This week’s shows (11/15/2010-11/21/2010)

Future Islands


Monday (11/15/2010): Brooklyn’s Liturgy signed to venerable indie label Thrill Jockey last week and stirred up some debate about the increasing overlap between indie rock and metal (specifically black metal, as that’s what Liturgy specializes in).  Is there an actually increasing intersection between the two, or are there just a handful of metal bands (Liturgy, Krallice, various bands from the Southern Lord roster) that are exclusively playing indie venues to crowds full of skinny jeans?  Does it even matter?  Liturgy’s one of those crossover bands, and their show at The Earl tonight should be a good one.  Locals Uberchriist and Wolves & Jackals open (the former of which will also probably be hit with the “hipster metal” tag if they ever break out).  If you could care less about metal’s place in indie rock, there’s a great free option over at 529:  The North Trolls, This Piano Plays Itself, and The Future Now.

Tuesday (11/16/2010): Slow night.  There’s Tornado Town and Fletcher C. Johnson at 529, and not much else.

Wednesday (11/17/2010): If you’re at all familiar with this blog, you probably know I’m a huge fan of Baltimore’s Future Islands.  If you missed them both times they played 529 earlier this year, you get another chance this week at Eyedrum.  The openers are great, too:  Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker played a strong set of rootsy, punk-inflected indie to a too-small crowd at 529 back in July.  Locals Nomen Novum and Battlemoon II open as well.

Thursday (11/18/2010): The $35 tickets for Grinderman‘s show at Variety Playhouse might be steep, but how many chances are you going to get to see this project live?  Nick Cave doesn’t exactly tour that hard with the Bad Seeds, either, so scarcity is a good enough reason to justify the price.  Thereminist Armen Ra opens.  After that show’s over, head up the street to Star Bar and catch whatever is left of the free Back Pockets/Lera Lynn/Night Driving in Small Towns show.  Past experience with both venues suggests you’ll be able to catch the majority of both shows.

Friday (11/19/2010): Maserati, Royal Thunder, and Brainworlds at The Earl should be great, but I’ll probably be down the street at 529 for Small Reactions 7″ release show with Sorry No Ferrari, Sons of Thor, and The Tar Bay Beez.  Look for a review of that 7″ here tomorrow.  There’s also Nashville synth-poppers How I Became the Bomb at Star Bar, with Shovels and Rope and Goldstein.

Saturday (11/20/2010): Tonight was supposed to be all about Baltimore’s Double Dagger at The Earl, but they had to cancel their tour due to a family emergency.  Local openers Knaves Grave are now headlining, and the cover has been knocked down to $5. Mood Rings and Soft Powers open.  Wowser Bowser plays an EP release show at the Drunken Unicorn with This Piano Plays Itself, Co Co Ri Co, and Sunspots.  And finally, Roman Photos play a 7″ release show at 529 with Thy Mighty Contract and current local faves Qurious.

Sunday (11/21/2010): Little Tybee will play hangover-friendly music for your degenerate ass at The Earl during the afternoon.  Later that night you can catch Junip (featuring Jose Gonzalez) and Sharon Van Etten at the same venue.  Van Etten is totally hangover friendly, too, in addition to being totally awesome.

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