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