Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WAX IDOLS TONIGHT @ HIGHLINE



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
AT HIGHLINE
210 BROADWAY E

WAX IDOLS
You could say that a lot has happened since the release of Wax Idols’ critically well-received 2013 album, Discipline + Desire, and if you’re steeped in the shorthand of music criticism go-to narratives, it would be dangerously easy to get reductive about what happened next: The band’s singer-songwriter, Hether Fortune, supported the album as best she could, spent some time in 2014 as a touring player in White Lung, went through a heartbreaking divorce, and then sat down to make American Tragic – the band’s long-awaited third album and first for Collect Records. But that’s not exactly how it went.

“Divorce is a part of this record, yes, but this is not an entirely sad album,” Fortune explains. “The whole spectrum of grief is represented here — shock, pain, anger, loneliness, and then finding a way to work through all of that and not only survive, but thrive. That’s what I was going through. I was trying to save myself.”

Indeed, this is not only a deeply personal record, but a chiefly independent one: As a songwriter and true multi-instrumentalist, Fortune wrote and recorded everything but the drums on American Tragic — a feat only bolstered by the album’s compelling performances and meticulous execution, but a little known fact nonetheless. Co-produced by Fortune and Monte Vallier (Weekend, Mark Eitzel, The Soft Moon, Vaniish), the only other player on this record is drummer Rachel Travers. But it’s also a meditation on an idea that Fortune has been playing with over the entire arc of Wax Idols’ discography, and that is the notion that personhood is neither fixed nor consistent: We can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. As Fortune points out here, even America, for all its symbolism and mythic value, also rests in tragedy.

THEM ARE US TOO
dense texture emotional resonance

CHARMS
postunk//noise//synthpunk

DEAD SPELLS
death sounds

9pm $10adv $12dos 21+




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

SALAD BOYS (Trouble In Mind Records from NZ), PROM QUEEN, EPHRATA + RED RIBBON THIS FRIDAY AT HIGHLINE



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
AT HIGHLINE
210 BROADWAY E

SALAD BOYZ (Christchurch, NZ)
Salad Boys came together at the end of 2012 with members from other illustrious Christchurch groups T54, Bang! Bang! Eche! and the Dance Asthmatics. Recorded, the Salad Boys are deceivingly charming, presenting a careful but curious balance of well-informed pop melodies, hypnotizing rhythms and heady instrumentation. The group’s self-titled mini-album released in 2013 caused something of a mini-sensation, receiving praise from the likes of Stolen Girlfriends Club, Mess and Noise,hhhhappy.com and many more. In real life, the Salad Boys perform a wondrous assault: a charged up blitz of clanging guitars, intoxicating drones, head-down acid repetition and an abundance of dazzling pop hooks. This notoriety has scored the group a wealth of engagements up and down New Zealand including slots at the Camp a Low Hum and Chronophonium festivals, gigs with Sebadoh, The Bats, & Parquet Courts as well as a highly honorable spot performing as backing band for David Kilgour of legendary NZ group The Clean. 2015 finds the band prepping their proper full-length debut "Metalmania" out in September on Chicago label, Trouble In Mind Records.

PROM QUEEN
Dream//Surf//Retro//Lounge//Exotica

EPHRATA
Sometimes swirly, sometimes peppy, always dreamy. Ephrata was formed in 2011 when Seattle musician Brady Hall met Skadi von Reis and they collaborated on some recordings. Jules Jones and Ben Bromage joined in to form the full band in 2012 and they played their first show in early 2013. They focus on sugary cascades of vocal harmony, lush soundscapes of shoegazey guitar, and sixties "wall of sound" power mixed with dream pop and psychedelia. In addition to playing around the Seattle area they also record their own music, make their own videos and take their own photos.

RED RIBBON
dark feelings

9pm $8adv $10dos 21+

Advance Tix available here: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/966127




Thursday, October 8, 2015

RADIOACTIVITY, LOW CULTURE, VAPID, BAD FUTURE & TERMAN SHANKS TONIGHT



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
AT BLACK LODGE & VICTORY LOUNGE

RADIOACTIVITY
Seems pretty safe to assume that almost no one doubted Radioactivity's ability to follow up their 2013 Dirtnap debut with something equally stunning. Frontman and chief songwriter Jeff Burke (The Marked Men, The Reds, The Potential Johns) has certainly done more than enough to earn that kind of expectation and pressure. But Silent Kill, which finds Burke backed by Marked Men compatriot Mark Ryan and two-thirds of Bad Sports (Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford), does more than merely match the virtues of its self-titled predecessor. Radioactivity's first LP was rightly hailed as a sort of sequel to The Marked Men's remarkable run through the first decade of the millennium, and while Silent Kill bears the unmistakable hallmarks of that band's tightly wound "Denton sound," Radioactivity can now lay claim to a sonic territory of their very own. Burke's distinctive hooks dig as deep as ever, but the scope of his vision has expanded, and now that the Burke/Ryan/Fried/Rutherford all-star team has had some time to cohere, Radioactivity can do all sorts of damage in less than thirty minutes. Although the twelve songs on Silent Kill abide one strict rule--providing garage punk pleasure at all costs--Radioactivity bend that mandate in myriad ways. Breathless ragers like "Battered" and "No Alarm" are as fleet and raw as anything in the combined canon of Radioactivity's members, while mid-tempo heartbreakers "Way Out," "Connection" and "Where I Come From" find Burke and company opening up their sound to let in a little tenderness. And then there are songs like "Not Here" or "With You," which enact perfect unions of melody and kinetic energy. Admirers of Burke's legacy will be not only satisfied, but pleasantly surprised.

LOW CULTURE
scrappy melodic garagepunk from members of The Marked Men and Shang-A-Lang

VAPID (Vancouver, BC)
doomy van garage punx

BAD FUTURE

TERMAN SHANKS

8:30pm // DSWSP


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HOMESHAKING IN SHEER AGONY ALL NIGHT, MISTER


THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

HOMESHAKE (Montreal)
Homeshake is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. As follow up to his 2014 debut In the Shower, Homeshake will release his sophomore effort Midnight Snack this coming fall with Sinderlyn.

Midnight Snack was recorded this past winter with Jackson MacIntosh at the Drones club in Montreal. Musically this time around Sagar trades in his guitar for synthesizers and a drum machine, developing vocal arrangements from loops he created for solo set. He pulled influence from house pioneers like Chip E and Mr. Fingers as well as Japanese pop starlets like Chiemi Manabe, slowing down the tempo with his own homemade drowsiness. The resulting collection is an eclectic tangle of personal anecdotes steeped in an everlasting reverence of D’Angelo and R Kelly.

Much of the record was written following Sagar’s dizzying time on the road as touring guitarist with Mac Demarco, reflecting on the loneliness the plagued him towards the end of his run and the longing for life back home in Montreal. Sagar left the band to focus on his own music and to rebuild the infrastructure of his life. While many of the new tracks meander through anxiety and melancholy it is also a witness to a return to safety. 

There is a reoccurring theme for Sagar of pulling inward throughout the record. He casts a wide net and fills it with a multitude of musical influences and international tour dates then slows it down a few tempos and builds something humble around it. Throughout the record he peppers in a deep appreciation for the meals prepared by his girlfriend Salina and the simple pleasure of a midnight snack before curling up in bed next to the person you love.

SHEER AGONY (Montreal)
Sheer Agony started in the winter of 2010 as a recording project between the guitar-playing half of Play Guitar, Jackson MacIntosh and Christian Simmons. The two had been working on building an analog recording studio for the better part of a year, and after acquiring a 1” tape machine from a guy in rural Quebec and the spring reverb unit from the studio The Sonics recorded in, they started recording some of MacIntosh’s songs, which tend towards eccentric guitar pop in the vein of the Soft Boys, the dB’s, Sell Out-era Who, Todd Rundgren, and the Homosexuals. 

MR NIGHT SKY
indie-folk-pop // ex-Rose Windows

9pm $8 21+


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LVL UPSET


WEDNESDAY, JULY 29
AT BLACK LODGE

LVL UP (NYC)
In October of 2011, 20 year old students Mike Caridi (guitar) and Dave Benton (guitar) formed both LVL UP and a young independent record label called Double Double Whammy in Purchase, NY. Originally a bedroom recording project of Mike and Dave, LVL UP quickly grew into a five-piece rock and roll band with the addition Nick Corbo (bass), Greg Rutkin (drums), and Ben Smith (guitar). The five saw the cassette release of their first full length, “Space Brothers” October of 2011, on Benton and Caridi’s new label Double Double Whammy, and on vinyl early in 2012 on Philadelphia label, Evil Weevil Records. While the band laid low for most of 2012 playing only a handful of shows, the album drew modest attention and garnered a small cult following in the Northeast and New England.

LVL UP parted ways with Ben Smith in 2012 as he continued his educational endeavors elsewhere. At the end of the year, the band entered the studio to record a new batch of songs titled “Extra Worlds”, which was released on 7" via Double Double Whammy. 2013 was a big year for LVL UP, playing almost 100 shows in the year, completing several US tours, and following up “Extra Worlds” with a split 7" alongside NYC band, Porches. The band started 2014 on a high note, touring first with Pity Sex (Run For Cover) and then Saintseneca (ANTI), all while managing the DDW record label from the road, as they prepared for the release of the Frankie Cosmos “Zentropy” LP.

Almost three years after the release of their first full length, “Space Brothers”, LVL UP entered the studio several times attempting to complete their sophomore album, “Hoodwink’d”. Completed in June 2014, “Hoodwink’d” showcases the evolution of style by the three primary songwriters, Benton, Caridi, and Corbo since the release of their first LP. Drawing influences from 90’s indie rock, 80’s new wave and 70’s power pop, the young boys have created an album that is stylistically diverse yet cohesive. “Hoodwink’d” will be released on Exploding in Sound and Double Double Whammy on September 23, 2014.

LVL UP has toured with bands such as Pile, Saintseneca, Big Ups, Ovlov & Little Big League, and shared the stage with bands such as Real Estate, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Bomb the Music Industry, Into It Over It, Japanther and Joyce Manor.

UPSET (Los Angeles)
beautiful pop-punk from LA featuring members of HOLE, Vivian Girls, Best Coast, Slutever & Benny the Jet Rodriguez

NEIGHBORS
pop shredders

TRASHLORD
powerslop trash rokk

8:30pm // DSWSP


Thursday, July 23, 2015

COCK BLOCK PARTY: BLOCK THAT FUCKIN COCK





IT'S THE NARWHAL/UNICORN COCK BLOCK PARTY BROUGHT TO YOU BY DASWASUP GIG

FEATURING A WEEKEND OF $FREE$ AIR CONDITIONED GIGS DURING THE CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

Fri, July 24
8:30 - 9:10 Cumulus
9:30 - 10:10 Chris Brokaw
10:30 - 11:10 dræmhouse

Sat, July 25
9:30 - 10:10 The Boss Martians
10:30 - 11:10 Bottlenose Koffins

Sun, July 26
9:00 - 9:40 Witch Ripper
10:00 - 10:40 Dogs of War
11:00 - 11:40 Paralyzer
12:00 - 12:40 Black Wizard

EVERY GIG IS FREE AND 21+


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SPOCK PARTY FUCKS YOUR BLOCK PARTY RIGHT IN IT'S USELESS FACE

I'm gonna say this here, where hardly anyone ever looks, cuz I gotta get something off my chest but I don't wanna make a big stink about it.

I FUCKING HATE CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

...and if I ever find that genie at the bottom of my tequila bottle I'm gonna wish the entire CHBP out of existence. The entire thing is disgusting and wrong. I'm not into pushing my opinions on people but I literally BEG YOU to think about it. Why would someone hate Block Party? Seriously, think about it. I'm gonna gonna tell you why. You figure it out on your own, dummy.

DASWASUPGIG is giving you THREE alternatives to big money corporate bullshit music fests this summer. I'm promoting this Spock Party along with my friends in several heavy bands as well as bringing you the Narwhal/Unicorn Cock Block Party which is all culminating into ROACHELLA. Pay attention. Try it on. You're probably going to like it a whole lot. If not, there will always be some big bullshit music fest for your dumb ass to spend $500 at. Either way, have some fun cuz that's all I've got to offer.

SO ANYWAY...


Some folks just don't want to climb that hill to go to that party on the block. We are teaming to bring you SPOCK PARTY. It's simple, dress as your favorite starfleet officer (Or make one up. Imagination knows no limits.). Plain and simple. More details to come:

BLACK LODGE

X Suns
Some bands sing about a bunch of Argle Bargle. Not X Suns. Their level of layers and volume will take you back to simpler times on Ceti Alpha.

THE DITCH AND THE DELTA
Salt Lake City heavy doom laden rock music. If you close your eyes, you would swear they were from Seattle. Phasers set to fun.

Noyes
Youngens from LA playing banging noise rock. Powered by Dilithium crystal meth.

Dryland
"Dance on the pelts of your enemies, drunk on the blood of a jaguar..." - Lieutenant Commander Data

VICTORY LOUNGE

Heavy Petting
Comparisons to TORTOISE and RUSSIAN CIRCLES. Chekov's favorite band

Audrey Horne
Instrumental Warbirds of mayhem and destruction


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I WILL LITERALLY DIE FOR POP PUNK


TUESDAY, JULY 21
AT VICTORY LOUNGE
433 EASTLAKE AVE E

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD (Los Angeles)
power pop // punkk // ex-Big In Japan, The Gain + more

SLOW CODE
dirge-punk power trio // overcaffeinated, pensive, dissonant.

DAD JOKES
the catchiest and most irreverent pop-punk you'll hear this side of the early 90's // not to be missed

9pm $7 21+


Sunday, July 5, 2015

GIG THE NARWHAL


SUNDAY, JULY 5
AT NARWHAL
1118 E PIKE ST

GUTLESS
Lisa Prank + Chastity Belt = GUTLESS! Math!

CROSSS (Toronto)
psychedelic metal // futurist grunge

HOMEBODY (Denver)
pop jangle // punkk bliss

BIG PREIST
big fuzz poppin // hvy tunes for good moods // ex-FF

9pm $8 21+