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This week’s shows (5/2/2011-5/8/2011)

JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, The Clap, Chandu’s – Tuesday, 5/3/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

JEFF the Brotherhood and Heavy Cream (both from Nashville) are easily two of my favorite touring bands at the moment.  JEFF fuses thick stoner rock riffs with krauty rhythmic fluidity, while Heavy Cream plays catchy, aggressive punk, with a frontwoman who completely owns the stage.  Both are totally can’t-miss bands.  Locals The Clap and Chandu’s open.

Dead Rabbits

Dead Rabbits (EP release show), Mountain Lion, The Grenadines – Friday, 5/6/2011 – The Drunken Unicorn

I’ve been a fan of Dead Rabbits for a little while now, but they have always been the kind of band that required a “they’re better live” qualification.  That’s no longer the case after their new A Record to Break EP, six great songs that find them settling into a sound and finally capturing the energy of their live shows.  Help them celebrate its release on Friday along with Mountain Lion and The Grenadines, and look for a proper review in the next few days.

Qurious (credit: Moe Castro)

Little Advances House Party, with Qurious and New Animal – Saturday, 5/7/2011 – 1268 Portland Ave

Come party with us.  There’s no cover, and we’ll have live music in the backyard from two of the city’s best young bands, Qurious and New Animal.  Plus, the music starts early, so you can come hang out, catch both bands, then still have time to make it to The Earl for Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun or 529 for Coliseum.  Feel free to wander back over after those shows wrap up, too.  I’ll remind you again later in the week.  RSVP here.

Del the Funky Homosapien

Del the Funky Homosapien, Clan Destined, The Nice Guise, Ethereal – 5/8/2011 – The Five Spot

Underground hip hop stalwart Del the Funky Homosapien is playing an inexplicably free show at The Five Spot on Sunday.  Show up early to make sure you get in, because this one should be incredible.  Locals Clan Destined, The Nice Guise, and Ethereal get things started.

500 Songs for Kids (various bands, check schedule) – 5/2/2011 through 5/6/2011 – Smith’s Olde Bar

The Songs for Kids Foundation is a non-profit that brings music to kids in need.  500 Songs for Kids is their annual benefit that features 500 bands playing 500 songs over the course of 10 days.  It wraps up this week, and there are a bunch of great locals contributing songs.  There’s bound to be someone you like playing on any give night,  so check the nightly schedule here and go support a good cause.


Hopscotch Festival has an insane lineup

Raleigh, NC’s Hopscotch Music Festival just announced its lineup, and this is definitely worth a road trip.  The festival takes place September 8-10, and the lineup is great mix of long-running experimental acts, rising indie bands, and old school indie rock royalty.  It’s a walking festival with a bunch of participating venues, but there are two “headlining” shows that take place outdoors on Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s big show is headlined by Guided By Voices (who are apparently done with the reunion thing after this fall), with Drive-By Truckers and The Dodos opening.  Saturday features The Flaming Lips, along with Superchunk and The Light Pines.  Tickets to both those shows can be bought separately, too.

Highlights for me are Rhys Chatham, Earth, JEFF the Brotherhood, Mouthus, Future Islands, Prurient, Swans, and Oneohtrix Point Never, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.  The lineup is loaded with great acts, many of which don’t tour all that heavily.

Don’t sleep on this one – VIP tickets sold out in a few hours, so I doubt regular passes last until September.

Full lineup after the jump.

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[VIDEO] JEFF the Brotherhood at 529, 12/31/2010

Here’s a couple of videos from last night’s awesome JEFF the Brotherhood show at 529.  The first video is of them performing Castle Storm cut “I Don’t Need Your Tas-T,” and the second is them wrapping up an epic version of Heavy Days’ “Mind Ride” to close the show.

Happy New Year.

[MP3] JEFF the Brotherhood – Diamond Way

JEFF the Brotherhood @ 529, 7/31/2010

Since JEFF the Brotherhood is playing 529 tonight, I figured now would be a good time to share an MP3 that’s been kicking around for the last week or so.  It’s called “Diamond Way,” and it’s from their forthcoming 2011 release, which is titled We Are the Champions.  That title sounds like a joke at first, but then you pause to consider who you’re dealing with and realize that they’re exactly the sort of band who would name an album We Are the Champions.

This track is unmistakably JEFF, but it has a lighter touch than most of their previous material.  There’s some fist-in-the-air riffing around the halfway point, but it passes fairly quickly, and it’s not the main attraction.  It reminds me of what their buddies Screaming Females did on the recently released Castle Talk – they still let you know they’ve got the chops, but they’re not afraid to let them play a supporting role to the actual songs.

Get the track below, and watch a video of them playing a stripped down version live in a bedroom after the jump.  Then go see them tonight with Predator, Turf War, and Cy Barkley.  It’s free.

Jeff the Brotherhood – “Diamond Way”

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live review: JEFF the Brotherhood, The Coathangers, Heavy Cream @ 529

[EDIT:  This review was shared with Dead Journalist and can also be found here.]

The B.o.B. show at Center Stage wrapped up before 10:30, so I had plenty of time to get over to 529 for the stacked line up of JEFF the Brotherhood, The Coathangers, and Heavy Cream (I missed WYMYNS PRYSYN).

Nashville’s Heavy Cream plays aggressive, catchy punk anchored by an intense frontwoman who looks like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, but wails like Glenn Danzig on Walk Among Us. It’s awesome.

Atlanta locals The Coathangers took the stage next. This was the seventh time I’ve seen them play in 2010, and the setlist has been more or less the same every time. It’s a testament to how strong a live band they are that I’ve never been bored once. If you’ve only heard the albums, you really ought to see them live to get the whole picture. The songs are more raucous live, and they’re remarkably tight for a band that’s been learning on the fly since they got together a few years ago. They start shuffling around instruments about 3/4 of the way through their set, giving drummer Stephanie a chance to come out from behind her kit and go wild for “Cheap Cheap.” Guitarist Julia then gets the same opportunity on “Don’t Touch My Shit,” putting down the guitar because one more instrument would just be overkill anyway. They usually close the set with that, because where do you go from there?

JEFF the Brotherhood (also from Nashville) headlined. The band, which is made up of brothers Jamin and Jake Orrall, has improbably become the most interesting project associated with disbanded Nashville band Be Your Own Pet. When drummer Jamin left BYOP a few years ago to play in JEFF with his singer/guitarist brother Jake, it seemed like a bad career move. BYOP had the critics, Thurston Moore, and overseas audiences in their pocket, and Jamin left to play weirdo punk in the basement with his brother. They gained an audience both in Nashville and out on the DIY circuit, though, and now BYOP has broken up and JEFF is a legitimately emerging indie band in their own right. It helps that last year’s Heavy Days is their most accessible (and best) release to date, but much of their success has got to be due to what a fantastic live band they are.

JEFF’s sound is a combination of catchy stoner riffs, krauty jams, and faux-dumb lyrics that sound like an absurdist take on the early Ramones records. This stuff is made for sweaty basements and tiny rock clubs. On Saturday night, 529 was about as active as I’ve ever seen it. Heavy Cream and The Coathangers had strong receptions, but people started losing their shit over JEFF. Nearly everyone was moving, and there were more than a few crowd surfers.

The final song found the brothers locking into an krautrock rhythm while Jake moved out through the crowd and into the adjoining bar room. He nonchalantly played from atop the bar for awhile before deciding to make his way back to the stage, keeping the groove the entire time. Once he was back on stage, things got heavy again, and those that were still left at 2AM responded appropriately.

JEFF won’t be in venues this small for very much longer. Seek them out while you still have the chance.

Plenty of good shows this week

No more monthly show calendars. Too many changes and omissions that I don’t notice until it’s too late. I might start doing weekly previews, or I might just put up a preview when there’s something I’m particularly excited about. There’s a lot going on this week, so I figured it was worth a post.

-529 has an promising bill tomorrow night. Popular locals Carnivores headline, with intriguing support in the form of Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers and Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker. I had mixed feelings about the last Carnivores set I saw, but I generally like the band and know they’re capable of better. And the openers sweeten the deal considerably.

-There’s a couple of solid options on Thursday. King Congregation plays a free show at Star Bar, while Young Orchids play The Earl with support from Chattanooga’s Moonlight Bride. King Congregation is pretty raw, Moonlight Bride is polished.  Young Orchids are somewhere in between.  Make your decision accordingly.

-Friday’s best option is Thomas Function at Star Bar. They’re exactly the kind of punky, hooky, bullshit-free garage rock that sounds right at home on Star Bar’s stage.

-Saturday has the unbeatable lineup of JEFF the Brotherhood, The Coathangers, and Heavy Cream at 529 (WYMYNS PRYSYN plays, too, but I can’t vouch for them as I haven’t heard ’em). Batusis, featuring punk/proto-punk lifers Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs), should be great at The Earl, too, but you can catch them at Criminal Records for free earlier that afternoon. Attention System plays a free in-store at Criminal on Saturday as well – they play at 4, Batusis at 5.

Boris plays the Masquerade on Sunday. Russian Circles open. Boris is probably one of my 2 or 3 favorite active bands, so I’m kind of cranky that I’ll be out of town for this one. If you’re in town and have even a passing interest in either heavy or experimental music, you have no excuse for missing this.