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.
Soak up some darkly hypnotic ambient jams from new group Fugitive, which features Nona from Dark Dark Dark twisting the knobs. Listen to the two tracks below and grab a tape from the group tonight at their CS release show at Icehouse. I don’t have much more info about the group, so join us in finding out more about them tonight. Joining them will be Dream Weapon and DJ Makr & Nona.
American Cream are the latest is a long line of groups pollinated with the seeds of other great local bands. The collective’s latest track, the swampy “Don’t Buy It,” is a horn, bass and organ driven kraut-centric dirge. A thick groove and a darkly hypnotic melody drive forward this track, which should soundtrack your next session of late night debauchery. The “lineup” of American Cream changes and evolves, and they will be hosting a residency on Tuesdays in September, with the lineups below. With the players involved and the great jam that is “Don’t Buy It” under their belt, these Tuesday shows look to be events you shouldn’t miss.
Turf Club residency schedule
✞ Tuesday, September 3rd ✞
Rick and Church of Gravitron (Omaha, NE) as American Cream
Noise Quean Ant (NE)
Matt St. Germain will be DJ’ing and serving food. $5 covers show and food. Food served at 9pm sharp.
✞ Tuesday, September 10th ✞
Bare Mutants (Chicago, IL)
American Cream (line-up TBA)
Nate Nelson DJing. $8.
✞ Tuesday, September 17th ✞
STNNNG as American Cream
Drone Not Drones DJing. $5.
✞ Tuesday, September 24th ✞
American Cream (line-up TBA)
Peace Drone (Jason from Magic Castles and Josh from Flavor Crystals)
Drone Not Drones DJing. $5. Quiet night out. Bring yr inside voices.
If you are a reader of Reviler, you know about the Gospel Gossip/First Communion Afterparty member featuring fuzz trio Is/Is and our appreciation of the hazy, riff-centered shoegaze material they have brought into the world. Their latest endevor is a limited edition tape that collects a few songs from their recently released 7″ (coverage HERE) along with some new tracks. Listen to a sample below and grab the tape (edition of 200) from either the bandcamp page linked below or from the group at their (free) release show tonight. Joining them will be an outstanding cast of local bands, including Ex-Nuns, Erros Magicos and Teenage Moods. Great bands top to bottom—don’t miss this!
Kitten Forever create the kind of frantic, hair-on-fire punk rock that is created for sweaty house shows. The trio, composed of Liz Elton, Corrie Harrigan, and Laura Larson, collapse pop melodies underneath fuzzy, broken-speaker bass and chaotic drumming, all held together by glue and safety pins vocals that bring to mind the kinetic energy and art-punk attitude of Karen O. Released on two 7″ records, Pressure is just haphazard enough to keep you on your toes while still feeling well thought out and defined. You can see the new tunes and grab the record tonight at the record release show at the Kitty Cat Klub. Kitten Forever will be joined by great locals Is/Is and Animal Lover for about as much great music as you can handle, especially for the economical price of free.
After the grind of a long week, how about some garage rock to kick off your weekend? You work hard, and dammit, you deserve it. Locals Rabbit Holes (disclosure: Adam from the site drums in the band) and Madison duo The Hussy are bringing the ruckus tonight at the Turf Club for a night filled with fuzz laden hooks and good beer at the best music venue in our city. Listen below to a song from the forthcoming Rabbit Holes 7″ and a track from the forthcoming Hussy LP, Pagen Hiss, which follows up last years excellent, and underrated, 2012 LP Weed Seizure. If you’ve slept on The Hussy, it is time to wake up. Also joining the fun will be Joust and France Camp, rounding out what should be a fun, raucous night of music. Don’t miss it!
Southside Desire are a doo-wop band with a punk rock heart. They create a swooning, classic sound with blended vocals really fleshing out their sound. Like their forerunners in the God Dam Doo Wop Band, they mesh divergent sounds in a way that can make listeners appreciate their concoctions on multiple levels. You can hear example of the group’s retro sound below with the video for “Casualty of Love,” a song from their recent split 7″ with Black Diet. The band will be playing along with The Golden Bubbles tonight at the Cocktails in the Castle at the American Swedish Institute. The event will feature music, drinks, street food venders, glass blowing and more, so it should not be missed. Their first event was a big hit and this is quickly turning into another feather in our cities cap, becoming an event that gets circled on our summer calenders as not to miss. Info on the poster above or follow this link for details on hours, price and directions.