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
Darkside created one of my favorite EPs of the last few years with their 2011 self-titled release, which mixed Nicolas Jaar’s haunted soundscapes with Dave Harrington’s stinging guitar work. After that under the radar release, the band will be making a bigger splash next month with their debut LP Psychic on Matador Records. Judging by the first two tracks released from the record, which you can hear below, the duo are keeping the general feel of the EP while stretching their sound even further. Jaar as usual creates a noisy canvass that is minimal yet gigantic while Harrington’s guitars dart in and out of the shadowy material. There is even some singing. Fleshed out and ready to take on the world, Darkside’s spooky ambiance will be hitting the world on Oct. 8th.
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.
It is going to get weird. Both Marijuana Deathsquads and Beat Detectives will be releasing new records this fall, and both have offered up a preview of their spastic, damaged electronic jam
Marijuana Deathsquads are building off of a growing national presence and will be releasing their most anticipated LP, Oh My Sexy Lord, Oct. 15 on Totally Gross National Product. They released the outstanding Music Rocks EP I & II earlier this year for free, and OMSL lead single “Ewok Sadness” seems to build on that momentum. Starting slow and featuring vocals that are about as clear as we have on record from the group, the band build into whirlwind conclusion that features their usual explosion of noise, drums and effect-strangled vocals.
Beat Detectives are a local duo that have officially only put out one tape, but their house-leaning sound has caught the attention of the influential 100% Silk label, who according to the info attached to the video below will be releasing something called Music 2 at some point in the near future. It is a big step for this local group, and the song released with the announcement is a twitchy, colorful track that showcases the groups slippery beats, garbled vocals and colorful grooves. More info on the release as we receive it.
Marijuana Deathsquads are headlining the Totally Gross National Product showcase this Saturday at Icehouse.
I mostly know the one woman band U.S. Girls from her noisy and great record U.S. Girls on KRAAK from a few years back, but that exposure didn’t lead me to expect the doo-wop pop goodness that are the two lead singles for her forthcoming Free Advice Column EP. “Overtime” sounds like a a lost, damaged Motown song dragged through a muddy pit of fuzz. “28 Days” is less ambitious than the amazing “Overtime,” but still a pop gem scrubbed a bit of the noise and chaos so omnipresent in U.S. Girl’s older work. If the first two singles are any indication, Free Advice Column has the makings to be a breakout release for U.S. Girls….whether longtime fans think this is a good thing or not is TBD.
A new track comes tied with some pretty exciting news for local trio No Bird Sing. “Don’t Think” is the first taste of Definition Sickness, their forthcoming LP on Sage Francis’s indie-rap label Strange Famous Records (B. Dolan, Buck 65, Sage, etc). The song continues the bands history of dark, minimalist soundscapes dragged through a dark alley by the gruff, world-weary rhymes of Joe Horton. The album, out Nov. 12, features a smattering of local names you’ll recognize, but the debut single finds the group joined by their new label head on a simmering track. It is cool hearing Sage Francis on a NBS joint and great for this hardworking local group to get some national muscle to push out their next record. More on the full record as we get info, but dive into “Don’t Think” below.
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.
Since releasing their outstanding debut LP a few years back, and getting a second look when they re-released it, Aussie garage heroes Royal Headache have been painfully quiet. We got them here last year for some shows, but new material has been hard to come by. As part of the Matador singles series, that drought has mercifully come to an end. Listen below to the sweet, more reserved “Stand and Stare,” back by the more frantic, dizzying “Give it all to me.” Both show the band still have their talent for writing slightly fuzzy ear candy. The band don’t try to reinvent the wheel as they blaze through garage rock nirvana, serving as a three-chord temple for lead singer Shogan to rise above with his powerful pipes. Glad to hear them back—hopefully we won’t have to wait two more years to get four more minutes of music.
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.