Sharkmuffin, Def. GRLS, Stringer, The Wants, Taottss
Tuesday January 31, 7:30 pm at The Knitting Factory: $10
Here’s a great way to get an early-week jumpstart on shaking out your iHunch, and you don’t even have to drop lunch-times-three to attend an oversold yoga class where you will probably just get a black eye anyway after getting kicked in the face by some newly enlightened finance bro trying to hold flying crow pose. (You know the type: he invaded your yoga class after joining Pantsuit Nation on Facebook and buying a bunch of expensive safety pins.) Sharkmuffin is a super magnetic, neu garge, and occasionally surf rock-strumming threesome (or “glam-grunge,” as they prefer) who balance hard partying with “opti-mystic” vibes.
Open your ears wide for “a lo-fi schizophrenic beach party glitter monster”called Def. GRLS. This wonky little rock band started out as devotees of Sgt. Pepper-style manic LSD-popping playfulness on their EP, before converting to an entirely new practice of a very strange but no less intriguing blend of apocalyptic doo-wop and auto-tuned death disco. Check out their single “The Four Horsemen of the Acapulcolypse,” released last summer, and you may or may not be down with the band’s conviction: “The end of the world is such fun.”
Sexy Neighbors, Ted’s Dead, White Rope
Tuesday January 31, 8 pm at Alphaville: $10
Last week B+B premiered the freshest track Sexy Neighbors has to offer, their single “Flickering” from their new EP LIHC which, by the way, drops today. If you’re down, swipe a copy from Kings Highway Records. The band made a smart move by releasing their baby on a cassette tape, so you can easily slip it into your back pocket if you pick one up at the show tonight, which we trust that you already have marked off on your calendar.
Support comes from the fet lifers of White Rope, buzzy synth punks with bondage-heavy tracks like “Let me Die”– a cute little song with a refrain that goes: “stabbing out the eyes, a thousand children cry, let me die.” We imagined if White Rope filmed a Purple Rain-style semi-autobiographical docu drama they would call it Revenge of the Queers.
Also frantic punked out tunes from Ted’s Dead.
Infinity Girl, Grist, Decorum
Wednesday February 1, 8 pm at The Silent Barn: $8
Newgaze is so in right now it seems, and Infinity Girl is wholeheartedly on that tip with their dreamy, amorphous tunes that are down to dissipate any anxiety that I somehow get the feeling a lot of us are experiencing right now.
Equally spacey sounds will emanate from Grist who are certainly in a similar vein, but with the added charm of a prominent, plucky post-punk bass. If this band had an aura it would be black, all black owing to their irresistible passion for all things goth.
The opening act, Decorum, ensures that this rainy night starts out right with their sonic equivalent of an ice cold grave.
Wild Arrows, Shining Mirrors, Frame
Thursday February 2, 8 pm at Berlin: $10
If you’re in the mood for emotive pop music, you should probably get to know Wild Arrows. They’re fronted by the tearjerking whinny of Mike Law, whose voice vibrates like a very upset Robert Smith against an ice-cold synth pop wave backdrop. The sharp synth strikes and muffled, otherworldly blips created by Law and his partner Yasmin Reshamwala offer a striking contrast to overflowing hearts, beating with all their strength against the hollow, infinite darkness.
Don’t be fooled by their name, Shining Mirrors are far from the one-glove cold wave act you might assume they are– actually, they eschew fashionable nonsense and proudly “create music under the rock umbrella.” Right on. Let’s hope that their live show is similar to scrolling through their Soundcloud, which feels a lot like leaning over a juke box with a pocket full of Sacajaweas and only playing good song. Don’t miss stripped down ’80s pop from the opening band, Frame.