many good bands on one (non-festival/block party) stage this year.
Both groups grab your ankle from beneath the bed and pull you into a scary abiss, albeit in slightly different fashions. With “Veiled Undertow,” pysch-folk mainstays Spires That In the Sunset Rise expose dark corners via dissonent acoustic guitar and haunted piano, letting ambient vocals float ominously throughout the track. “Acarina,” from the forthcoming Circuit des Yeux LP Overdue, feels like a million pounds of bricks crashing down into a empty void, a darkness so big it seems to engulf everything around it. It is the terror of minimalism, a haunted soundscape that leaves the real details to your imagination, magnifying the power of the void. Both bands will be performing tonight at Cause with two of the very best our local scene has to offer, Brute Heart and Food Pyramid. For $5 you’ll get two interesting and forward thinking national acts and two of the most inventive groups the Twin Cities have to offer. See all four bands starting at 9 p.m. tonight (Monday, 9/23) at Cause in Minneapolis.
While Greg Ginn continues to make questionable choices to the legacy of Black Flag, Keith Morris and crew (Dukowski, Dez, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton) have done a more than admirable job of bringing Black Flag’s songs back to the stage done by mostly original members. No new songs, just the Black Flag classics you know and love played by the guys who brought you most of them in the first place. Morris has shown he’s still got the energy to own these songs even if he didn’t sing them all to begin with. Tonight’s show kicks off a tour that takes them to Riot Fest this weekend and off to the east coast. See you in the pit.
FLAG plays First Avenue tonight with TSOL, Cerebral Ballzy and Off With Their Heads. More info here.
The Station to Station “happening” is one of those events that, if possible, you don’t miss. Traveling across the country in a train, each stop features music and artwork unique to that city. The stop for Minnesota is at the Union Station in St. Paul and will feature Patti Smith, No Age, Eleanor Friedberger, and more. That leaves out the artwork and other visual experiences that are part of the stop. Should be fun. Find out more info here or head down to Union Station for the show tonight, which runs 6-11 p.m.