Brash and relentlessly energetic, East LA’s Criminal Hygiene are a trio of snotty buds that play pop hooks in disguise, littered with loads of reverb and trenchant guitar lines. Fuzz may be the overlying element in their sound, but it’s merely an accouterment to songs that merge somewhere between blissfully ragged and straight up garage rock. Their latest self-titled LP can be described as defiant except that it also coupled with a laconic attitude, piling up one sloppy arrangement after another as if they’re unpreoccupied with the end result. But it’s also refreshingly loose in execution, trying to make sense out of different generations of rock with boundless vigor and with much more swing than its surface implies.
If you’re feeling panicked about being all dressed up with nowhere to go tonight, fret not. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite Halloween-friendly music galas, so get your notepad ready:
No matter which door you pick at 1 Cannery Row tonight, your costume and dance moves will be welcomed with open arms. But we’re torn between "A Gala Of Goblins and Ghouls" (featuring The Features, Heypenny, and Tristan, and the Goldroom) at the Cannery Ballroom or Black 13 Tattoo’s "High Watt Horror Show" with Diamond Rings, Stepdad, Kyle Andrews, and Gold Fields.
Music City Roots has a stacked show featuring: Humming House, The Black Cadillacs, The Dirt Daubers, The Memphis Dawls, and The Owsley Brothers. In addition to an overwhelmingly stellar lineup, the whole thing is taking place in Loveless Barn– which is a fairly festive place to spend Halloween night.
The 5 Spot is hosting their weekly Old-Time Jam night, where you can get your fill of traditional roots music, but rumor has it that this is the place to go if your primary concern tonight is costumes and beer specials.
And last but most certainly never, ever least, No. 308 is hosting a "Halloween DJ Mob" with the likes of DJ Junior, DJ Grandpa, DJ Lonesome, DJ Heath Hanes, and more.
It feels like we’ve been celebrating Halloween for a month now, but the festivities are finally, FINALLY coming to an end, so you better get your party in tonight because you’re going to be spending the next two months with your relatives.
Brooklyn isn’t much known for its singing-to-the-rafters crooners these days. For that kind of anthemic bloodletting, one usually has to look across the Atlantic. Our borough is best known for its host of freaks, and the music usually exists on a planet accessible to only the more experimental among us. Well, Candidate must have had a sort of epiphany with their latest record ‘Psychic Dissonance,’ released a few weeks ago. The album takes these freak worlds and brings them to a place of shared anthemic pleasure.
Tracks like opener ‘April Again’ and ‘Untimely End’ remake psych jams as emotional excavations on par with bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and the genre-hopping Super Furry Animals. A hard group to pin down, they had a solid run at CMJ this year, where We Listen For You voted them one of the top 10 bands of the fest. Keep checking their website for upcoming live show. In the meantime, check out ‘April Again’ below – we just added it to our Soundcloud compilation of the best tracks by emerging NYC bands.
It’s possible that Mikky Ekko will release an album’s-worth of new music through his Soundcloud account before we hear any new information about his forthcoming album– which is fine, in a slow burn sort of way.
This latest release puts Clams Casino behind the production wheel alongside Ekko and the outcome feels like a natural, obvious pairing.
Stream "Pull Me Down" here:
For Mikky Ekko’s other recent post-pop releases, visit his Soundcloud profile. –Brianne Turner
Org: Literati celebrates performance specifically inspired by the literary arts. Producer Singer Mali (of Boston art rock band Jaggery) invites local performers to create and cross the medium from books, poems, and prose to music, dance, film and theater. On Thursday, November 8, Org: Literati coincides with the release of Jaggery’s EP Private Violence, inspired by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Hosted by a former English professor, and featuring work inspired by writers from Yeats to Genet to Dostoevsky.
Suggested attire: in costume as your favorite literary character.
Bring: a copy of your favorite book that you are willing to part with.
Thursday, November 8th
2 Arrow Street
Doors: 7:30 pm, event starts at 8 pm 18+
Adv tickets: $20 seating, $15 standing / Day of tickets: $20 standing, $25 seating
Click here for tickets.
–The Deli Staff
Rustic Overtones will be hitting the road in support of their new album Let’s Start a Cult, their 8th studio album. They will be playing Davis Square Theater on November 3. This will be Rustic Overtones first stop in the Boston area since the release of their album. They will perform a collection of songs off Let’s Start a Cult and a few old favorites. The band will continue with shows throughout the northeast all Fall. Joining them will be Boston favorite Love in Stockholm who has opened for both Maroon 5 and Chicago. Also on the bill is Orange Television from Northampton, MA.
November 3rd, 2012
Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St.,
Doors 8 pm,
$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
–The Deli Staff
Featured on the cover of The Deli back in 2007, Clare and the Reasons play elegant pop propelled by married couple Claire Muldaus Manchon’s sublime voice and Olivier Manchon’s imaginative orchestral arrangement – they both worked on several Sufjan Steven’s songs, and scored several movies’ soundtracks. Definitely darker and more tribal than the band’s average material, the band’s new single "Bass Face" was inspired by a conversation the couple had in Berlin with a bass player, who claimed he "made no face" when playing his instrument. The single’s video (streaming below) protrays the "bass man" as some sort of new Elephant Man, while strolling aimlessly through the frozen streets of the German capital city.
Following a single and an EP, Brooklyn five-piece Gross Relations released last week a first (self-titled) full-length – and it’s tasty. Rarely has lo-fi seemed like such a good alternative to routine. Driving synth-heavy melodies through a stream of 90s alt-rock a la Lemonheads, Fountains of Wayne & acolytes, the album takes fuzz to its cheerful place through a (free!) collection of hopeful anthems. Starting with Signs – the most vivid example of this tendency – Gross Relations rethought the buildup of a pop rock song, one part at a time, as a path that doesn’t have to end in a scintillating explosion but can convey the exact same satisfaction in a crackling, confused mess of a climax. Download their single "Fine Tune Something" below. – Tracy Mamoun