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[STREAM] Halmos – “Datura”

Halmos’ debut EP is 5 tracks of blunt, thick sludge metal delivered with a stoner rock ethos.  The songs are centered around dense riffs generously stretched across mostly 5+ minute running times, with the tempos rarely rising above a crawl.  It’s stoner metal pared down to its most essential elements.  Lean, bruising opener “Datura” is the best of the lot.  Stream it below, and buy the whole thing for $5 over at Halmos’ Bandcamp.

The band is celebrating the release with a headlining show at The Masquerade tonight.  Order of the Owl, Demonaut, and Wolves and Jackals round out a solid as hell local metal lineup.  Admission is free, and the band will be selling a limited edition of 20 signed and numbered physical editions of the EP.


[MP3] The District Attorneys – “Confusion of Trust”

The first single from The District Attorneys’ forthcoming full length moves the band’s California country rock sound a little closer to classic power pop.  “Confusion of Trust” squeezes vocal harmonies and hand claps into a sun-drenched package that breezes by in a tidy 3 minutes.  When I wrote about the band’s last EP, I worried that too much studio time might take away from their characteristic warmth.  I had nothing to be concerned about; the added layer of polish just brightens the colors.  This is tight, economical songwriting, but there’s an off-the-cuff vibe here that lends the song an appealingly shaggy mood.

Download “Confusion of Trust” below.  Slowburner (the band’s full length debut) will be out on April 24th.  You can catch the band tomorrow night at The Masquerade opening for Moon Taxi and Apache Relay.

[MP3] The District Attorneys – “Confusion of Trust”

Valentine’s Day Pop Up Show at Mint Gallery

Flyer after the jump.

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This week’s shows (2/13/12-2/19/12)

Royal Baths, Abby Gogo, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – Tuesday (2/14), 529, free.

San Francisco’s Royal Baths released Litanies back in late 2010, a nasty little collection of garage rock dirges that didn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserved.  I can’t say I’ve spent much time with followup Better Luck Next Life yet, but it’s definitely in the same vein.  Maybe a little less grimy, but still plenty of bite, the overcast counterpoint to the sunnier garage rock practiced by Bay Area contemporaries like The Fresh & Onlys.  It’s also nice to see Abby Gogo out of hiatus and playing shows again, and Spirits… are always worth a look.


The Togas, GG King, COPS – Thursday (2/16), The Earl, $10.

The Togas are a supergroup cover band formed specifically for this year’s Bruise Cruise Festival, which wraps up today in Miami.  The band features Ty Segall, along with members of Shannon & the Clams, Reigning Sound, and The Strange Boys, and their repertoire includes songs from Buddy Holly, Redd Kross, and The Temptations.  Kind of a novelty, sure, but it should still be fun.


Man Forever, Plasma Expander – Sunday (2/19), 529, free.

Kid Millions has been prolifically cranking out expansive psych/kraut explorations for over a decade as the drummer for Brooklyn vets Oneida, but he didn’t get around to putting out solo records until the last couple of years.  His solo efforts are released under the name Man Forever, and they consist almost entirely of manic drum freak outs.  There are touches of unidentified skronk every now and again, but it’s mostly all drums all the time, like a free jazz boombox trapped in a paint shaker.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

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[STREAM] Shook Foil – “Little Significance”

Shook Foil are worth keeping an eye on.  The 5 songs on the Little Significance EP show a confident band finding room to breathe within the overworked boundaries of guitar/bass/drums indie rock.  This is slippery, dynamic guitar pop, packed with big, dynamic shifts and an excellent sense of restraint.  Their flexible jangle is paired with genuinely thoughtful lyrics that stick as strongly as the melodies.  It’s a little wordy at times, but most of the words are worth hearing.  Really promising stuff.

Stream the EP’s title track below, and the buy the whole thing here.

[STREAM] Nomen Novum – “Briar Hills”

The collision of caffeinated loops, bright guitar lines, and oddball lyrics produces some truly singular moments on If You Look For It, It’s There, the latest full length from local pop alchemist Nomen Novum. The songs are incredibly detailed, built brick by brick with sampled snatches of sound that add up to a shiny, dizzying whole. It always feels like there are thousands of gears spinning below the surface. Just listen to “Briar Hills,” which begins as something like idyllic glitch-folk before slowly melting into ambient sound collage in the final two minutes. Constantly shifting, always engaging.

Stream “Briar Hills” below, and get the whole album for free here.

This week’s shows (2/7/12-2/12/12)

Thurston Moore, San Agustin – Wednesday (2/8), The Goat Farm, $15.

With the future of Sonic Youth in jeopardy, it’s good to see Thurston Moore keeping busy.  Last year’s Demolished Thoughts is probably the quietest album he’s ever released, but it’s far from the pensive strum of most acoustic singer-songwriter efforts.  He approaches his instrument much the same way he does on late period Sonic Youth albums, just with less volume and the support of a string section.  The new songs sounded great in the afternoon sun at Pitchfork last year, so I’m assuming they’ll sound even better on a what should be beautiful night at The Goat Farm.

Natural Child, Turf War, The Boom Bang – Friday (2/10), 529, free.

Nashville’s Natural Child play bluesy stoner punk that exists in an alternate universe where the last four decades of music never existed.  It’s simple and sincere, with their best moments carrying the same pure rock charge that also buoys labelmates JEFF the Brotherhood.  Kindred spirits Turf War could pass as their drunker Atlanta cousins.

CJ Boyd, Nerdkween, Rabbis – Sunday (2/12), The Cut, $5.

Journeyman experimentalist CJ Boyd builds billowing soundscapes out of looped bass.  It’s minimal stuff, but not inaccessible or dryly academic.  Little Advances favorite Nerdkween is on the bill, too, bringing singer-songwriter chops matched with a fondness for tape hiss and other avant flourishes.  The show is going down at The Cut, a Reynoldstown salon by day that occasionally turns into a pretty cool performance space at night.  This should make for a soothing cap to the weekend.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

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