There’s a whole mess of shows Tuesday night for those of you who are still figuring out your New Year’s Eve plans, but you can still see great music this week if you’re all booked up to ring in the new year. Tonight Roky Erickson plays his first of two local shows at Beat Kitchen; and tomorrow night Dessa hits Lincoln Hall.
There are plenty of other concerts to check out in the next few days—head to Soundboard for more listings and read below for a couple picks from Reader critics.
“Ever since the mid-aughts, when they were still spinning parties at tiny north-side dive Town Hall Pub, Chicago-born DJ/production duo Flosstradamus have been motivated by a desire to combine rap music’s aesthetics with the energy and inclusiveness of dance-music culture,” writes Miles Raymer. “When they started out, that meant spinning Jock Jams techno alongside Dirty South rap to crowds of hipsters and hip-hop kids, but today, with more than a million followers on Soundcloud, they’re at the forefront of ‘trap music,’ which updates this blend by combining contemporary EDM and the trap sound that’s been dominating southern rap lately. This year they proved their bona fides on both sides, first signing with dance label Ultra Music, home to arena-filling acts Kaskade and Benny Benassi, and then spending a month in Atlanta, trap rap’s spiritual home, recording with local superstars such as Waka Flocka Flame.” Flosstradamus also play the Riv on New Year’s Eve.
“The story of Detroit protopunk trio Death is a good one—though not quite good enough to support the full-length 2012 documentary A Band Called Death—and it’s been told many times since 2009, when Drag City released a collection of the group’s 1975 studio recordings called . . . For the Whole World to See,” writes Peter Margasak. “The Hackney brothers were surrounded by the sounds of Motown during their formative years, but in the early 70s, when singer and guitarist David got hooked on hard-rock bands such as the Who and the Stooges, he convinced his brothers Dannis, who played drums, and Bobby, who played bass, to follow him down the same path. As Death they found no real success in their day, releasing only one scorching single, ‘Politicians in My Eyes’ b/w ‘Keep on Knocking,’ on a small regional label. That record came out in 1976, and a few years later the Hackneys—bitter after Columbia Records rejected them for refusing to change the band’s name—moved to Burlington, Vermont, where they became the Fourth Movement and began playing gospel rock. The Drag City release, which augmented the single with tracks made around the same time, reveals Death’s music as a precursor to punk, with more high-speed energy than fellow Detroit pioneers the MC5 and the Stooges—their style came closer to the jackhammer rhythms of Bad Brains. In 2011 Drag City scraped the barrel to release Spiritual-Mental-Physical, a collection of ten tracks recorded in the band’s home studio; the sound quality is rougher and the material isn’t as strong, but a couple of loose, jazz-informed jams make the Hackneys’ love of Jimi Hendrix clear.”