Upcoming Concerts: LOVE HATE HERO, WOLFMOTHER, GATSBY’S AMERICAN DREAM, ROOMFUL OF BLUES
Killradio, Love Hate Hero
With the proliferation of genres crossbreeding with other genres like so many feral street creatures, ‘emo metalcore’ is just one more ‘chocolate on my peanut butter’ instance of musics that mate fairly well because they are emotionally similar (read: marketed to angry white pre-pubescent boys). Even though they’re from California, LoveHateHero’s 2005 debut, Just Breathe, is not the hippy-dippy new age trip the title might imply. Conversely, Kill Radio is more upfront in their name letting you know what type of music they are: old-fashioned hardcore punk. Last year they had the honor of opening for Jello Biafrra and the Melvins.
May 23, Captain’s Quarters
May 24: Ogden, UT (Club Boomva)
May 25: Denver, CO (Bluebird Theater)
Wolfmother, Deadboy & the Elephantmen
THE hot band of the moment, Australian trio Wolfmother packs a 70’s proto-metal bunch in its true power trio lineup. For once a retro band of recent note picks an interesting niche, that moment at the fault line between two decades, the late 60’s and early 70’s right in between the fading flower of psychedelia and the full onslaught of heavy metal in deadly earnest. Their eponymous (that’s a rock critic wordage for “album same name as band”) Interscope debut even has faux mystical creature cover art ala the decade that gave us such megaliths as Emerson Lake & Palmer and Yes. They wear their influences on their sleeves well, but the real challenge will be in a year or two, to see whether their next one evokes terms like ‘sophomore slump.’ Deadboy and the Elephantmen is an esoteric side project for ex Agents of Oblivion/Acid Bath singer/guitarist Dax Riggs, with a cast of similar eccentric characters.
May 23, Club Sound
Gatsby’s American Dream, Forgive Durden, Horse the Band, Portugal the Man
Jay Gatsby was, of course, the chief protagonist in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, often cited as ‘the great American novel.’ In the hands of an indie punk band, the title has to be read as ironic, a signpost of dreams gone sour. But then punk rock, in it’s own way, is as idealistic as any other art form. If not in the purity of motives of the participants, then the purity of the stylistic conventions of the genre itself. Horse the Band would distinguish itself in its nomenclature from horse, the four-legged animal you ride, one presumes. The post-hardcore genre of ‘Nintendocore(?)’ virtually guarantees them to be memorable, with their emo screams and instrumental noises sometimes seemingly sourced from insect or interstellar realms. This is no ‘horse with no name.’ Portugal the Man, seemingly destined to tour with (and possibly ride?) HtM has a name a result of trying to create a band identity as large as a mythical creature? Their harder edged indie music has yet to carve them such a memorable niche, but at least they aim high. Seattle act Forgive Durden shows that pop rock can also come from the sometimes gloomy Pacific Northwest.
May 24, Avalon Theatre
May 23: Boise, ID (The Venue)
May 25: Denver, CO (Marquis Theater)
Roomful of Blues
Some bands are more than just a musical group; they’re an institution. Such is the case with Roomful of Blues. Founded eons ago, in 1967 by legendary blues guitarist Duke Robillard and pianist Al Copley. Initially purveying the blues-rock of the period, they sound mutated into old traditional blues with full horn section. Through numerous lineup changes and Grammy nominations the group has stayed true to its bluesy soul, and this is the ticket for anyone to come and bear witness to the sheer overwhelming power of a truly American music.
May 24, The Depot