Synthicide: Three-Year Anniversary
Thursday January 4, 10 pm to 4 am at Bossa Nova Civic Club: FREE
Even if right now the weather’s making you feel like your bones will never dry, your shoes will always be soggy, and that possibly your muscles will continue spazzing forever and ever, hold on for two more days. And in the mean time, repeat over and over “Free, free at last!” Slowly, your hands will start to defrost, color will return to your face, and a your eyes will even start to twinkle. By the time Thursday rolls around you can let it all out, by placing your booty on the Bossa Nova dance floor as soon as you’re able for the venue’s third annual Synthicide party.
The rotating celebration of electro-X music, specializes in what the organizers describe as a “a melange of industrial, EBM, new wave, italo, new wave, coldwave, oldschool techno + anything else synthetic.” Sounds… perfect. with the promise of “fog machines and laser rays.”
DJs include the party’s mastermind Andi Harriman, L. Sangre (“rhythmic body music” and old-school Acid House) and for the first time at Bossa, Silent Servant (electro-goth sounds from the co-founder of Sandwell District, also record label Jealous God).
Runny, Mighty High, Star Spangles, Trashy, The Whores
Tuesday January 3, 8 pm at Saint Vitus: $12
It’s super awesome to see all these benefit shows happening in the wake of the election, but this Doctors Without Borders fundraising show happening tonight at Saint Vitus is actually the 11th time around for Runny, a thrashy band from Brooklyn that goes rather long and hard on the S&M themes (their latest album art is the California bear wearing a ball gag– Cah-uuute!) but just so happens to host a holiday benefit show every year. See, even freaks can give a shit. With songs like “Ass Prince” and “Drug Orgy” (also, my personal favorite, “I Wanna Fuck You and Kill Myself”)– these guys (and one girl) really know how to let out some pent-up sexual fury.
The Whores, on the other hand, (not to be confused with Atlanta-based noise rock band Whores) describe themselves as “a darker, more dangerous Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for your inner Voodoo Child.” Sounds great, but their name alone– a natural pairing with Runny– conjures enough horrible imagery to make you wanna blast feedback into your ears until the nightmarish visions go away.
And just to confuse the hell out of you, there’s Mighty High, a Jerry Garcia tribute band, on the bill.
Flower Girl, Sloppy Jane, War Cries, and The Pizza Boys
Wednesday January 4, 8 pm at Shea Stadium: $8
This show’s packin’ the girl power in with a couple of stellar headliners that may not be 100-percent Virginia-driven, but they’re certainly giving off some pungent femme vibes, albeit in two very different flavors. Flower Girl puts a fun twist on the usual rah-rah macho garage rock we’re so sick of hearing with their unabashed love for wide-eyed ’60s pop-psychedelia a la The Beatles, and cut it with two fat lines of Silver Jews-like lyricism. Is it cutesy? A bit. But we’re hooked either way.
Judging by the opening parts to “Darling Nikki,” Sloppy Jane might seem like a buncha LA girls prone to giggle fits, but crack em open and what comes pouring out is righteous rock music that’s a little bit wicked, a lotta bit Robert Altman’s Three Women, and alllll Jennifer Herrema (B+B caught up with her majesty of Royal Trux last year) and a bag of sour-cream n’ onion potato chips.
And holy Lux Interior! The Pizza Boys are it, and if anyone else is thinking what I’m thinking, than you suspect that they might turn into one-third of The Cramps at any moment. We’ll be munching on those chips till we find out.